Mother Na­ture’s Train­yard

Where Berlin - - SIGHTSEEING -

Over the course of the last half cen­tury, na­ture has slowly been re­claim­ing the area for­merly oc­cu­pied by Rang­ier­bahn­hof Tem­pel­hof. Fo­liage and trees have sprung up and en­gulfed the aban­doned switch­yard, tracks and all, lend­ing it a fairy­tale feel, par­tic­u­larly dur­ing spring bloom. To­day, the wilds of Schöneberger Südgelände are a fa­vorite des­ti­na­tion for pho­tog­ra­phers, hik­ers, and afi­ciona­dos of for­got­ten spa­ces, who en­joy ex­plor­ing the over­grown rem­nants of trains, a wa­ter tower, a rail­way turntable, and even a 4000sq.m (43,000sq.ft) lo­co­mo­tive hall, ei­ther alone or on guided tours. www.gruen-ber­lin.de

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