Nature Conservation Center Ökowerk / BerlinFree entry
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The Nature Conservation Center (Naturschutzzentrum) Ökowerk is located in a closed down waterworks station in the middle of the Grunewald. The beautiful red brick building is a listed monument. It is a place to explore and learn more about nature.
The waterworks station was built in 1872 and served to supply water to the western parts of Berlin. It was in use until 1969. In 1985 the old buildings were transformed into a museum and an education platform on nature. You can visit the old waterworks and see the exhibits. There is also the information center Wassererleben (water experiences). On weekends there are a lot of workshops and teachings, which are especially interesting and fun for children. If you are interested in that, please check their webpage.
Beautiful and idyllic is the 2,8 hectares big surrounding area. It is beautifully kept and offers many things to discover. Apart from ponds, there is a meadow orchard, planted fruits and vegetables and a bee house. Even though the areal is not very big and it resembles an enchanted, slightly unkempt garden, this is a place that was skillfully planned and that will captivate you. To spend some time here can be more relaxing than a meditation class. The utter calmness that surrounds you, even on busy days, is so very soothing. It is a special place that is worth a visit. There is a small café that sells some refreshments.
Unfortunately the connection with public transport is not very good. It is best to either come by car or bike. If you are up for more nature, you can go see the Teufelssee that is close by or hike up the forest trail, maybe even up to Teufelsberg.