The Flaschenhals (‘bottleneck’) Park is on former railway grounds between Yorckstrasse and Monumentenbrücke. The park was named after its shape, which is reminiscent of an upside down bottle.
The Flaschenhals Park is on a former railway site between Yorckstrasse and Monumenten bridge in the Tempelhof-Schöneberg district. Development of the park has transformed a previously inaccessible inner-city wasteland into a new green space for recreation, sport and leisure. Taken together, the Flaschenhals Park, Monumentenplatz and Nord-Süd-Grünzug (north-south green corridor) provide a continuous green path system along which people can walk, cycle or skate from the Natur-Park Südgelände in Schöneberg through the Park am Gleisdreieck to the Tiergarten in Mitte. The path system is also part of the Berlin-Leipzig long-distance cycle track.
The park takes its name (“bottleneck park”) from its shape, which is like that of an upside-down bottle. Initial design ideas for the site were developed in 2006 in an international competition on landscape planning for the Park am Gleisdreieck. Building work began on the Flaschenhals Park in 2009 based on a design by the competition winner, Atelier Loidl (Berlin). Its designers paid particular attention to carefully creating access to existing areas, so many of the new paths follow former railway tracks. Many relics left over from the park’s history as a railyard remind visitors of its original use.
Visitors enter the park through entrances on Yorckstrasse and the Monumenten bridge. Temporary use of Yorckbrücke No. 10 is an important part of the concept, ensuring that visitors do not have to cross busy Yorckstrasse. By 2016 four more Yorck bridges will have been refurbished, strengthening links between the Park am Gleisdreieck and Flaschenhals Park.
The Flaschenhals Park opened on the 21st of March 2014. Its planning and construction was financed through investment funding provided by the Land Berlin and compensation measure funding. Financing for the Berlin-Leipzig long-distance cycle path was provided out of funds from the “Improving regional business structures” common task programme, the Senate Department for Economics, Technology and Research, and investment funding from the Land Berlin.