Dörferblick is a 86 meters high mountain made of debris from Berlin. Imagine that, after the Second World War, the city was filled with pieces of buildings and rubble… Where do you put all that? Dorferblick was one of these places. Those mountains of debris are so common in Germany that they even have a name for Trümmerberg.
Dörferblick started to grow in 1958, during the post-war period. But it only became as high as it is today after the construction of the Berlin Wall. Since the landfills in Brandenburg couldn’t be reached anymore, all the garbage from Berlin needed to go somewhere and this place was the Dörferblick.
In the middle of the 1970s, Berlin decided to turn the area into a recreational park. This proved to be a little difficult since there are biochemical processes that need to happen before you can use the place for something fun.
But, everything is alright with Dörferblick today. From the summit, you can have a great view of the villages of Großziethen, Schönefeld and Waßmannsdorf. This view from the villages gave Dörferblick its name. Something that could be translated as villages view.
What you can do at Dörferblick
The cool thing about the Dörferblick isn’t the village view. From up there, you can see where the utopian BER airport is and the airport Schönefeld as well. It might be a good place to watch airplanes land if this is something you like to do.
If you look north, you can see the south side of Neukölln and Berlin. One of the coolest views of the TV Tower can be had from there. From the north side, you’re going to see a Berlin you don’t see that often. I imagine that if I liked the view in these cold days, how beautiful it must be during the summer…
I found this place completely by accident last Sunday. Marcela was enjoying Bucharest and I was writing articles for Fotostrasse when I decided to take my bike and cycle somewhere. Whenever I do that, I just follow Karl Marx Strasse south and go into Brandenburg.
This time I took a wrong turn and decided to go into Schönefeld’s direction. After a few minutes, I saw this small mountain that I never imagine to see in Rudow. Of course, I had to go up there to see what it was and this is how I found out about Dorferblick.
If you are looking to explore Berlin outside of the Ringbahn, this might be a cool place to go. Go take a look at Dörferblick for yourself, you can take the U-Bahn into Rudow and walk the rest.
Or take the S-Bahn into Schönefeld and follow the map below into Dorferblick. Or you can do like I did and take a bike south of Berlin and find the place. It is not that complicated.