Ur­ban Wood­lands

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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.

SOLVEIG STEINHARDT EDITOR, WHERE BERLIN

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