Anupam Bansal,
Malini Kochupillai

Architectural Guide


Maholy Nagy

Internationale Zeitschrift
Für Visuelle Kultur

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Wilfried Wang,
Dan Sylvester

Hans Scharoun

Berlin 1956-1963



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Naturpark Schöneberger Südgelände (Nature Reserve in southern Schöneberg)


Cemetery Hall. Tor

Memorial Tablets

Sale e Tabacchi

The Deserted Room

Luisenst. Canal Gardens

Comenius Garden

Nat. Reserve Schöneberg

Russian Church

R. Luxemburg Memorial

Cadillacs in Concrete

Schildhorn Column

Heerstraße Cemetery
Kleist's Grave
Mori-Ogai Memorial

Over a few decades, S-Bahn (overground train) users have watched unused rails and train installations being turned into unique landscapes instead of rotting, blackened industrial wasteland. With the Nature Reserve in southern Schöneberg , conservationists, academics, town planners and artists have raised a small section of the S-Bahn biotope to the level of a philosophical garden. This former shunting yard is now under the spell cast by untouched woodland and meadows. Rotting sleepers and rusting rails are parts of the same transformation as the encircling roots of young birch and black locust. The traces of the decay of human endeavour and the signs of a new beginning in the landscape are dependent on each other and show each other to advantage. Modern man’s contribution to the undisturbed park are sculptures of rusting iron and paths that are noticeably artificial. These go dead straight along the rails or lead alongside the reserve, not into it, in the form of a metallic catwalk. The park designers and conservationists would like an observing public who knows how to enjoy things by simply looking at them. However the visitor in this lovely setting will not want to completely forego closer inspection and understanding of their natural surroundings.

Address: Priesterweg  10829 Berlin
Bus, Tube, Tram: S 2, S 25 Priesterweg
Hours of opening: 9.00-20.00