Berlin-Wannsee is an island situated between several lakes and a popular destination for excursions. Lake Wannsee, which gave the district its name, and the river Havel are popular centers for water sports. In addition to the island, Albrechts Teerofen, Kohlhasenbrück and Steinstücken as well as Pfaueninsel and some areas east of Großer and Kleiner Wannsee also belong to the Wannsee district. The north and west are almost entirely covered by forest.
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Thanks to its waterside location, extensive green spaces, parks and castles, this sophisticated villa suburb is one of Berlin's most popular excursion destinations.
Former Villa Suburb Wannsee
Wannsee was once a magnificent villa district. Today, only a few of the old mansions still exist, such as the Colonie Alsen, a district of summer houses on the northern shore of the Kleiner Wannsee and the western shore of the Großer Wannsee founded by banker Wilhelm Conrad. Embedded in a park, the magnificent villas of this most noble area of Berlin represented a unique cultural landscape of the time of the Empire and the Weimar Republic. The overall look of the area as it existed then can only be guessed at.
Kohlhasenbrück and Albrechts Teerofen
The neighborhood Kohlhasenbrück is located on the border to Potsdam-Babelsberg, south of the confluence of the Teltow Canal and Lake Griebnitz. To its east lies the settlement called Albrechts Teerofen. When Germany was divided into East and West, this lonely place was of ghostly solitude and beauty. From here, a well-guarded wall road opened in 1972 leads to Steinstücken, the Berlin enclave in the Potsdam-Babelsberg area.
Steinstücken, a romantic housing estate that geographically belongs more to Potsdam-Babelsberg, was politically part of West Berlin. Attempts at annexation by the Soviet occupation force failed. The enclave was enclosed by the Berlin Wall, always brightly lit, and guarded by the US Army. After the fall of the Wall, a newfound sense of normality and many new residents arrived here. People now shop again in Babelsberg and Potsdam.
Sights in Wannsee
Wannsee is most well-known for the Pfaueninsel, the House of the Wannsee Conference , and the Liebermann Villa. Towards the border to Potsdam are Glienicke Palace and Glienicke Hunting Lodge, both embedded in an expansive, lovingly landscaped park area. The famous Wannsee lido belongs to the district of Nikolassee.