The secluded, idyllic village of Heiligensee can only be reached via a road through Tegel Forest - or via the Havel River.
The original village is situated on a headland between the Havel river, the Nieder-Neuendorf lake and the Heiligensee lake, which gave the village its name. Until the 20th century, residents of Heiligensee lived mainly off their own crops and agriculture. Two fields still bear witness to this fact today: the "Südfeld" on Heiligenseestraße and the "Mittelfeld" on the street Am Dachsbau.
Family Homes in Heiligensee
Heiligensee is characterized by modest single-family houses and has a suburban atmosphere. Some places here are a bit cramped: plots of land were divided and houses were built in the second or even third row. Nevertheless, residents do not have to do without their little piece of garden, and many of the waterfront properties have jetties and boat moorings.
Schulzendorf and Borsig Housing Estate
Heiligensee also includes the small village of Schulzendorf and the Borsig housing estate (Borsigsiedling) from the 1930s, where the workers of the Borsig factory lived. The latter is located in the northeast of Heiligensee and is characterized by small semi-detached houses with tiny front yards. A few terraced houses have also been built here. In recent years, a couple of new detached and semi-detached houses have been constructed near Borsigplatz.
Baumberge Dune Landscape
In the south of Heiligensee lie the Baumberge, an inland dune landscape overgrown with mixed forest, dry grassland, heath and broom, which formed during the last ice age more than ten thousand years ago. The highest point of the dune is around 60 meters. The light-coloured sand here is very fine. After the end of the Second World War, the Baumberge area was used as a military training site. Today, it is a popular destination for excursions.
Lake Heiligensee is a protected nature reserve. It is forbidden to use motorboats on the waters here, which benefits not only nature but also visitors to the open-air lido on the southern shore. The lake itself is privately owned and is not accessible to the public except for the lido. Heiligensee is also used as a fishing lake and there is a camping site on the northeastern shore.
Last edited: 20. July 2021