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Britz (About this soundGerman pronunciation ) is a German locality (Ortsteil) within the Berlin borough (Bezirk) of Neukölln.

Britz
Quarter of Berlin
Hufeisensiedlung
Hufeisensiedlung
Location of Britz in Neukölln district and Berlin
Berlin Neukoelln Britz.png
Britz is located in Germany
Britz
Britz
Britz is located in Berlin
Britz
Britz
Coordinates: 52°27′00″N 13°26′00″E / 52.45000°N 13.43333°E / 52.45000; 13.43333Coordinates: 52°27′00″N 13°26′00″E / 52.45000°N 13.43333°E / 52.45000; 13.43333
CountryGermany
StateBerlin
CityBerlin
BoroughNeukölln
Founded1273
Area
 • Total12.4 km2 (4.8 sq mi)
Elevation
52 m (171 ft)
Population
 (2008-06-30)
 • Total38,334
 • Density3,100/km2 (8,000/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
(nr. 0802) 12347, 12359
Vehicle registrationB
WebsiteOfficial website

HistoryEdit

The village of Britzig was first mentioned in 1273. It was incorporated by the 1920 Greater Berlin Act. It is known for being the site of the Hufeisensiedlung ("Horseshoe Estate"), part of the UNESCO Berlin Modernism Housing Estates World Heritage Site since 2008.[1]

Public transportEdit

Britz is served by the U7 (Berlin U-Bahn) traveling North / South from and to the terminus at Rudow (Berlin U-Bahn).

SightsEdit

HufeisensiedlungEdit

The subsidized housing estate was built on the fields of Britz manor between 1925 and 1933 according to plans by Bruno Taut and Martin Wagner. The project was initiated by a housing cooperative established to combat the shortage of affordable living space. Numerous blocks and terraced houses in New Objectivity style with colorful facades include more than 1,000 apartments, situated in spacious gardens designed by landscape architect Leberecht Migge.

Transmission facilityEdit

The transmission facility of the newly founded RIAS - present-day Deutschlandradio - was built on a site in Britz in 1946 by the American military administration. Several temporary structures were replaced in 1948 with the current, 100-metre high steel masts. These were later extended to heights of 160 m and 144 m.

Short-wave transmissions were made from Britz starting in 1949. In 1978 a medium-wave transmission aerial was added to allow better reception across the whole of the GDR's territory, especially at night.

BlubEdit

The disused Blub ("Berliner Luft- und Badeparadies") water park is situated in Britz, near the Teltow Canal. It has become a site of interest to those interested in ruined architecture. It is due for redevelopment in the near future.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ (in German) Historical infos about Britz Archived July 16, 2011, at the Wayback Machine

External linksEdit

  Media related to Britz at Wikimedia Commons