A Green Future: Treptow-Köpenick

Industry, technology & scenery

Treptow-Köpenick has long been thought of as Berlin’s back garden. The largest borough by area with the lowest population density, around 70% of it is covered in water and forest, parks and nature reserves. The picturesque old town of Köpenick, dating back to the 12th century, is a further draw, an entirely unique Kiez in its own right, with plenty of restaurants and bars catering for every taste. Yet Treptow-Köpenick is not only about nature and scenery. The district is also becoming increasingly active as a business location. This, added to the high quality of life, is the reason for the enormous increase in the number of inhabitants, especially young people, over the last five years.

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Culture & Lifestyle
Treptow-Köpenick has a variety to match its scale. In the north, where it borders Kreuzberg and Neukölln, the youthful vitality which characterises those neighbourhoods is in clear evidence. At eclectic dancing spots on the water, like Club der Visionäre or Hoppetosse (a boat permanently docked on the river), you are likely to encounter a diverse range of locals.
The old red-brick industrial buildings of Adlershof and Schöneweide have found a new lease of life as a hub for start-ups, tech and media companies, and there is a more student-like atmosphere to the area.
Köpenick is likely to beguile you with its old-town charm, and has certainly enticed a fair number of inner-city residents looking for something a little quieter. The further south you go, the more you travel back to nature, and living near the water is a way of life in these parts.
Nature
As befits its reputation, the district is inundated with beautiful natural scenery. Treptower Park is the perfect place for a stroll along the river, or an afternoon spent lounging on the sunny lawns, and is also the location for a huge Soviet War Memorial.
Further south, there are plenty of open green spaces, but it is the water that really dominates the area. Müggelsee is Berlin’s largest lake, and one of the most popular summer day-trip destinations, with three large bathing areas, and countless smaller ones dotting its banks.
Köpenick is also where the Dahme and Spree rivers meet; the Dahme in particular flows into the Langer See, Seddinsee, and countless other lakes both big and small.
Economics
After years of declining industry, Treptow-Köpenick has enjoyed something of a revival in recent times. There is a large and growing tech scene in the area, particularly centred around the WISTA Science and Technology Park and the University for Technology and Economics.
The Technologie- und Gründerzentrum Spreeknie (TGS) is a commercial location for high tech companies, and Humboldt University even has a campus here, with a focus on the sciences.
All this has led to the area becoming one of Germany’s largest science and technology parks, and the most important media location in the region, with more than 1,000 companies located here.

Treptow-Köpenick's Highlights

Spreepark

Atmospheric abandoned amusement park

Insel der Jugend

Beautiful little island on the river, reached by bridge

Café at Schloss Köpenick

Sip a cappuccino on the terrace of a Baroque palace

Badeschiff

Floating swimming pool and urban recreational area

Archenhold Observatory

Spend an evening gazing at the stars

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