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Treptow-Köpenick: Where life goes swimmingly

Köpenick palace with a pond
Köpenick palace visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

Treptow-Köpenick, Berlin’s watersports paradise, has a long history, but also a vibrant nightlife and cultural scene – and is great for families. Take a bike tour from Treptow Park to Köpenick Old Town – past fascinating industrial heritage sites and palaces to Berlin’s green south-east.

The tour begins in Treptow Park – Berlin’s largest picnic area on the water! Here, you’ll find both sea planes and paddle boats moored in the river. Slightly further on, there’s the Rose Garden, with over 100 varieties of roses. Across Puschkinallee, the Soviet War Memorial is at the heart of Treptow Park, flanked by trees, well-tended lawns, white steps and the gravestones of over 5000 Soviet soldiers.

The Memorial complex, built from 1946 to 1948 and covering 100,000 square meters, is the largest of its kind in Germany. The historic Archenhold Observatory is just close by. A bridge leads to the “Insel der Jugend” (Island of Youth), with its beer gardens and summer programme of open-air music. Down the Alt-Treptow road, you soon turn left into Bulgarische Strasse, towards the water – and time to relax over a coffee down at the jetty. Then it’s off again across the wooded Plänterwald (park) to Baumschulenstrasse. Just before Baumschulenstrasse, you’ll find a ferry ... and you can either cross on the river here or further down at Stubenrauchbrücke bridge. Either way, your destination is the green Wuhlheide park with its open-air swimming pool and the FEZ leisure centre, a paradise for families. The FEZ is also close to Köpenick’s Baroque palace and the old Town Hall.

The Town Hall is also a regular venue for readings of a Carl Zuckmayer play, based on real events, about the exploits

Special Tips:

Fischerkiez Today, the former Fischerkiez neighbourhood is a quiet street. The attractively refurbished single-storey houses recall the original 19th century fishing village. Two small alleyways lead down to the river.

Anna Seghers Memorial The Anna Seghers Gedenkstätte (Memorial Centre) commemorates this major 20th century writer. The exhibition behind the door with the nameplate “Seghers-Radvanyi” preserves the rooms where she lived and worked, complete with their 1950s furnishings. More local tips