Treptow-Köpenick is the ninth district of Berlin, formed by merging former Treptow and Köpenick districts and is on the outskirts of Berlin. It is the largest district by area with the lowest population density. It is the greenest and water richest district of Berlin with a long history and tradition. Köpenick is an old town with its castle, lakes, forests and known for the story of The Captain of Köpenick, while Treptow is a residential area with big parks and beautiful views of River Spree. This was once the home neighbourhood for expatriate American, international music and film star Dean Reed.
One of the largest areas of Berlin that do not have U-Bahn service, while it has extensive Tram Network and a bit of S-Bahn lines.
Tram : Line 68 is perhaps the most picturesque line also known as "the most beloved tram line in Germany" that has more scenery than people during off-season. Line 68 can be best accessed at the Berlin-Grünau S-Bahn station.
Bicycle : The German Bicycle Route D3 runs directly through this district and runs through Treptower Park, the old town of Köpenick and near the southern side of Müggelsee.
S-Bahn : Treptower Park is the most important station of Treptow and is best accessed by S-Bahn lines S41, S42, S8, S85 and S9. To Access Köpenick, either take S47 to Spindlersfeld or S3 to Köpenick. One can use S9 and S45 to reach Treptow-Köpenick area from Schönefeld Airport.
The locality, first inhabited in 6th century by Slavic people, was first mentioned in 1568 with the name of Trebow. It merged into Berlin with the Greater Berlin Act in 1920. From 1961 to 1989 its north and western borders were crossed by the Berlin Wall. From January 1, 2001 the former borough of Treptow, composed also by Plänterwald, Baumschulenweg, Niederschöneweide, Johannisthal, Adlershof, Altglienicke and Bohnsdorf; was disestablished to merge into the new Treptow-Köpenick borough
Germany's first airfield (Johannisthal Air Field), is located in Treptow-Köpenick. Treptower Park, a popular place for recreation and a tourist destination, is also located in the district. The park features the sprawling Soviet War Memorial, that serves as a memorial for all of the Soviets who fell in battle of Berlin during the Second World War in 1945.
Köpenick town hall and old town were immortalised on the stage. Carl Zuckmayer’s classic play, based on real events, recounted the exploits of an imposter known as “The Captain of Köpenick” (Hauptmann von Köpenick). The town hall is a regular venue for readings from the play. A beautiful baroque palace on a little island can also be seen nearby.
The Archenhold Observatory has the largest telescope in the world, and the observatory is considered to be the oldest and largest observatory in Germany, which was built in 1896 and survived through the wars. The Archenhold Observatory hosts lots of spectacular shows and a cool place to check out if you’re into planets, stars, astronomy, and maybe even astrology.
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