This park was once a train yard (more specifically a classification yard or marshalling yard), which has developed into a fascinating mixture of nature, abandoned train remnants (tracks, trains, buildings) and art (graffiti, sculptures).
In a way the quote by Karl Ganser in the beginning of the video, and found twice in the park, says it all: “Die Kunst ist der nächste Nachbar der Wildnis” (= Art is the closest neighbor to wilderness).
Of course, this park reminds me of one of my favorite places in New York City: The High Line, which is a bit more designed and of course in the middle of the urban environment of the metropolis.
If you are in Berlin (or will be here in the future), I highly recommend visiting the park. The best time is probably right now as the leaves change and add to the beautiful color display of the rusted metal, the red squirrel and the lively urban art.
The main entrance is at the S-Bahn station Priesterweg (southern exit). It’s open every day from 9 a.m. til dawn. The admission is 1 EUR.
The song “Secret Powers” is a brand new song by my dear and talented friend Jason Matherne. You listen to the full song on Grooveshark.
You can look at more photos from this video shoot on my personal blog: Photos from Natur-Park Südgelände, Berlin