What you need to know about Reinickendorf
Whether you are a nature or sports lover, keen on quality family time or an architecture buff – Reinickendorf is sure to have what makes your heart beat faster! This is a borough which breathes variety.
In the wake of the 1920 land reform, Reinickendorf was created from six very different villages –the root of today's colourful mix. Here, you can find upscale town houses and working class housing estates, bustling industrial locations and quiet recreational areas, big city lifestyles and spreading natural lakes.
Since the 19th century, the green district of Tegel has attracted day trippers keen to stroll its large forest, laze on idyllic lakeside beaches, relax at the attractive harbour or visit the manor house belonging to the famous Humboldt brothers. The attractions also include the spreading Tegeler See lake with Berlin’s only landing stages for river cruise boats, and the lakeside district of Tegelort which even has a car ferry across the water to Spandau. The mood is rather more eerie at Heiligensee lake. Here, an ancient tale recounts how two bells float across the water at midnight, talking to one another.
Visiting Lübars village, with its charming farms, village school and baroque church, is like travelling back in time to a rural past. The Tegeler Fliess nature conservancy area starts just beyond Lübars – perfect to relax and recharge your batteries! Fully refreshed, head for the lovingly designed Heimatmuseum, the local history museum, or for Wittenau with its carefully maintained village green.
Berlin's neighbourhoods at a glance
And it’s no distance from the manor houses there to the modern “Märkisches Viertel” development of high rises. Constructed in West Berlin at the time of the Wall, the Märkisches Viertel district was long claimed to exemplify all the downsides of a commuter town. Today though, it has become a popular, well-kept housing estate with lots of green space, almost like a small town of its own.
Reinickendorf is also home to the Weisse Stadt (White City) development along Aroser Allee, one of the six Berlin Modernism estates inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage. Reinickendorf’s old city centre also has a very particular sight to offer – the remains of the village green going right back to 1230!