Berlin Köpenick: like a local
„Come with me to Köpenick”, German pop rapper Romano sang about his district in southeast Berlin in 2015. “The banks are full of castles, exotic gardens“– according to the singer, Berlin Köpenick has everything you need. At Pentahotel Berlin Köpenick, we wholeheartedly agree. Köpenick is a mostly quiet district surrounded by rivers and lakes. At the same time, it is perfectly connected to the centre of Berlin, making it a fantastic location to get a mix of big city life and idyllic nature. Here are our insider tips for our favourite part of Berlin.
1. Where to go to get away from the crowds.
The Treptow-Köpenick area offers many opportunities for that. Müggelsee is right around the corner and perfectly suited for relaxing boat trips, a walk, or a bike ride. The public beaches can get crowded in the summer, but even then, there are several other quiet swimming spots.
2. Any indie shops you recommend?
Vintage Berlin, located between Treptower Park and the hip urban district of Neukölln, is great for shopping. The store sells extravagant vintage and retro fashion for everyone interested in the style of the last century – especially the 20s and 50s.
3. A must for music lovers.
Volkspark Wuhlheide is not just a park with a bunch of activities close by. It’s also home to the Parkbühne, a venue with large open-air concerts by local and international artists. Be sure to get your tickets in advance!
4. Tips for a rainy day.
Köpenick Castle on the castle island looks impressive in any weather. The surrounding gardens are especially pretty. If it’s raining, you can visit the permanent exhibition inside the palace, which displays elaborate Renaissance, Baroque and Rococo interior art.
5. Place you would take your grandma?
Tierpark Berlin in the Friedrichsfelde district is always worth a visit, especially in good company – whether with grandma, the kids, or the love of your life. In the largest zoo in Europe, you can marvel at more than 600 species of animals or take a stroll through the beautiful gardens.
6. What’s unique to your city?
In Berlin, history is always present. Whether you take a walk through Köpenick’s Old Town and the historic Fischerkiez quarter along the river Dahme or visit East Side Gallery with its graffitied remains of the Berlin Wall, you always get to experience the milestones of this unusual city for yourself.
7. What’s worth checking out in the region around the city?
The hills in the Müggelberge area are perfect for a hike or a bike tour. A short walk through the forest takes you to the viewing tower Müggelturm on the Kleiner Müggelberg hill. After climbing 126 steps, you are rewarded with a great view of the surrounding lakes and woods.