An intense ride and walk today to the elemental attitudes of quite green Berlin being equipped not only with lots of culture and visionary street-art but besides to be discovered also huge forests, rivers, lakes and numerous parks on the municipal territory.

Video by Stiftung Naturschutz Berlin

Berlin is sometimes also called capital of the wild animals, and in this video the Wildlife Officer of Berlin, Derk Ehlert, will show you some reasons for it. You can see for example Canadian wild geese, mandarin ducks from Asia or the European kingfisher in the very city centre at Tiergarten park not far from Brandenburg Gate. Unfortunately this video is only available in German, but pictures may also tell a story.

Forestal pond, Berlin-Grunewald

The ruins of freight station Berlin-Charlottenburg and after decades of decay now encircled by a wild and thick jungle

“We can use patterns from the previous era to guess at some features in such a new era. As each past era has felt its ways to be superior to the ways of prior eras, we may expect the next era to see their ways as superior to ours.” (The Age of EM, Robin Hanson)

Sand dunes, Berlin-Grunewald

Greened gasometer, Berlin-Marienfelde

Around 2,000 years ago forests were regarded in Central-Europe as holy locations,  so the woodlands meant the natural temple those days as already reported by the Roman historian Tacitus in Germania IX. This may explain somehow also the romantical view on this special location being virulent till today. Now nature is in any case wild as ever and beyound our control.

Krumme Laake is a tiny lake in the woods of Berlin-Müggelheim

Former railway facilities at natural park Gleisdreieck, Berlin-Schöneberg

With these pictures and impressions I am wishing you a nice and happy summer season whereever.