Pankow is the second largest and most crowded district of Berlin. It is named after the Panke river and was merged with the former boroughs of Prenzlauer Berg and Weißensee. It borders Mitte and Reinickendorf in the west, Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg in the south, and Lichtenberg in the east. Pankow offers quiet residential living mostly for local middle-class families and pensioners. It is also a child friendly neighbourhood that offers bilingual pre-schools, playgrounds and green spaces for recreational purposes. Rykestrasse Synagogue (Germany's largest synagogue), Schönhausen Palace and TheWeißensee Cemetery(one of the largest Jewish cemeteries) are located in Pankow district.
Berlin-Pankow railway station is on the Berlin–Szczec in railway and served by S-Bahn and U-Bahn lines. Pankow is served by the S-Bahn lines S1, S2, S25, S85 and U-Bahn line U2 besides several tram lines. Tegel airport is the nearest and can be reached within 45 minutes, while Schönefeld airport can be reached within an hour
Located in the north-east of Berlin, the bourgeois district borders on the districts of Lichtenberg, Friedrichshain, Kreuzberg, Mitte and Reinickendorf and is at the same time the city border to the counties of Oberhavel and Barnim in the neighbouring State of Brandenburg. Pankow was considered privileged in GDR times; the district was the preferred residential area of high-ranking members of the GDR government. The embassy quarter was also established here. The political greats from GDR times are no longer to be found in the former renowned district and the big embassies moved their headquarters to or near the government quarter. Smaller, less wealthy nations, however, still have their representation here.
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