The area used to be the Tempelhof switching yard and fuses now industrial culture, wild nature and contemporate art into unique photographic compositions. The last train left the switching yard in 1952 and young birch trees grow now between the old train rails. The huge engine shed serves now as stage for unusual theatre performances.
Ever since the Expo 2000, this former industrial waste land of 18 hectares has been serving as a public natural reserve. Only 4 (!) S-Bahn stations away is Potsdamer Platz - you may not notice it but you are in the heart of the city - the last place where you would expect to find rare and threatened species of plants. At the smae time the reserve is at the same time a place for you to recharge your batteries in the green.
Photography at the Natur-Park Schöneberger SüdgeländePrellerweg 47 - 49
- Daily: After 09:00 am
- Entrance Fee: If you are older than 14 years, you pay 1,00 to get in the park. Annual pass: 30,00 euros.
- Gastronomy: Recharge your batteries at Café Paresüd, open between April and October on Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. On Sundays, the café offers a "family brunch in historic railroad setting" between 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.
- Guided Tours: Natur am Zug - Discover nature amidst old railway tracks, cost: 5,00 euro plus ticket to the park; Plant Exploration: 10,00 euro plus park ticket. Schedules of the guided tours can be found on the website.
- Events: Natur-Park Schöneberger Südgelände offers also other events in addition to the guided tours. The events include theatre performances (for example Shakespeare or Fräulein Brehm), family events and sports classes. Traditionally on the first and second Advent Sunday a christmas market takes places in the old engine sheds. The schedule of current events can be found on the website of the park.