When I think of the Berlin summer, I think of blue skies with fast-moving clouds, trees painted in the largest variety of green shades, of warm days and fresh breezes. But what I like most about summer in Berlin is the fact that no matter how deep into the urban texture you immerse yourself, there's always a green escape nearby, be it a playground, a park, or a whole forest. This combination of urban and natural is what makes Berlin special to nature lovers, and an example of this is the Naturpark Südgelände Schöneberg (S Priesterweg). This former railway yard was last used in the 1940s and lay abandoned throughout the Cold War due to the reduced train service in West Berlin. Five decades of complete neglect allowed nature to regain possession of the area, and the result today is a wild urban woodland. With train tracks interspersed with trees and shrubs, old locomotive halls surrounded by high grass, and ancient, abandoned trains, this is one of the most unusual parks you will ever see, and it is particularly popular with photographers who go there to capture the evocative combination of Berlin history and nature's ability to quickly reconquer its spaces.
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