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Where water and forest are abundant and top ratings are everyday business

Real Estate Treptow-Köpenick

An abandoned Ferris wheel, the skeleton of a white-water ride and a decommissioned roundabout: surrounded by trees and tall grass, the remains of the Spree Park, which was shut down in 2001, appear oddly bizarre. The fairground rides in Plänterwald are rotting away like oversized art objects. Hard to believe that once children were screaming here with joy, that clowns made their jokes and that generations of Berliners have spent happy days here. But the hustle and bustle is over – and an era came to an end that never really fit into the introspective district of Treptow-Köpenick anyway. Because far away from the bustle of the city, about 53 percent of Berlin’s district with the largest area consist of forest and water. No other district in Berlin can offer something similar.

Seven lakes, 165 kilometres of waterways, 140 bridges: those who like living near the water have good chances in Treptow-Köpenick. 13 percent of the area are covered by water and among other lakes is the Müggelsee the largest lake inside the city limits. But the district is number one in other fields too: with almost 115 metres, the Müggelberg is the highest mountain in Berlin, the Baroque Castle in Köpenick is Berlin’s only water castle, the Köpenicker Forst is the largest forest in Berlin and the Treptowers are the highest office buildings in Berlin. Furthermore, the Späthsche Baumschule is the oldest tree farm in Germany, the ferry across the Müggelspree is the only German ferry line operating with a row boat and the observatory features the world’s largest lens telescope.

People in this district of superlatives mainly live in single-family homes, town houses and smaller multi-family homes. These kinds of housing complexes can be found in Schmöckwitz, Wendenschloß, Rahnsdorf, Bohnsdorf or Baumschulenweg, for instance. In premium locations such as Friedrichshagen and Müggelheim, you may also find some grand villas, some even dating back to imperial times. Life is particularly pretty in the garden city of Falkenberg in Bohnsdorf. The facades of the “Tuschkastensiedlung” (paintbox village) shine in yellow, green, blue and many other colours. The village consists of individual and town houses, was developed around 1913 and was given the status of Unesco World Cultural Heritage in 2008.

But traces of history can also be found in other places of the district. In front of the Köpenick town hall, the statue of Friedrich Wilhelm Voigt, better known as the “Hauptmann von Köpenick”, commemorates a moment in history that was often repeated in films, plays and books. Masqueraded as an army captain and supported by soldiers, he confiscated the municipal treasury and arrested the mayor in 1906. The pretty old town of Köpenick, with its renovated old buildings, the water castle, the numerous cafés, restaurants and small stores is a beautiful tourist attraction. It is also a residential alternative for those who rather want to live a small-town than a secluded life and still want to avoid the bustle of the big city.

But even if life is more tranquil in Treptow-Köpenick, people are not conservative or opposed to progress at all. Au contraire! The new airport of the capital will bring new challenges in the future, but also many jobs. Already now, the district is planning about 10,000 new apartments until 2020. There is enough space available in Berlin’s most sparsely populated district, particularly since plenty of industrial waste land can be found here in attractive locations. And progress is what they bank on in another place too: the Science, Media and Technology Park Adlershof has evolved into an important economic factor. More than 1,000 companies, six institutes of the Humboldt University, several research institutes and numerous film and TV studios already work on the premises of the former Johannisthal airfield. Up to 20,000 jobs are to be generated here in medium term. It would not be a surprise if Treptow-Köpenick would have to announce more news of successes in the future. What else should we expect from a district that moves so skilfully between tradition and modernity and takes the top spots in so many fields?

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