Reinickendorf is the twelfth borough of Berlin. It has large residential areas of spacious detached houses as well as famous housing estates like Märkisches Viertel. Märkisches Viertel is a large high-rise housing estate with around 17,000 apartments in buildings of up to 18 floors. They were built by East German authorities between 1964 and 1974 and are typical of the socialist housing policy of the DDR.
The borough also includes Lake Tegel, a picturesque lake, the second largest in Berlin, which is connected to the navigable River Havel. Most of the waterfront of the Lake is under private ownership but the islands within the Lake, Scharfenberg, Valentinswerder and Maienwerder, are reachable on some of Berlin’s ferry services. Scharfenberg is owned by a boarding school. Valantinswerder is home to 26 permanent residents. It has a campsite and is a tranquil retreat, spoiled only by the aeroplanes that fly low and frequently overhead. In recent years the island has also become a weekend retreat for a number of inner-city families.
You may not think that there will be many places to stay in this largely residential area, but you will find more than you might expect for one good reason – the International Tegel Airport, which is located in this borough and is the reason for the aeroplanes that destroy the peace and tranquillity of the islands beneath its flight paths. If you are a tourist visitor to Berlin then you are very likely to be passing through this airport and this district on your way to the city centre destinations, though it is unlikely that you will be spending all that much time in Reinickendorf unless visiting friends or relations who live there. However, you may well feel the need for a convenient hotel in which you can stay in the vicinity of Berlin’s main international airport. Here are some of your options:
Hotel Alt Tegel: This is a vintage hotel in a quaint neighbourhood on the outskirts of the city, in the area of the city after which the airport is named. It is conveniently situated for stay coming to or from the Tegel airport. There are plenty of things to see and do in old Tegel itself or you can take the transport links swiftly and easily to the city centre.
Best Western Hotel am Borgisturm: This four star hotel is in the centre of the district, close to the airport and with good transport links to the rest of the city. It is in the immediate vicinity of Lake Tegel and offers a number of perks, including free bike rental, amongst other things.
Hotel Rheinsberg am See: This four star hotel is situated in the north of Berlin, beside a small lake. The 81 rooms invite you to linger and provide an atmosphere of wellness and tranquillity. Here you will find a spacious and fully equipped spa with a Finnish infusion sauna, a Russian-Roman steam bath, a dry sauna, a sanarium and a hot whirlpool.
Hotel am Tegeler See: This three star hotel, a series of sharply defined angles and tiered balconies, is a modern building on the banks of Lake Tegel. There are fifty simple rooms here. You will also find an outdoor German restaurant and beer garden and some of the rooms have sitting areas and views of the lake.
Mercure Airport Hotel Berlin Tegel: At this four star hotel you have direct access to the airport. Relax here in nearby Jungfernheide Park or Lake Tegel or take advantage of the easy transport links to make your way swiftly into the city centre where you can see all of Berlin’s premier attractions.
Days Inn Berlin West: Set in the heart of the leafy northern district, this hotel is just minutes from the famous Kurt-Schumacher Platz and threaded within a transport network that take you very quickly to either the airport, just 5km away, or the city centre.
Victor’s Residenz-Hotel Berlin Tegel: This three star hotel is in a convenient location with easy access to both the Tegel airport and the city’s vibrant downtown. If you arrive with your own car you will find it easy to reach this hotel from the motorway and there is an underground parking garage.
Hotel Bärlin in Berlin: This hotel is located in the heart of the Reinickendorf district, at the Kurt-Schumacher Platz. This is a friendly and familiar Berlin neighbourhood hotel with 28 rooms. You can get to the airport from here in just five minutes and Ku-damm in around fifteen minutes, making it a good place to stay for ease and convenience.
Pension am Kurt Schumacher Platz: Inside the same building as the hotel above is this affordable hostel accommodation. This is a more affordable though equally well situated option for budget travellers.
Hotel Ibis Berlin Airport: This convenient two star hotel is located close to the airport – useful for both business and leisure travellers. You can use the S-bahn to get from here to the city centre attractions in just fifteen minutes.
Hotel Bongard: This functional, interesting looking hotel is a basic place to spend the night that is convenient for those arriving in Berlin by car, particularly those arriving from the north or north west. It is fairly close to outer ring-roads and yet the hotel is close to a subway station that will take you into the city centre in around twenty minutes.
Jugendherberge Berlin – Ernst Reuter: This youth hostel is located far to the north of the Reinickendorf District, right on the north-western outskirts of the city. It is a budget option for young people looking for a place to base themselves in the green fringes of the city.
Reinickendorf is an interesting borough, that stretches from green and leafy outer suburbs to a far more urban feel close to the airport and the city centre.