The Kienbergpark extends across the Kienberg hill, areas of the Wuhletal and the “Auftakt Hellersdorf” green space. A new urban and park landscape will be completed here by 2017.
In 2017 Berlin will host the International Garden Exhibition (IGA). The exhibition area in Berlin’s eastern-most district, including the Gardens of the World (Gärten der Welt) and Kienberg Park, covers 100 hectares. In April 2014 the Marzahn-Hellersdorf district authority transferred the management and development of open space on and around the Kienberg, areas of the Wuhletal valley and the “Auftakt Hellersdorf”, and in future the Kienberg Park, to Grün Berlin GmbH. The maintenance and usage contract will extend beyond the IGA until 2033. After the IGA 2017 the whole area will remain publicly accessible.
The Gardens of the World extension and development measures on and around the Kienberg and Wuhletal will create the barrier-free connection to local public transport, urgently needed due to the increase in visitor numbers, such as to the U-Bahn line U5 with direct connections to Berlin’s central railway station (Hauptbahnhof) from 2018.
“Auftakt Hellersdorf” is a site extending from Hellersdorfer Strasse to the edge of the Wuhletal open space. A new bus parking area, the nearby “Kienberg - Gärten der Welt” U-Bahn station and future valley station of the cableway will lend this location increasing importance as a connection between Hellersdorf and Marzahn, with the Wuhlesteg a further link.
The Wuhletal links Hellersdorf and Marzahn. This special natural space will be further developed, taking ecological aspects into account. In future the Kienberg and Wuhletal will no longer be seen as separating elements but as links between Hellersdorf and Marzahn. As well as the "Platz am See", an environmental education centre will be built at the end of the Wuhlesteg.
At the foot of the Kienberg’s southern slope, the long Kienberg terraces have been planned to reinforce and further develop the area’s existing topography, consisting of trenches, paths and the bottom of the slope. Here the planting of south-facing terrace gardens will spatially “elevate” the Kienberg’s slope.
The Kienberg will retain its quiet, densely wooded character and be further ecologically developed to enhance its diversity of structures and species. The existing serpentine path on its western side will be added to with a new ascending path on the eastern side and a direct connection from the Gardens of the World with the “Marzahner Ausguck” hill via the Tälchenbrücke bridge. At its summit will be a spacious, open plateau with the “Wolkenhain” lookout platform. Nature conservation organisations will monitor these measures.
This 300-metre-long bridge spans the Wuhletal valley like an “urban brace”, providing a barrier-free link between Hellersdorf and Marzahn. The Wuhlesteg will create a new connection between the “Kienberg - Gärten der Welt” U-Bahn station (by 2017: Neue Grottkauer Strasse) and the Gardens of the World, and concentrate visitor routes through the Wuhletal valley.
At the northern foot of the Kienberg the new 85 metre-long Tälchenbrücke bridge provides a barrier-free link between the Gardens of the World and the Kienberg plateau and “Wolkenhain”.
The Kienberg summit will be “crowned” by a 30-metre high lookout platform – a piece of “land art” visible for miles around. The Wolkenhain is designed to look like a walk-in floating cloud. Visitors can enjoy a fantastic view from its 140-metre height over the centre of Berlin and into Brandenburg’s cultivated landscape. At the base of the building is a visitor information centre and cafe.