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Wild nature at Marienfelde district
Wild nature at Marienfelde district © Pressestelle Tempelhof-Schöneberg

Marienfelde Village Green

The Image of a Brandenburg Village

Granted, the entrance to the Marienfelde village centre is a bit hidden away between Friedenfelser Straße, Nahmitzer Damm and Marienfelder Allee, but once you find it, you'll be on a time journey back to an old Brandenburg village. The street named Alt-Marienfelde (Old Marienfelde) is true to its name and takes you directly to the village green with the village church.

Marienfelde Church

This sanctuary, along with those in Biesdorf and Karow, is the oldest village church in Berlin. This charming little church was built of rugged field stone on a former burial ground somewhere between 1220–1240. The building is late Romanesque in style with some early Gothic additions. The walls are between 110 and 175 cm thick and serve as evidence of the church's auxiliary function as a village fortress. Marienfelde, like similar settlements in historic Mariendorf and Rixdorf, was part of the protective ring of settlements built along the Teltow by the Knights Templar, who, incidentally, gave today's Tempelhof district its name.

Village Green and Manor House

Old farmhouses are grouped around the village green, but what stands out is the manor house built by Adolf Kiepert to look like an Italian villa with towers, and which has been home to a laboratory for the Federal Health Office since the 1970s. Adjacent is the Gutspark Marienfelde, also designed by Kiepert. The manor park has served as a public green space since 1936 and is nice play for a short walk through the decorative garden and various sculptures.