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  • Zehlendorf - Schlachtensee


  • Zehlendorf - Schlachtensee

    Gabled houses on Dubrowplatz

  • Zehlendorf - Schlachtensee

    Old building in Zehlendorf

  • Zehlendorf - Schlachtensee

    Residential buildings in Zehlendorf

  • Herbst in Zehlendorf


  • Schlachtensee

    View of a sunbathing lawn at Schlachtensee lake.

  • Schlachtensee

    A mother with her child seeks to cool off in the waters of Schlachtensee lake. Photo: Ole Spata/Archive

  • Zehlendorf North - Papageiensiedlung

    Terraced houses in Papageiensiedlung

  • Zehlendorf North - Papageiensiedlung

    Terraced houses in Papageiensiedlung

  • Krumme Lanke
  • Zehlendorf North

    Housing estate on Argentinischen Allee

  • Zehlendorf Center - garden city Berlepschstraße

    Terraced houses in the garden city on Berlepschstraße

  • Zehlendorf Center - Garden city Berlepschstraße

    Garden city Berlepschstraße

  • Zehlendorf

    Old building in central Zehlendorf

  • Zehlendorf

    Buildings in central Zehlendorf

  • Zehlendorf

    Housing estate on Berliner Straße

  • Zehlendorf Düppel

    Buildings in the south of Zehlendorf

  • Museum village Düppel

    Museum village Düppel

The district of Zehlendorf is tranquil and particularly appeals to people with a love of culture and nature who aren't scared off by high rents and real estate prices.

In Zehlendorf, you can find everything from historic city villas to modern penthouses. Around the Zehlendorf S-Bahn station, a small nighborhood center wth shops and cafés has emerged. Large shopping centers, however, are only to be found in the neighboring Steglitz.

Zehlendorf-West, Schlachtensee and Mexikoplatz

Schlachtensee lake is popular with runners and walkers. Paul-Ernst-Park runs from the S-Bahn station down to the lake and a bit along the lake. Only the area south and east of the lake is inhabited, the other side is occupied by the Grunewald forest. In the developed parts, detached and semi-detached houses as well as city villas dominate, some on lakeview properties. Around Breisgauer Straße and Dubrowplatz, single-family homes and villas as well as small housing developments abound.

Zehlendorf-North and Papageiensiedlung

The listed housing estate "Onkel Toms Hütte", also called Waldsiedlung or Papageiensiedlung, is located on Ladenstraße and borders Grunewald. The estate was planned in the late 1920s to 1930s by Bruno Taut, Häring, and Salvisberg. It features both multi-story apartments and single-family houses. The design is simple and clear and includes many trees.

A special feature of the housing estate are the bright colors of the facades - hence the name Papageiensiedlung (Parrot Estate). Next to it is the Fischtalsiedlung, planned by Walter Gropius among others, with its steep roofs and arched door and window lintels. Due to the differences between the two estates, the architectural "Zehlendorf Roof War" broke out.

Central Zehlendorf and Garden City

The garden city on Berlepschstraße was built between 1913 and 1930, influenced by the English garden city movement, and became one of the first neighborhoods in Berlin to be a designated garden city. Classicistic form elements and a restrained expressionism determine the architectural style.

In the early 1990s, 172 families moved into the family-friendly rental and owner-occupied apartments of the Berliner Straße/ Colmarer Weg neighborhood between the S-Bahn line and the noisy Berliner Strasse. This quiet, small area with its car-free interior and green space with a pond is partly co-financed by the owners.

Zehlendorf-South mit Museumsdorf Düppel

Schönow oder Zehlendorf-Süd erstreckt sich bis zum südlichen Stadtrand mit dem Teltowkanal. Die Gegend wird geprägt von einem großen Industriegelände, Siedlungen von Wohnungsbaugesellschaften, Ein- und Mehrfamilienhäusern, Kleingartenkolonien sowie Feldern und Wiesen am Südrand.

The museum village Düppel is a scientifically supported attempt to reconstruct an entire village, including huts, agriculture, and crafts, as it might have actually existed 800 years ago. Especially beautiful here are the Skudden, an old endangered breed of sheep.

The Düppel neighborhood is also home to the veterinary faculty of the Free University as well as a correctional facility. This part of Zehlendorf is very tranquil and characterized by villas, single-family houses and apartment buildings. During the Allied era, large Allied housing estates were built in Düppel, which are now used for other purposes. The garden city Düppel from the 1980s is a modern urban settlement.

Last edited: 6 July 2021

Portrait of Zehlendorf