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“Jottwede”, or: „Janz weit draußen“ … Genuine Berlinerisch expression (meaning “miles away”) that could be used to describe Reinickendorf. And yet you’ll hardly find another borough with as varied a landscape. The northern parts of Reinickendorf are barely distinguishable from Wedding, while time appears to have stood still in the pretty village of Lübars. The Märkische Viertel, on the border with Pankow, is probably West Berlin’s biggest satellite town, while the western areas of the borough are dotted with lakes and forest. French troops lived in the Quartier Napoléon until 1994, today known as Julius-Leber-Kaserne.
But the Allies are long departed and only 5.5% of the borough’s population are non-German EU citizens, although their numbers have been increasing since 2008. Italians, Bulgarians and Romanians in particular appear to find the borough attractive.
With 27 seats, the CDU (Christian Democrats) have had an absolute majority since Reinickendorf’s BVV (local) election in 2011. Frank Balzer is the mayor. The SPD (Social Democrats) have 19 seats, the Green 8 and the Pirates 1.
On 18 September 2016, all EU-citizens have the opportunity to vote for the district assembly. You can find out here what it is all about and how it works in six different languages.
23 October 1974 marks Tegel airport’s civil opening. Only Tempelhof had been active in West Berlin after the end of the War; Tegel was a purely military airport. It has since become Berlin’s most important civil airport, handling 21 million passengers in 2015 alone. Plans are now in motion to close Tegel after the new BER airport is opened. However, bets as to when that happens are still open.
“Der Baader Meinhof Komplex” tells the story of the Red Army Faction (RAF) from roots and founding to terrorist attacks and trial. At the beginning of the 1970s, the RAF carried out a series of terrorist attacks, murdering political and business leaders. Ulrike Meinhof lived and worked as a social worker in the Märkisches Viertel before she founded the RAF.
The Russisch-Orthodoxer Friedhof Tegel (Russian orthodox graveyard) was built at the end of the 19th century for Russian immigrants. To not only bury the dead in accordance with orthodox rituals but also in Russian soil, 4,000 tonnes of earth were imported from Russia. The colour contrast between its red bricks and light-blue dome is why St. Konstantin-and-Helena Church is considered the site’s centrepiece.
An unusual attraction
The Jump House Reinickendorf just opened at the beginning of this year. Sited on 4,000m2 and equipped with 121 trampolines, there’s plenty of space to jump around. There also happens to be a basketball pitch. By the way: 600 muscles work in concert every time you jump.
Which is your favourite place in Reinickendorf? What could the borough do better, how should it change? Your comments are part of the political discussion leading up to the BVV (local) election!