Treptow-Köpenick is the ninth borough of Berlin. It is the largest of the twelve boroughs and yet it is also has the lowest population density. This borough spreads out to the south east of the city. This is a lush and green area with an abundance of water and a sense of rurality. It stretches from the city centre right out into the surrounding countryside. 800 years of city history, cultural attractions, shops restaurants and entertainment venues mean that this is very much part of the city, while the natural scenic attractions make this something more. Here you will find ice-age hills, forests and parks mingled in throughout the man made portions of the borough, and the Rivers, canals and lakes make this the perfect location for a water sports adventure within close reach of city amenities and attractions.

Along the banks of the River Spree close to the city centre you will find Treptow Park, which contains a number of tourist attractions including the largest Soviet Memorial that you will find anywhere in Western Europe, the world’s largest refracting telescope at the Archenhold Observatory and Trentow Harbour which gives access to a number of passenger boats. Up the river in Schöneweide you will find a number of striking memorials of the city’s industrial heritage and a range of cultural and leisure activities for families in the Volkspark Wuhlheide nearby. Köpenik’s old quarter is a must-see in this borough. It is situated on an island at the the convergence of the Rivers Dahme and Spree and contains many important, interesting and beautiful historic buildings. Here you will find a Baroque Palace that now houses the Arts and Crafts Museum, and another small museum about the ‘Coup of Köpenick’ in the Gothic Town Hall. There are plenty of restaurants and cafes scenically situated around here, many on the waterside. Just a few minutes away from this old town is the Müggelsee, Berlin’s biggest lake and on the lake’s northern shore you will find Friedrichshagen, a charming place with a range of restaurants and cultural institutions. A waterworks museum is also located here. This borough is great for those who love the great outdoors. Not only can you enjoy the waterways in a variety of different ways, you can also hike and bike in the popular Müggelberg Hills. Here are some places where you could stay:

Best Western Hotel am Schloss Köpenick: This hotel is located on the banks of the River Dahme and has its own private jetty that those who have chartered a boat can use. The hotel has amazing views of the castle and of  Köpenick old town.

Hotel nhow Berlin: This is the only hotel in Berlin that has its own recording studio. It has a futuristic look and a terraced bar and restaurant overlooking the river, an art gallery, gym and a number of other facilities.

Hotel Müggelsee Berlin: This four star hotel is right on the banks of the lake. It offers a luxurious escape with a large spa and a lakeside restaurant amongst its many amenities. Transport links to Schönefeld Airport and the city centre are excellent.

Pentahotel Berlin, Köpenick: This is a trendy and modern hotel set on the banks of the Dahme River. It is just a few minutes walk from the Köpenik Museum and the old town’s attractions and offers some river views.

Michelberger Hotel: This quirky modern hotel is situated directly across the street from the Warschuer Strasse U-bahn that will take you to the city centre quickly and easily and it is just ten minutes or so walk from the East Side Gallery.

Hotel NH Berlin Treptow: Just a matter of steps away from the river Spree, this four star, modern hotel offers a stylish stay in the Treptow area.

Dorint Hotel Adlershof Berlin: This modern style hotel is just seven minutes walk or so from Adlershof S-bahn and just over 3km from the Palace in Köpenick.

Neu-Helgoland: This hotel and restaurant right on the waterfront is a picturesque building, reconstructed to exactly replicate the original 1897 structure. A lovely place to dine beside the river, or to stay outside the inner city.

Meininger Hotel Berlin Airport: This budget hotel is just 2.4km from the airport. Parking and airport shuttle are free, making this a good choice for a convenient, simple yet bright stay on your way to or from the airport.

Hotel Spree-idyll: This waterside hotel is right at the heart of the watersports district. This is a great place to visit for a watersports holdiday or for a holiday on your bike.

Grünau Hotel Berlin: This family run hotel is in a quiet location and yet is easily accessible from the airport and the city centre. Several times this has been chosen as the friendliest hotel in the city.

Airporthotel Berlin: This basic business hotel has straightforward rooms and contemporary décor. It is 6.9km from the airport.

Kubrat An der Spree: This hotel is pleasantly situated in the old town of Köpenick. It is a pleasant and restful place close to the major sites of this part of the city.

M & M Hotel: Located directly at the fast train station at Schönweide this is a cheap option with good transport links. Rooms are modest but newly renovated.

Leonardo Airport Hotel: This three star hotel is just five minutes drive from the airport. It is clean and modern and offers in house spa facilities.

Hotel Boelsche: This quiet and friendly family run hotel is picturesquely located in the Friedrichshagen, this is a quaint accommodation option in a delightful part of the borough – close to the city centre and yet feeling very much a countryside area.

Hotel Port Inn: This three star hotel is in a wonderful location for exploration of the beautiful pastoral charms of the lakes area, with its meadows and forests, hills and waterways.

Wherever you stay in this varied district, you will be sure to be amazed by how tranquil and calm are the rural retreats that you will find so relatively close to the centre of the city.