I love water and historic architecture – and that is why I love the old town of Köpenick so much. Köpenick used to be a separate city until 1920 when Berlin’s government incorporated many estates around the city. But the old town of Köpenick has kept its individual charm to this day.
Small houses and narrow cobblestone streets remind you of the 800-year-old history and rustic taverns invite you to enjoy a solid home cooked meal and some local brewed beer. On your stroll through the old town you can’t miss the big red Rathaus (town hall) where you will meet the statue of the infamous “Hauptmann von Köpenick” (Captain of Köpenick), who played the city a prank in 1906: He was a shoemaker who dressed up as an military captain and ordered soldiers to occupy the town hall, so that he can steal the treasury. The true story was filmed several times and is still known nationwide.
If you enjoy crafts you should visit the only preserved baroque palace in Berlin. But also a stroll around the building is worth it because, like the whole old town, it is surrounded by water. Köpenick has more lakes and rivers than any other part of Berlin. So after some strolling and munching you can also rent a boat.