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A trip to the Natur Park Südgelände is always a voyage of discovery. Once opened as part of the Expo 2000 world exhibition, the park on the site of the former Tempelhof marshalling yard fascinates with its unique combination of old railway technology, wild nature worthy of protection and art. From the very beginning, the park has stood for the successful transformation of a former industrial wasteland into a nature park of a special kind. Originally planned by artists and landscape architects, visitors to this unique park, the first of its kind, stroll between the present and the past through partly untouched nature, which time and again reveals surprising new relics from days gone by.

In 2022, the jury of the Italian Benetton Studies and Research Foundation based in Treviso (Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche, Treviso) honoured Berlin's urban nature and the Natur Park Südgelände as a "bridge between ecology, art and urban culture" with the International Carlo Scarpa Prize. The international award, which has been presented annually since 1990, recognises outstanding places in landscape architecture that relate nature-related, historical and design values in a special way and bring them to life.

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