Tegel

Tegel

Tegel is the lively center of the district of Reinickendorf, where residents come to shop or simply take a stroll.

  • Tegel© Franziska Delenk
    Campestraße
  • Tegel© Romtomtom / Creative Commons
    Tegeler See
  • Tegel© Franziska Delenk
    Großer Malchsee
  • Tegel© Franziska Delenk
    Tegeler See
  • Tegel© Franziska Delenk
    Tegeler See
  • Tegel© Antje Kraschinski
    Greenwich-Promenade
  • Borsigturm© dpa
    The former Borsigwerke factory site in Berlin-Tegel.
  • Frühling in Reinickendorf© www.enrico-verworner.de
    Borsigturm
  • Tegel© Antje Kraschinski
    View of the tarmac at the former Tegel Airport
  • Flughafen Tegel© dpa
    View of Berlin-Tegel Airport.
  • Tegel© Franziska Delenk
    "Freie Scholle" housing estate
Located in the southwest of Reinickendorf, Tegel is still known for the former Tegel Airport (TXL) and Lake Tegel (German: Tegeler See). The latter is 4 kilometres long and one kilometre wide and a popular recreational destination for locals. At its northern end lies Humboldt Palace, which is privately owned by the descendants, who also partly inhabit it. In the adjoining park stands Berlin's oldest tree, the "Dicke Marie".

Cité Guynemer and Flughafensee

The area around the former airport is characterized by allotment gardens and post-war housing estates. One of them is the "Cité Guynemer", a housing complex built in the 1950s for French Air Force personnel. Today, blue street signs and French street names are reminiscent of this past. To the west of the housing estate lies the Flughafensee (Airport Lake) with its bird sanctuary. To the north is Tegel Prison, one of the largest and oldest prisons in Germany.

Alt-Tegel and "Hallen am Borsigturm"

Northwest of Alt-Tegel, where little reminds one of the area's rural past, is Berliner Straße with many shops for daily needs. The former Borsigwerke factory is also located here, which has now becoma a shopping mall called "Hallen am Borsigturm". The mall offers many shops as well as fast food and a movie theater amid old Berlin brick architecture. Its palatial entrance gate is a listed monument and a landmark of the area.
Eugen Schmohl's office tower was the first high-rise in Berlin. In addition to leisure facilities, there are also offices and flats here. The pedestrian zone and the Tegel-Center also invite you to shop. The surrounding side streets are quiet, lined with trees. Two- to three-storey, well-renovated old buildings dominate here. To the west, around Brunowstrasse, Schließerstrasse and Veitstrasse, there are residential areas with multi-storey buildings.

Tegel Harbor

Tegel Harbor (German: Tegeler Hafen) was originally planned as a cultural center, but its only finished project is the Humboldt Library. Around the harbor, you can find examples of postmodern architecture from the late 1980s. As part of the International Building Exhibition in 1984/87, individual flats in two- to seven-storey buildings were built around a water basin with an artificial island. There are also some nine- to sixteen-storey high-rise buildings from the 1960s overlooking Lake Tegel.

Greenwich-Promenade and Villa Borsig

The Greenwich-Promenade with its pier for tourist ships is a nice place for a leisurely stroll. The so-called "Sechserbrücke", a red former toll bridge, is worth a visit. In its immediate vicinity lies Tegel Forest, a popular recreational area. Numerous small islands in the middle of Lake Tegel are populated with weekend houses. Villa Borsig on the Reiherwerder peninsula has an exotic park, but unfortunately neither is open to the public.

"Freie Scholle" Housing Estate

On the border to Waidmannslust lies the "Freie Scholle" housing estate. This workers' housing estate is kept in functional architecture and was built in order to offer working-class people the advantages of the petit bourgeoisie. Its centerpiece and social hub is the courtyard. Every year a celebration - the "Schollenfest" - takes place here with carousels, a beer garden, and fireworks.

Last edited: 20. July 2021

Portrait of Reinickendorf