Neighbourhood profile: Weissensee in Pankow
Urban living in Berlin-Weissensee
As an underrated neighborhood in Berlin's Pankow district, Weißensee attracts visitors with a feel-good atmosphere and an urban lifestyle. In the northeast, on the border with Prenzlauer Berg, Weißensee is attracting more and more young families, couples and singles of all ages. In the middle of city life and yet away from the mainstream, the motto here is: Weißensee combines everything that creates a good quality of life in the big city. Discover for yourself the history and inspiring surroundings that spring from this attractive residential area.
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The history of Berlin-Weissensee
Founded in the 13th century, the village east of the Weissen lake was incorporated into Greater Berlin in 1920. In the Middle Ages, St. Catherine was considered the patron saint of the parish church in Weissensee and significantly influenced the coat of arms of the Berlin district. In today's Pankow coat of arms, the wheel was adopted. In the 19th century, the rural community of Neu-Weissensee was founded, which grew to over 30,000 inhabitants. With the German reunification, Weissensee and all other East Berlin districts came into the administration of the reunified Berlin. In 2001, the three previously independent districts of Weissensee, Pankow and Prenzlauer Berg were merged to form the new administrative district of Pankow. Today, Weissensee exudes an original, rare Berlin feeling and had almost 55,000 inhabitants at the end of 2020.
Location and infrastructure in Weissensee
Covering an area of 7.93 km², Weissensee offers a diverse mix of old buildings, single-family homes and new buildings. Exciting start-up architecture in the Municipal Quarter and old buildings in the Composers Quarter offer wonderful conditions for setting up a company, both for old and new Berliners. In the residential area around Heinersdorfer Straße there is an intact infrastructure with everything you need for everyday life. Day-care centers, schools, medical practices and retail, as well as traditional workshops, hidden commercial yards, cozy cafés and delis. There are sports and leisure activities in the immediate vicinity: Within just 20 minutes by bike you are at the Weissen lake or in the Volkspark Prenzlauer Berg. The Weißensee lido offers a fresh bathing experience during the summer in Berlin, public viewing for football events and boat rental. In terms of infrastructure, Weissensee is primarily characterized by trams and buses and provides access to the A 114 motorway via the Prenzlauer Promenade.
Cultural offer in Weissensee
There is also a lot to offer culturally: The Bread Factory brings together cinema, stage, gallery, literature, pub and studio under one roof. And the former silent film cinema Delphi was rediscovered only a few years ago after extensive renovation as a venue for art and culture. Berlin's former first trotting track in Weissensee served as a spectacular stage for the Rolling Stones in 1990. Today you can find many smaller sports fields in their place. An integral part of the culture in Weissensee, on the other hand, is the flower festival, which usually takes place on the third weekend every June. In addition to colorful flower shows, there are now marquees and carousels and thus the popular flower festival is often visited by both, the young and old. From 27 August to 24 September, the second Weissensee Cultural Summer 2022 is planned. Visitors can look forward to a festival that deals with the culture, history, environment and encounters in Weissensee. Last summer, a large concert on the open-air stage at the Weissen lake served as the highlight of the cultural summer. The Kunsthochschule Weißensee and the Staatliche Ballettschule make Weissensee the place of residence for many students and teachers.
Quality of life in Berlin-Weissensee
Located in the northern part of Berlin with a piece of border shared with the state of Brandenburg, Weissensee tends to look rather like a small-town in character. Due to the quiet, yet well-connected location in Weissensee, the up-and-coming neighborhood of Pankow offers a beautiful home. Due to the increasing popularity, an increasing demand on the real estate market in Weissensee is to be expected in the future. Ideal for those who want to experience the green of Berlin on their doorstep without having to move out of the city. In Weissensee, high-quality architecture offers a stable quality of living, both for investors and home owners-tenants.