The village from which the district of Reinickendorf emerged is still recognizable today. The occupation by the French Allies and the influence of the former Tegel airport are also noticeable.
Reinickendorf is characterized by a suburban, low-rise building style. There are few old buildings in the area. Noise pollution is quite high because the district is located on the approach path of the former Tegel Airport, which was closed after construction of the major BER airport was completed in 2020. There are also many major roads running through the district, which is why many residential buildings are equipped with sound-proof windows.
Kurt-Schumacher-Platz and Residenzstraße
Kurt-Schumacher-Platz is one of the city's most important traffic junctions and always busy. The southern parts of Ollenhauerstraße, Scharnweberstraße, and Residenzstraße are also important business and shopping locations. Ollenhauerstraße features many very different types of buildings from various eras, ranging from 19th century farmhouses to multi-storey apartment buildings and modern glass and concrete buildings.
Enclosed between busy streets, Alt-Reinickendorf - the well-preserved core of the former village - offers some peace and quiet. Some oases of tranquility are the Kienhorstpark with its swan pond, the Schäfersee (Shepherd's Lake) with its adjacent recreation and leisure park, as well as a pedestrian zone in the south. Around the old village green are some older farmhouses and detached houses as well as four- and two-storey apartment buildings. To its north lies the Reinickendorf industrial area.
UNESCO World Heritage Site "Weiße Stadt"
The Weiße Stadt (White city) on Aroser Allee, also known as the large housing estate Schillerpromenade, is a housing estate from the 1920s based on plans by Otto Rudolf Salvisberg. In 2008 it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its centerpiece is the bridge house stretching over Aroser Allee.
The 1920s housing estates in the area between Pfahlerstraße, Kienhorststraße, Schulenburgstraße, and Waldowstraße are also noteworthy from an architectural point of view. Towards Ollenhauerstraße they form an open courtyard, which today has been partially obstructed by a supermarket. The large glazed sunrooms at the front sides of the buildings are quite striking, as is the contrast between the white plastered surfaces and the red brick walls.
Cité Berthezène in Reinickendorf
The neighborhood called Cité Berthezène was built by the French Allies. It is located opposite the entrance to the Julius Leber Barracks and consists of two to three-storey buildings dating from the 1950s. The Foyer Berthezène, which is directly adjacent in the direction of Kurt-Schumacher-Platz, used to house a shopping mall and leisure facilities for the French soldiers.
Last edited: 19. July 2021