What you need to know about Treptow-Köpenick
Proportionally, Treptow-Köpenick has the largest area of forest, waterways and lakes of any Berlin borough. And with its rivers and lakes, beautiful parks and the charming old town of Köpenick, the south-east of Berlin is like a weekend trip, every day, any day. But it also has many other fascinating facets, from the history recounted in its old industrial buildings to the popular FEZ leisure centre, renowned as a paradise for families. Treptow-Köpenick is also highly rated for the space it offers for sports, with perfect conditions for windsurfing, sailing, jogging and cycling.
Stretching from the eastern edge of the city to green Treptower Park, Treptow-Köpenick is Berlin's largest borough in terms of area. Its neighbour to the west is Kreuzberg, famed as the heartlands of Berlin’s alternative culture, but Treptow-Köpenick is also home to a vibrant nightlife and arts scene. The Arena is one of the city’s hottest venues for parties, events, and concerts, while the hipsters can be found hunkered down with laptops and coffee in the cafés and bars along Lohmühlenstraße.
Down along the eastern River Spree, the borough becomes increasingly idyllic. Tour boats depart from the Treptower Park jetty for the inner city, and paddle boats often criss-cross the quiet waters at the Insel der Jugend (Island of Youth). If you prefer stargazing to messing about in boats, head for the nearby Archenhold Observatory in Treptower Park to explore the mysteries of the universe.
Towards Schöneweide, the old brick industrial buildings have gained a new lease of life as home to start-ups and the studios of art students. At Berlin’s leading technology park in Adlershof, which attracts scientists from around the world, the future is also high on the agenda.