Anyone who decides to rent a vacation apartment in Berlin Zehlendorf will learn to appreciate the idyllic-civil character of this district. The maginficance of this district is characterized by prosperous, mostly noble people from Potsdam that had established the historical mansion district here since the development of the direct train connection between Potsdam and the Prussian capital. Today, Zehlendorf breaks out of the imgae of Berlin: "poor, but sexy". The local residents with the highest average income of the city could definitely clap themselves on the back. Nevertheless, Zehlendorf is sexy.
Whereas party people in their mid-twenties rather should search for a vacation apartment in Kreuzberg, the romantic vein of Berlin can be experienced here. Prussian palaces, churches and old mansions make the people in Berlin dream of a residence for the weekends in this area.
At the same time, some of the probably most horrible moments of German history took place here as it was an estate for many Nazi members and offices.
In contrast, the Pfaueninsel (peacock isle) in the river Havel that is only accessable via ferry, is a perfect dream. The palace, the fountain, the Jacob wells and lots of other sights are situated romantically embedded in a nature reserve. Theodor Fontane described today's UNESCO world cultural heritage in the following words:
"Pfaueninsel! Like a fairy-tale a picture from my childhood appears to me: A palace, palms and kangaroos; screeching parrots; peacocks sitting on high perches or doing a cartwheel; aviaries, fountains, overshadowed meadows, winding paths that lead to everywhere and nowhere; a baffling island, an oasis, a carpet of flowers in the middle of the Mark."
If you prefer wallowing pigs rather than the strutting peacock, you should visit the village demesne Dahlem.The agricultural-historical outdoor museum is the only farm in Germany that has a metro station right on its doorstep.
Exhibitions referring to the topic of nutrition and supply of the city Berlin and the federal state Brandenburg helped the museum becoming accepted as an oficial project of the UN decade "Education for a sustainable development".
With a vacation apartment in Berlin Zehlendorf the city centre can be reached quite fast. The trains S1 and S7 run directly to the city centre whereas the final stop of the S1 (Wannsee) is also a main-line station. In a part of the district, called Dahlem, you additionally can find the metro U3. And there are some bus lines that can convey you into the city centre as well.