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  • Staaken - Gartenstadt

    Garden City Staaken

  • Staaken - Gartenstadt

    Garden City Staaken

  • Staaken - Gartenstadt

    Am Langen Weg

  • Staaken - Siemenssiedlung

    Siemens housing estate

  • Staaken


  • Ein Förster in der Döberitzer Heide

    A forester observes the fields of the Döberitzer Heide.

Staaken used to be divided during the GDR era, but the neighborhood is growing together again. Beautiful old buildings meet new single-family homes and large housing estates in this part of Spandau.

Staaken is quite heterogenuos. In the historical part around the old village and in the north of the neighborhood, the view is dominated by single-family homes and the listed garden city of Staaken. Meanwhile, the southeast of the neighborhood and Neu-Staaken features large housing estates from the 1950s and 70s as well as industrial areas. Investors are looking towards the western part.

Staaken: Building boom after reunification

In the 1920s, the neighborhood was home to the Staaken film factory, where classics such as "Metropolis" and "Mata Hari" were filmed in the old airship hangars of the former Zeppelin factory. In GDR times, Staaken was divided: the western part was administered by the Soviet occupation forces, the eastern part by the British. With the German reunification came a construction boom. New houses were built on the former border areas around Nennhauser Damm and Finkenkruger Weg and around the Siemens housing estate.

Mühlenviertel and Neu-Jerusalem

The Mühlenviertel between Staakener Feldstraße, Nennhauser Damm and the extension of Brunsbütteler Damm, not far from the industrial area, was an example of the construction boom that happened after Germany was reunited. The terraced housing estate was built around the turn of the millennium. Meanwhile, the Neu-Jerusalem estate at the western end of Heerstraße is a housing estate from the 1920s in the "Neues Bauen" architectural style. It consists of 21 listed cubic semi-detached houses of identical construction and one detached house.

Albrechtshof with Single-Family Houses

The neighborhood Albrechtshof in the west of Staaken is bordered by Finkenkruger Weg, Brandenburg, and the Hamburg railway in the south. It mainly consists of detached single-family houses with green gardens. Albrechtshof was made famous by an locomotive driver who broke through the Berlin Wall with his train in 1961. He managed to escape to West Berlin with his passengers and the GDR had 25 fewer inhabitants.

Siemens Housing Estate: Small Houses, Large Gardens

South of Albrechtshof, between Finkenkruger Weg and Isenburger Weg, lies the Siemens housing estate (Siemenssiedlung). It was built in the 1930s with the help of the Siemens factory workers for whom it was intended. The workers spent three days a week building their houses and the other days working at the factory. The resulting semi-detached and detached houses are characterized by small living spaces but large gardens. The current residents were able to prevent a preservation order, which would have forbidden any structural changes to the buildings, and are therefore free to increase the living space of their homes as they wish.

Garden City Staaken

The Garden City Staaken to the west of the Siemens housing estate is a listed housing estate with a lot of greenery. It has a petit bourgeois, family-friendly atmosphere. In 1914, construction began on the two-storey Dutch-style terraced houses with gardens. The curved and crooked streets were laid out according to the medieval model. The housing estate is located between the Lehrt and Hamburg railway lines, Hackbuschstraße, and Finkenkruger Weg.


The neighborhood Neu-Staaken is located south of the Lehrt railway. Its Louise Schröder housing estate consists of 4-storey apartment buildings from the 1960s and 70s located around Brunsbütteler Damm and Oldesloer Weg. In the years after its construction, the housing estate was extended to Heerstraße, and the storey height also increased. Neu-Stakkes also includes the Rudolf Wissell housing estate, which consists of five 22-storey houses with colorfully painted facades.

Hahneberg Settlement on the Border to Brandenburg

The Hahneberg settlement consists of new detached and semi-detached houses southwest of the Fort Hahneberg. Its northern boundary is Heerstraße. To the east it is bordered by the rubble mountain Hahneberg, and by the state of Brandenburg to the west and south. When Berlin was divided by the Wall, the area was restricted. In the 1990s, after the German reunification, a flurry of construction activity began. The settlement also borders the Döberitzer Heide, a moorland that has become a popular excursion destination.

Last edited: 28 July 2021

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