The North of Berlin consists of the boroughs of Spandau, Reinickendorf, Pankow and the districts Wedding and Gesundbrunnen. The area was urbanized in the 19th century through the industrialization of Berlin. Before that most districts were small towns. In the early 20th century it was the working-class area with heavy industry where Siemens was founded (today even a small part of Reinickendorf is called Siemensstadt, due to the location of the company). Today it's become more residential but big industrial complexes are still seen in some areas. Ortsteil


Spandau is the westernmost borough (Bezirk) of the German capital city of Berlin. The district lies conveniently in a green area with the nearby Spree and Havel rivers. Once a town in its own right, Spandau is one of the oldest areas in the Berlin region and still retains much of its own unique character, having been spared the worst of the Allied bombing in the Second World War that so devastated the rest of the city. The center of the district is formed by a dense network of medieval streets and a market square, still retaining a large number of timber-framed buildings. Spandau was the site of the military prison in which Hitler's deputy Rudolf Hess was imprisoned after the 1946 Nuremberg trials until his death in 1987. The prison was then demolished.

Reinickendorf is a borough in the northwest of Berlin. It consists of the localities Tegel, Reinickendorf, Märkisches Viertel (70s built apartment blocks area) and some small, village-like areas. In general, it is a very green district with much water and the neighborhoods have a typical small town cityscape. In addition to the airport there are some minor sights interesting for tourists (especially architecture in Tegel).

Pankow is a borough of Berlin. In 2001 the three former districts of Prenzlauer Berg, Weissensee and Pankow were combined to form the new Pankow district. The former Pankow on the other hand is a very green, middle-class district with a laid-back atmosphere and some minor sights for tourists. Weißensee, too, is a largely residential district. Prenzlauer Berg is dealt with in East Central.

Wedding and Gesundbrunnen are parts of the Bezirk Mitte but not of the Ortsteil Mitte. There are between Reinickendorf and Mitte.

Get in

Spandau is the terminal station for a couple of public transport lines (especially the backbone line U7). Some long distance and all regional trains stop at Spandau.

By public transport

The main backbone for the western parts is the U-Bahn line U7 with the major stations Zitadelle, Altstadt Spandau and Rathaus Spandau. The S-Bahn lines S3 and S75 end/starts here as well.

The BVG (the public transport company) runs a public ferry between Kladow and Wannsee which is primarily designed for commuters.

To get into Pankow, get out at S-Bahn/U-Bahn station Pankow.

By plane

Airport Tegel is located in the southwest of Reinickendorf, 15 minutes distance from the center of Tegel. From the airport you can get into the center of Berlin with the bus lines TXL, 109 and X9 or into the center of Tegel by bus 128 (change at Kurt-Schumacher Platz to U6 to Alt-Tegel). From the center of Berlin take the U-Bahn line U6 to Alt-Tegel, or the S-Bahn line S25 to station Tegel if you want to get into the center of Tegel. U-Bahn line U8 and S-Bahn lines S1 and S25 go through Reinickendorf; main stations are Alt-Reinickendorf (S 25) and Rathaus Reinickendorf (U8).

By train

Train station Berlin-Spandau with ICE

Berlin-Spandau and Berlin-Gesundbrunnen (in the district Gesundbrunnen) are stops for many long-distance trains and all regional trains. Both stations have interchange to various S-Bahn, U-Bahn and buses.







Schloss Schönhausen in the Ortsteil of Niederschönhausen, Pankow





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