Technically older than Berlin itself, Köpenick has a long, historic past, and as of 1920 has become the city’s biggest borough. Holding Berlin’s largest body of water, Müggelsee, and rich with forests and parks, Köpenick offers space and nature just on the western edge of the core of Berlin’s creative sector – Kreuzberg. Berlin’s beautiful and subdued southwest neighbourhood is a family-friendly, middle-class neighbourhood complete with an old town area for historical flair. While it may seem calm and gentle, the area also is home to Arena – one of the biggest venues for concerts and parties.
With so much water around, it’s only natural that Köpenick would be the go-to place for swimming, boating, and wind surfing. It’s a great place to enjoy Berlin’s beautiful nature, but the Spree River also offers some fine German cuisine on a floating log cabin restaurant. The SpreeArche serves up authentic favorites like homemade Buletten and potato pancakes with applesauce in its unique little space.
Originally built in 1558, the Köpenick castle is well worth a visit. The large renaissance palace sits proudly on an island on the Dahme River and now partially serves as an art museum. For a more easy-going experience, you can take a stroll around the old, narrow cobblestone roads of Fischerkietz and find the traditional houses that still exist in the area.
Köpenick is now a very calm and cozy place to live, but during World War II it had a darker side as a Nazi torture site. The borough pays homage to the history, and the prison has since been turned into a museum to those who lost their lives at the site.
Nearest airports: Schönefeld airport is nearby with daily international flights.
City centre: Alexanderplatz can be reached by S-Bahn in an hour.