Weissensee (Berlin)

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Weißensee (German pronunciation: [ˌvaɪ̯sn̩ˈzeː]) is a quarter in the borough of Pankow[2][3] in Berlin, Germany, that takes its name from the small lake Weißer See (literally 'White Lake') within it. Before Berlin's 2001 administrative reform,[4] Weißensee was a borough in its own right, consisting of the quarters of Weißensee, Heinersdorf, Blankenburg, Karow, and Stadtrandsiedlung Malchow. A fictional German-language TV series by the same name is set in the borough between 1980 and 1990 during the communist era.[5]

View from the other side of Weißensee
Coat of arms of Weißensee
Location of Weißensee
Weißensee is located in Germany
Weißensee is located in Berlin
Coordinates: 52°33′N 13°28′E / 52.550°N 13.467°E / 52.550; 13.467
 • MayorDaniel Ecke
 • Total7.93 km2 (3.06 sq mi)
90 m (300 ft)
 • Total54,755
 • Density6,900/km2 (18,000/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Postal codes
(nr. 0302) 13086, 13088
Vehicle registrationB

History edit

Weißensee was first mentioned in 1313 as Wittense.[6] The first settlers subsisted on fishing and established themselves on the eastern shore of the lake, where an old trade route connected Berlin with Szczecin (German: Stettin) and the Baltic Sea – today the Bundesstraße 2 federal highway.[1]


1810 vs 2020

From 1914 onwards, the Weissensee Studios produced a number of silent films including works by Fritz Lang and the expressionist film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.[8] Weißensee has historically been overshadowed by its neighboring Ortsteile (localities) Prenzlauer Berg and Pankow, however its popularity is increasing due to its proximity to the hip but more expensive Prenzlauer Berg. Its trams make reaching Berlin Mitte very convenient.[9][7]

Education in Weißensee edit

Kindergarten edit

Kindergarten EinStein, Klax-Kinder, Kita St.Josef, Kindergarten Staustraße, others[10]

Primary School edit

Schule am Hamburgerplatz,[11] Grundschule am Weißensee, Schule am Wasserturm, others[12]

High School edit

Heinz-Brand-Schule, Hagenback-Oberschule, others[13]

Gymnasium edit

Primo-Levi-Gymnasium, Robert-Havemann-Gymnasium, others[14]

Technical college edit


University/College edit

Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weißensee[16]

Overview edit

Weißensee is one of the most peaceful districts of Berlin.[citation needed] The immediate area around the lake Weißer See is characterized by its historic architecture, numerous places of interest, parks, lakes, and activities.[17] The Weißensee Academy of Art Berlin (Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weißensee) is of national rank.[citation needed] The Radrennbahn Weissensee cycling track has also hosted popular music concerts.[18] The largest concert ever held here was a Bruce Springsteen concert on July 19, 1988, attended by an estimated 160,000 people.[19] At Weißensee Cemetery, one of Europe's largest Jewish cemeteries, notable people such as painter Lesser Ury and publishers Samuel Fischer and Rudolf Mosse are buried.[20][21]

The lake is almost circular in shape with a diameter of up to 300 metres (980 ft) and is up to 10.6 metres (35 ft) deep. With an area of 8.3 hectares (890,000 sq ft), Weißer See has a water volume of 360,000 cubic metres (13,000,000 cu ft).[6]

Public transport edit

Public transportation in Germany is widespread, especially in its capital city, Berlin. The BVG[22] is the main transport company in Berlin. Both buses and trams service Weißensee.[22]

Bus edit

255 in the directions of Schwarzelfenweg and U Osloer Str.[23]

259 in the directions of Aubertstr. and Stadion Buschallee/Hansastr.[24]

Tram edit

M4 in the directions of Falkenberg or Zingster Str. and S Hackescher Markt[25]

References edit

  1. ^ "Einwohnerinnen und Einwohner im Land Berlin am 31. Dezember 2020" [Inhabitants of the state of Berlin on 31 December 2020] (PDF) (in German). Amt für Statistik Berlin-Brandenburg. February 2021.
  2. ^ "Pankow". www.visitberlin.de (in German). Retrieved 2023-05-14.
  3. ^ "Bezirksamt Pankow". www.berlin.de (in German). 2023-05-05. Retrieved 2023-05-14.
  4. ^ "Weißensee: Ruhig, aber eine Reise wert – Infos zum Ortsteil Berlins". tipBerlin (in German). Retrieved 2023-05-14.
  5. ^ "Weissensee - ARD | Das Erste". www.daserste.de (in German). Retrieved 2023-05-14.
  6. ^ a b "Badegewässerprofil Weisser See - EU- Badegewässer Freibad Weißer See". www.berlin.de (in German). 2020-04-06. Retrieved 2023-05-14.
  7. ^ a b "Wie der Antonplatz zu seinem Namen kam: Ein Bummel durch die Geschichte der Berliner Allee". Berliner Woche (in German). 2021-05-22. Retrieved 2023-05-14.
  8. ^ "Weißensee - Weißensee erzählt seine Geschichten" (in German). 2020-12-06. Retrieved 2023-05-14.
  9. ^ "Geschichte | pankow-weissensee-prenzlauerberg.berlin". www.pankow-weissensee-prenzlauerberg.berlin (in German). Retrieved 2023-05-14.
  10. ^ "Kindergarten / Kita / Krippe - Kindertagesstätten bundesweit finden". www.kitanetz.de. Retrieved 2023-07-13.
  11. ^ "Hamburger Platz Berlin – GESOBAU". hamburgerplatz-berlin.de (in German). Retrieved 2023-07-13.
  12. ^ "Grundschulen Berlin Weißensee - WEGWEISER aktuell". www.wegweiser-aktuell.de. Retrieved 2023-07-13.
  13. ^ "Oberschule in Weißensee, Berlin". Cylex. 13 July 2023. Retrieved 13 July 2023.
  14. ^ "Gymnasien in Weißensee". BerlinFinder (in German). Retrieved 2023-07-13.
  15. ^ "Berufsschulen in Weißensee". BerlinFinder (in German). Retrieved 2023-05-14.
  16. ^ "weißensee". kh-berlin.de (in German). Retrieved 2023-05-14.
  17. ^ "Liste der Badestellen". www.berlin.de (in German). 2022-04-28. Retrieved 2023-05-14.
  18. ^ "Der Kärntner Weissensee: Wunder der Natur". www.austria.info (in German). Retrieved 2023-05-14.
  19. ^ "Memories of how Springsteen rocked Berlin". Reuters. 2008-07-16. Retrieved 2023-07-13.
  20. ^ "Jüdischer Friedhof Weißensee". berlin.de (in German). Retrieved 2023-05-14.
  21. ^ Schubert, Thomas (2022-06-28). "Pankow: Zwei Tote im Weißen See - aber das illegale Baden geht weiter". www.morgenpost.de (in German). Retrieved 2023-05-14.
  22. ^ a b "Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe: BVG – Weil wir dich lieben | BVG". www.bvg.de. Retrieved 2023-05-14.
  23. ^ "Bus-Linie 255: Fahrplan, Haltestellen & Störungen | BVG". www.bvg.de. Retrieved 2023-05-14.
  24. ^ "Bus-Linie 259: Fahrplan, Haltestellen & Störungen | BVG". www.bvg.de. Retrieved 2023-05-14.
  25. ^ "Tram-Linie M4: Fahrplan, Haltestellen & Störungen | BVG". www.bvg.de. Retrieved 2023-05-14.

External links edit

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