Berlin’s different districts
Berlin and its various districts have a lot to offer visitors and the possibilities to explore excursions are almost unlimited. It is important, of course, that you book a quarter in good time for the Berlin trip, which experiences the German federal capital throughout the year with a constant flow of visitors, so that hotel rooms are not only in short supply, but also expensive. The Ootel website offers an excellent option. There you can always book a room cheaply. Quarters are available for all requirements and for a short trip or a long-term stay. From a centrally located accommodation you can plan trips to the different districts.
Visit architectural sights in Reinickendorf
Reinickendorf is a district that has a number of architectural sights to see on a Berlin trip. This includes, for example, the Borsigturm, which is Berlin’s oldest high-rise. It is located on the premises of the Borsigwerke, where it is still considered the company’s landmark. The tower is 65 meters high and is one of the few relics that remind of a past industrial era in Reinickendorf. The tower is still used as an office building today, which is why it can only be viewed from the outside. You can also get to know a piece of Berlin tradition in the Schillerpromenade settlement. The housing estate in Reinickendorf is a typical example of residential areas from the 1920s. It was planned by the Berlin architects Bruno Ahrends and Wilhelm Büning in collaboration with the Swiss Otto Rudolf Salvisberg and is characterized by the bright white color of its houses, which has given it the name “The White City” for the Berliners. At the Tegel industrial harbor, on the other hand, you will find an excellent example of postmodern style buildings that were erected there in the 1980s as part of the international building exhibition.
From the old town to the fortifications: Spandau is worth a visit
Spandau is a district of Berlin that visitors to the city often ignore and call “too far out”. However, this is a mistake, since the old, traditional district has a lot to offer. The picturesque old town of Spandau is located on an island that is delimited by the Havel and the Mühlengraben. Historic buildings, art and junk dealers and other shops invite you to stroll. The entire city center is now designed as a pedestrian zone, so that you can walk carefree. The Gothic House on Breite Straße, a red brick building dating back to the 15th century, is just as worth seeing as the Spandau town hall with its 80-meter tower. When visiting Spandau, you should not miss a visit to the citadel. Most of the buildings within the citadel date from the Middle Ages. The July tower can be traced back to the 13th century, making it the oldest building in Berlin. The Spandau Citadel is the best preserved Renaissance fortress in all of Europe and therefore of great historical interest. The July tower, in particular, gained some fame as it once held the Imperial War treasure. The building complex now houses various museums and exhibitions that give visitors a deep insight into Berlin’s history. In the warm season, there are also many festivals and concerts in front of the old walls that attract visitors from near and far.
On the trail of history in Staaken
The village of Staaken was first mentioned in a document in 1276 and it is now assumed that it was founded around 1200 as a street village. In 1920 it was integrated into the Berlin district of Spandau. One of the sights of Staaken is Fort Hahneberg, one of the last fortifications in Germany that was built in the typical Prussian style. The bull ditch is also of historical importance in Staaken. It is a moat that was already artificially created in the 7th century. Today it is assumed that it was part of a once extensive branching canal system.