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One of Berlin's villa colonies still stands out today: Grunewald, conveniently located between City West and Berlin's most famous forest. Protected by Chancellor Bismarck, wealthy Berliners settled here from 1889 and enjoyed the tranquility of their huge estates, but also took advantage of the proximity to Kurfürstendamm.

Tour Grunewald: Villenidyll zwischen Großstadt und Wald
Tour Grunewald: Villenidyll zwischen Großstadt und Wald © Bernd Gutberlet

The most famous residents included the industrialist and foreign minister Walther Rathenau, the publisher Samuel Fischer, the Mendelssohn bankers, but also the dancer Isadora Duncan and film director Murnau or the writers Vicki Baum and Hermann Sudermann.

The tour leads to the idyllic corners of the villa suburb, to preserved splendid villas, picturesque lakes and places of little stories and great history. Tour from Hagenplatz (bus M 19, or walking distance from S-Bahn station Grunewald)

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