Pankow is the third borough of Berlin and the capital’s second largest area by size and largest by population. Over 380,000 people call this area home. The borough is named after the River Panka that flows through it. It includes the inner city area of Prenzlauer Berg, and borders Mitte and Reichendorf in the West, Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg in the south and Lichtenberg in the East. There are excellent transport links within this borough, both to the centre of the inner city and to other areas. Due to its proximity to major attractions and the ease with which visitors can reach them, this is a fairly popular area in which to stay during a visit to the city.
Pankow does itself contain a number of attractions. Between 1945 and 1960, Pankow’s Schönhausen Palace and nearby Majakowskiring Street housed a number of East German political officials. In fact, writers and commentators from the West often used the word Pankow as a metonym for the East German regime, so associated was this district with its running. Schönhausen Palace is a Baroque Prussian Palace and has extensive gardens through which the Panka River runs. It underwent extensive renovation and was opened to the public in 2009. Majakowskiring Street is an ellipse of houses, most of which were built in the 1920s. Most were expropriated by officials of the German Democratic Republic after the Second World War. The district is also home to the largest Jewish Synagogue in the city, Rykestrasse Synagogue, and Weissensee Cemetery which is one of the largest Jewish cemeteries in Europe. In the north of Prenslauer Berg you will find a ‘residential town’ called Carl Legien which is a key UNESCO listed example of a Modernist Housing Estate, listed along with five other examples throughout the city. A large natural space in the district is Weissensee park, surrounding Weisser See, a large lake. There is a boat rental place and an historic cafe. The lake is popular for swimming in the summer.
There are a number of hotels in the area, if you are planning on staying in the Pankow area. Here are a few examples.
Victor’s Residenz-Hotel Berlin: This four star hotel is very centrally located, just minutes walk from Alexanderplatz, on the intersection between Prenslauer Berg, Mitte and Friedrichshain.
Hotel Pankow: This straightforward and laid-back hotel is just ten minutes walk or so from Schönhausen Palace, a few minutes by tram from the historic buildings that form the historic heart of the borough.
Hotel-Pension Schenk: This quiet property, built in 1991, is ten kilometers from the city centre, in the green north of Berlin. It offers an escape from the hurry and bustle of inner Berlin, with a gentle family atmosphere.
VCH Akademie Hotel Berlin: This is a hotel with a personal touch, located in a pleasant green area within the borough. There is a pleasant winter garden to enjoy here at this three star establishment.
Hotel Parkidyll: Located immediately adjacent to the public park, this hotel offers a relaxing stay in Pankow district. There is a hotel dog, Sina, and your four legged friends are welcome here too. There are hotel rooms and apartments are also available here.
Businesshotel Berlin: This business hotel in the Pankow area is easily accessible, with good links to the A114 motorway and within easy reach of public transportation to the city centre. Smoking and non smoking rooms are available.
Holiday Inn Berlin City Centre East Prenzlauer Berg: This modern four star hotel is located close to the centre of the city in Brenzlauer Berg. It is in the perfect location to visit the attractions of the inner city area.
Zarenhof Berlin Prenzlauer Berg: Hotel Zarenhof is located in an historic Art Nouveau building that dates from the early 20th Century. At the heart of the trendy Prenzlauer Berg district, it is right next to the Eberwalder Strasse subway station.
Hotel-Pension Ulrich: This family run guesthouse is located in a quiet neighbourhood in the north of the city. The location has a quiet countryside feel and yet it is easy to hop on the S-bahn, ten minutes walk from the hotel, and take one of the trains that run every ten mintes to the city centre.
Pension Prenzlberg: This friendly, family-run hotel in the trendy district of Prenzlauer Berg is in a central and yet quiet location. Some rooms overlook the tranquil courtyard garden.
Myer’s Hotel Berlin: This classy three star hotel is housed in a stately stone building less than a kiometre and a half from Alexanderplatz. It offers a complimentary breakfast buffet and has elegant furnishings and a sauna and a leafy garden with seating and sculptures.
Melarose Feng Shui Hotel: This hotel is right in the middle of Prenslauer Berg near the well-known Kollwitzplatz and within walking distance of Mauerpark and Alexanderplatz and close to many on-trend shops, restaurants, pubs and clubs.
Charleston House: This hotel is housed in a beautiful restored historic building in the heart of Prenzlauer Berg. Some rooms have direct access to the garden with its gently splashing fountain.
Hotel Abell: This is another well-placed hotel in the centre of Prenzlauer Berg. It is easy from here to visit many of the city’s most popular attractions on foot or by public transport.
Ackselhaus and Bluehome: This boutique, urban hotel is within a restored 19th Century building within walking distance of Alexanderplatz and only a couple of kilometres or so from the Berlin Wall Memorial.
Alex Hotel: This is a two star hotel within a typical turn-of-the-century Berlin building that has been renovated and has modern interiors. It is located in Prenzlauer Berg within very easy distance of major attractions and well-connected with excellent public transport.
Pankow is a district which encompasses both areas of the trendy and bustling inner city and some of the green and leafy neighbourhoods of the northern fringes, which have far more of a countryside feel, so whatever sort of accommodation you are looking for you may well find it in Pankow.