Natur-Park Schöneberger Südgelände

Old railroad tracks converted to walking paths in Natur-Park Schoneberger-Sudgelande
Old railroad tracks converted to walking paths in Natur-Park Schoneberger-Sudgelande cc licensed photo by Silke

For a wonderful place to relax and escape the hubbub of the city, Natur-Park Südgelände is the answer.

Off the tourist radar, even though simple to get to on public transport, this local secret is an enjoyable place to roam and connect with nature.

This wonderful nature preserve exists in a narrow strip of woodlands and thick vegetation nestled between two active railroad tracks.

The land was previously a railroad switch yard active from 1889 through 1952. After its closure, nature took its course reclaiming much of the land.

The natural process was nearly reversed in the late 1970s when plans to build a new freight station was set in motion. Residents, who had come to enjoy the new-found wilderness, pressured the government into abandoning the project and in 1995 the Deutsche Bahn donated the land to the City of Berlin.

Four years afterward, the park was officially opened in 1999.

Naturalists and history buffs will both enjoy what Natur-Park Südgelände offers.

Nature lovers will love the wide variety of vegetation and fauna including many threatened species that have found a safe habitat inside the park.

Bird watchers can try to identify as many of the 49 species of birds living here as they can. An incredible 95 species of bee that have been found in the park.

History buffs and railway fans will be interested in the remaining railway infrastructure including a DRB Class 50 Steam locomotive from 1940 sitting on a turntable. An old 4000-square-foot old locomotive hall continues to be employed for events and various artistic performances.

A rusting 50 metre high water tower, built in 1927 to provide water for the steam locomotives of those days, is a popular subject for photographers.

Every year, on the first Advent weekend, Natur-Park Schoneberger-Sudgelande hosts a Christmas Market called Advent Lichter Genuss where you can find unique homemade gifts and works of art, and enjoy culinary delights. The market is held in front of the locomotive hall by the old water tower. During this event, the park is bathed with light from countless candles creating an enchanted forest.

There is a cafe on the lower floor of the Brückenmeisterei (former bridge master’s building) where you can get a bite to eat during your visit.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: No

Natur-Park Schöneberger Südgelände Hours:
Opening hours may differ on holidays

  • Monday: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Thursday: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Friday: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Saturday: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Sunday: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Address: Prellerweg 47-49, 12157 Berlin, Germany

Phone: 030 700906710

Official Website: Natur-Park Schöneberger Südgelände

Natur-Park Schöneberger Südgelände Reviews

Rated 4.6 out of 5 Star Rating

5 Star Rating A great place to explore, only on foot (bikes must be left at the entrace), the entrace fee is just €1 (coins only, but we bought the tickets from the Staff who has the change). Definitely worth visiting. Come by train.
Joanna Ustupska - a month ago

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5 Star Rating Schönerberger Südgelände is a hidden gem in Berlin. The park's vibrant nature, beautiful art installations, and rich history make it a must-visit. A perfect escape from the city, offering tranquility and inspiration. Highly recommend exploring this unique urban oasis!
William Hardister - a year ago

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5 Star Rating Beautiful train station taken over by nature. The paths are very well maintained and easily accessible. The 1€ entry fee is very reasonable for what you have access to.
Felix Blais - 11 months ago

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5 Star Rating Spent a wonderful couple of hours here. My partner loves derelict railways so this was right up his street. The track is all still there as well as the turntable and a few buildings. There is a small cafeteria and clean toilets. Easy to get to by public transport. You literally walk out of the station onto the park. I found the 1 euro entry fee well worth it.
Karen Edwards - 2 years ago

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5 Star Rating Interesting mix of park and nature as well as relics of industry/railroad. Convenient as can be to the Priesterweg stop and worth a visit. We were controlled so recommend you buy a ticket and anyways, it is only a euro and helps maintain a natural environment
Thomas Neil - 2 months ago

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Directions

How to get to Natur-Park Schöneberger Südgelände by S-Bahn

Nearest S-Bahn Line(s): S2, S25, S26
Nearest S-Bahn Station(s): S Priesterweg

The park entrance is located on the west side of Priesterweg Station.

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