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Autumn Colours in Berlin

Autumn Foliage at Gemeindepark Lankwitz in Berlin

There is something magical about autumn in Berlin.  Pushing aside all thoughts of a hangover after the first Schmankerl-Hüttn of the year in order to take advantage of the sunshine and unseasonably warm Berlin weather we headed for Gemeindepark Lankwitz yesterday.

The sun brought out the best in the autumn foliage and having picked the park at random from a Google Maps search we were pleasantly surprised to find deer, goats, sheep and ducks there.

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Autumn Colours at Gemeindepark Lankwitz in Berlin

As we have enjoyed a hot and dry summer and mild, sunny and sometimes positively balmy autumn in Berlin so far this year I can only assume that the winter is going to be ridiculously cold to compensate.

Natur-Park Schöneberger Südgelände

Disused rail tracks at Natur-Park Schöneberger Südgelände in Berlin

An abundance of green space, the proliferation of graffiti and street art and the wealth of old industrial buildings are just some of the reasons why I love Berlin and Natur-Park Schöneberger Südgelände is the embodiment of all three.

The most prominent feature of the park, visible as you enter, is the 50m tall water tower.

A water tower through trees at Natur-Park Schöneberger Südgelände in Berlin

Water Tower at Natur-Park Schöneberger Südgelände in Berlin

Previously a railway marshalling yard, 18 hectares of land near S-Bahnhof Priesterweg in the Tempelhof area of Berlin has been turned over to nature.

Trees grow between the disused rail tracks and here and there are reminders of the site’s former life.

An old steam train at Natur-Park Schöneberger Südgelände in Berlin

A metal box at Natur-Park Schöneberger Südgelände in Berlin

A train Turning Circle at Natur-Park Schöneberger Südgelände in Berlin

Vehicle at Natur-Park Schöneberger Südgelände in Berlin

Nature has been slowly reclaiming the area since the train yard and depot closed in 1952 and the Nature Park was officially opened in 1999.

Natur-Park Schöneberger Südgelände in Berlin

A section of the park has been set aside for the legal spraying of graffiti under a set of rules:

Spraying is not allowed except at the walls of the “Tälchenweg” Monday through Saturday after 3pm;

Sundays and public holidays are completely “out”.

Within this: enjoy yourself.

But…

  1. We do not want to see any graffiti on buildings, the water tower, the “yellow wall”, on trees and artwork.
  2. Tags are not permitted on park benches, trees, litter bins or elsewhere.
  3. Please be sure to take all your belongings incl. cans, buckets, bottles and other litter with you; they are harmful to the natural environment.
  4. Please do keep to these simple straightforward rules.  Anyone ignoring them will be reported to the police.

But above all: have fun!

The legal graffiti spraying area in a tunnel at Natur-Park Schöneberger Südgelände in Berlin

A face at the legal graffiti spraying area in a tunnel at Natur-Park Schöneberger Südgelände in Berlin

Graffiti at the legal spraying area in a tunnel at Natur-Park Schöneberger Südgelände in Berlin

The legal graffiti spraying area in a tunnel at Natur-Park Schöneberger Südgelände in Berlin

It’s sad that despite these rules being displayed in both German and English, there are trees, walls and other objects outside the designated area that have been painted.

A tunnel at Natur-Park Schöneberger Südgelände in Berlin

A tunnel and train tracks at Natur-Park Schöneberger Südgelände in Berlin

It isn’t the most obvious of Berlin’s parks – the Tiergarten, Volkspark Friedrichshain and Treptower Park are all far more popular – but Natur-Park Schöneberger Südgelände is a great place for a relaxing walk.  The remnants of the park’s industrial past poking through the trees and the graffiti area make for an interesting backdrop and it’s well worth a visit, particularly on a sunny day.

Dappled sunlight through cobwebs at Natur-Park Schöneberger Südgelände in Berlin

Autumn colours at Natur-Park Schöneberger Südgelände in Berlin

The sun shines through the trees at Natur-Park Schöneberger Südgelände in Berlin

To visit Natur-Park Schöneberger Südgelände follow the signs from the platform at S-Bahnhof Priesterweg on the S2.  Admission is €1.

Volkspark Friedrichshain

Monument to Polish Soldiers and German Anti-Fascists in Volkspark Friedrichshain in Berlin

The sun was shining on Berlin yesterday and despite a slight drop in the temperature I still thought it was a perfect day to explore one of Berlin’s many parks.

I have passed Volkspark Friedrichshain on the tram a number of times and spotted joggers making their way into, around or out of it but yesterday was my first visit.

The fist thing I noticed as I walked into the park from Danziger Strasse was the Slackline.  At first, I thought it was a Zip Wire and images of the assault course on the Krypton Factor (a UK TV programme) filled my head but as I got closer a figure leapt on to the wire and arms out wide for balance started to make steady progress along the line between two trees.

As I had seen before there were still plenty of people out for a run but there were also others relaxing on the grass enjoying a beer or Club-Mate, a couple strumming guitars, people using the climbing rock and a roller-blader circling the paths.

The two hills in the park the Grosse Bunkerberg and the Kleine Bunkerberg were formed of the rubble of two wartime bunkers.  Not that you’d know they weren’t natural features to look at them now.

Walking through the park I also saw a Beach Volleyball court, a duck pond, a Café and a whole host of statues.

I can imagine as spring turns to Summer, Volkspark Friedrichshain will be filled with Berliners soaking up the sun and making the most of this green space in the city.

Mutter Mit Kind (Mother With Child) Sculpture in Volkspark Friedrichshain in Berlin

A statue to Friedrich der Grosse (Frederick The Great) in Volkspark Friedrichshain in Berlin

The Spanish Civil War Monument in Volkspark Friedrichshain in Berlin

A close up of the Spanish Civil War Monument in Volkspark Friedrichshain in Berlin