Berlin is a green city. This is always noticeable to us when we are looking for a place for a short walk. The Lübars leisure park with the Lübarser Höhe is the ideal place for a short trip.
It was drizzling and the sky was grey. Nevertheless, we were drawn to the fresh air and the Lübars recreational park in Reinickendorf. Here in the district of Lübars, in the immediate vicinity of the large housing estate Märkisches Viertel, is one of Berlin’s many recreational areas.
Emergence of the leisure park
Anyone driving through the densely built-up Märkisches Viertel district will realise that a counterpoint urgently needed to be created here to help improve the quality of life.
In 1975, therefore, the Lübars leisure park began to be created in the immediate vicinity. Previously, the area had been used as a landfill site. This was closed and the area was gradually transformed into a park. Topsoil was applied and trees and bushes were planted. The site was completed in 1993. Today, the only reminder of the landfill is the occasional vent pipe sticking out of the ground. If you ask the “natives” around the recreation park, you will still hear “We go to the rubbish dump”, even though you can hardly see anything of it today.
The result is a 39.6 ha park with an 85.3 metre high artificial hill. At the highest point of the “Lübarser Höhe” is a natural stone circle.
What can you do in the Lübars leisure park?
The entire area is criss-crossed with signposted hiking and cycling trails. There are even bridle paths that are popular with the nearby equestrian farms. The hiking trails connect Lübars Leisure Park with Blankenfelde and the surrounding Brandenburg countryside. We had a wonderful walk around the small mountain here despite the rain.
In winter, the Lübarser Höhe offers a toboggan run about 300 metres long. Here you will also find a large sunbathing lawn and barbecue areas. Yes, and if you walk up the path to the top of the hill, you can enjoy a great view.
A little tip for autumn: the meadows in Lübars Leisure Park are perfect for flying kites.
There is an adventure playground at the edge of the park. Here the children will find numerous slides, climbing opportunities and also water. This makes a day at the playground fun! For skaters, there is a half pipe.
Old pheasantry on the edge of the park
Around 1740, King Frederick II had a pheasantry built on the Lübarser Feldmark for his Rosenthal estate. Over time, a small settlement developed. Around 1843, the pheasantry was abandoned and the area was used for agriculture.
From 1966-1977, two pig farms were located on the grounds of the Alte Fasanerie until 1978, when the Reinickendorf district authority took over the grounds and founded a youth farm.
A farm was created on which children and young people were to be shown rural life in the city of Berlin (West), which at that time was separated from the surrounding countryside. For this purpose, a characteristic farmstead with residential and farm buildings was built around a rectangular courtyard, just as a typical farm in the Mark Brandenburg originally looked. Numerous school classes and kindergarten groups used the excursion destination in the mornings and families came at weekends and in the afternoons. Numerous programmes were offered, from baking bread to handicrafts.
Since 1996, the youth farm has been run by private sponsors under the name “Alte Fasanerie”. Programmes for young and old are still organised here, dealing with the theme of nature and social interaction.
We went to the farm and had a look around. Unfortunately, many animals had to leave the farm for economic reasons and so there are only a few stables left to visit. Vegetables are grown in the fields and there is a restaurant where you can eat and drink something after the walk.
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