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Next stop – Reinickendorf

Docked sailboats at the Tegeler See in Berlin
Lake Tegel in Reinickendorf © visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

Reinickendorf is all about variety – with something for everyone, from nature lovers to architecture buffs. The many architectural gems here are linked by the S1 city railway line, which follows part of the legendary 19th-century “Nordbahn” railway to the Baltic.Founded in 1910 in the wake of the garden city movement, the Frohnau suburb has elegant villas and stylish houses around an art nouveau station and the “Casinoturm” landmark tower. Neighbouring Hermsdorf was famous for its brickworks, and donated bricks for Berlin’s Rote Rathaus town hall. Renowned German expressionist artist Max Beckmann had a studio house at Ringstrasse 17, set slightly back from the road. In the Cold War, the Wall enclosed a narrow East German street nicknamed the “Entenschnabel” (duck’s beak) protruding into West Berlin.

In Waidmannslust, the Volta Work produced transformers, while an adjacent estate of country-style houses grew up around the green Dianaplatz, now noted for its heritage buildings from around 1900. Eichborndamm leads from the city railway (S-Bahn) station past the Imperial Post Office building to the historic village green. The 15th-century church, built from glacial erratic rocks, houses a Baroque pulpit altar; the graveyard has 18th and 19th century cast-iron crosses. Outside the Schupke Restaurant, a milestone from 1841 shows the way to Tegel. Some way on, the Wittenau district presents an example of its industrial heritage with a brick building of 20,000 sqm, once a weapons and munitions factory and now home to Berlin’s central state archive.

Special Tips for Reinickendorf

The New Objectivity-style Weisse Stadt (White City), noted for its white facades and green courtyards, belongs to the six Berlin Modernism estates inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2008.

Dorfkirche Wittenau (village church), close to the old village green and 19th century farmhouses, is Reinickendorf’s oldest heritage building. Constructed from glacial rocks, the church houses pre-Reformation carvings and a winged altarpiece. Discover the city off the well-beaten tourist track