Going Up: Marzahn-Hellersdorf

Looking Forward

Despite its reputation as being somewhat grey and dreary, there are enough splashes of colour around Marzahn-Hellersdorf to make almost anyone fall in love with it. The vast avenues lined with concrete tower blocks are being given a makeover, young families are moving into the suburban areas, and everything seems to be looking up for this district perched on the eastern border of Berlin.

Culture & Lifestyle
Remaining a rural, less-developed district until the 1970s, Marzahn-Hellersdorf quickly became the poster-child for residential housing estates in the GDR, and one of Berlin's largest housing quarters.
The modern, pre-fabricated apartments, with conveniences such as elevators, notably lacking from the city’s Altbau apartments, were highly sought-after. Now almost completely renovated, modernised and landscaped, these tower blocks still characterise the neighbourhood, though there are also some large areas of single-family homes in the south.
You can get a feel of the neighbourhood before this development in Alt-Marzahn, a historical village and heritage site in the middle of Marzahn. There are also a number of cultural sites and projects throughout the district, such as the Gründerzeit Museum dedicated to Berlin’s industrial expansion in the 19th century, and the Alte Börse, an art centre in a converted cattle exchange.
Nature
The largest natural attraction in Marzahn-Hellersdorf is the grandly-named Gardens of the World. Covering 40 hectares, there are 10 gardens styled after cultures around the world, including Japanese, Balinese and Middle Eastern. This was also the location for the International Garden Exhibition in 2017, which saw 2 million visitors.
Though perhaps not as well-served for parks and green spaces compared to other parts of the city, there are still plenty of places to go. There are several parks along the banks of the Wuhle, a river which is even depicted on the district’s coat of arms.
Further north, close to the border with Brandenburg, the landscape becomes greener and more rural.
Economy
The district is developing into an economically-strong and environmentally friendly business location. Situated in the centre of the district, Cleantech Business Park is Berlin’s largest industrial park, a 90-hectare urban industrial space.
It is home to an array of ‘cleantech’ companies, primarily green energy production and storage, energy efficiency, sustainable mobility and more. Spread across Marzahn and Lichtenberg, the Berlin Eastside industrial and commercial development is another ideal business location, and there are other large berlin organisations in the area, such as BVG, Berlin's main public transport company.

Marzahn-Hellersdorf's Highlights

Chinese Teahouse

Beautiful authentic tea house in the Gardens of the World

Kaulsdorfer Lakes

Bathe in a protected nature area

Skywalk Marzahn

Fantastic views of the city

Schloss Biesdorf

Wonderful art gallery in Neo-Classical surroundings

Marzahn Windmill

Fully functioning mill still producing bread

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