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Nature-Park Schöneberger Südgelände

Posted in Berlin, Germany by folkestonejack on October 4, 2008

I took a morning walk at the Nature-Park Schöneberger Südgelände, which is a rather wonderful green park on the site of a long vanished marshalling yard (Rangierbahnhof Tempelhof).

A few traces remain of the vast complex, such as a water tower, turntable and overgrown tracks hidden amongst the trees – though I thought the most appealing touch was the use of tracks as paths themselves. Other elements in the park have been created to evoke a connection with the past, such as a freshly re-painted class 50 steam locomotive. The modern railway still runs alongside the park and helps define its long narrow shape of the park, literally following the tracks.

The park was quite a contrast with my encounter with the steam survivors of the previous day but as a tranquil morning walk it couldn’t be bettered.