Schönhausen castle park, entrance gate, blue sky and the sun is shining Photo: Stefanie Jost

Hike - Hauptbahnhof to Schloss Schönhausen

Let's take a hike through berlin to Pankow. Today we will take you to Pankow. This path is ideal by bike or on foot.


Komoot map section of the hike from the main station to Schönhausen Castle Photo: Olaf Luft

Distance: 5.5 mi
Time: 2.16 (approx.)
Elevation: 150ft / 75ft

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Hello Berlin visitor,

today we will take you to Pankow. This path is ideal by bike or on foot.

We start at the main train station. You can actually get here by all public transport.

Pankow is in the north of Berlin, but at the beginning we take the southern exit to Washingtonplatz. You see political Berlin from the Chancellery to the Reichstag.

From here on the left we go towards "Futurium", the place where everything revolves around the future. Clearly a visit tip! But now turn into Alexanderufer, pass the area of ​​the world-famous Charité, go over Invalidenstrasse and are now on part of the Berlin Wall Trail.

Futurium Photo: Olaf Luft

On the left the water, on the right the Ministry of Economics and in front of us the old Invalidenfriedhof. A place to linger and discover. We continue along the water. Now you will pass a former border tower (today a memorial), here is the place where Günter Litfin was the first victim of the Berlin Wall.

Go on and soon you are standing on a small wooden bridge, the Seller Bridge. Look down, here the Panke flows into the north port and on into the Spree. From here we follow the Panke to Schönhausen Palace Park in Pankow.

To do this, we go back a little and across Boyenstrasse to Chausseestrasse. The stadium on the left is an ice rink. Here you can go ice skating. (Tip)

You see a small weir and have the Panke back. From here it gets easy - always take the paths along or near the Panke. It can't be done wrong.

River Panke Photo: Olaf Luft
River Panke

Some tips for on the go.

Factory 23 is just before Pankstraße, after 10 minutes. The small café here is ideal for a first break.

You now move to “Gesundbrunnen” as far as Pankow. Of course, a lot of things don't look like a "fountain of health" here, you are now in an inner city district. But here at the Luisenbad (Badstrasse) mineral springs were once discovered that were said to have “superpowers”.

As soon as you have crossed Osloer Straße, you can now look forward to a long green belt along the Panke. At the Wollankstrasse S-Bahn station you now cross under the tracks and you're HURRAY in Pankow. Until 1989 this was the border between East and West Berlin.

Schönhausen Castle Park, entrance Photo: Stefanie Jost
Schönhausen Castle Park

Need a second break? The Bürgerpark is now in front of you. There is a café, a wildlife enclosure, a historic cemetery, a wonderful entrance portal and lots of sculptures.

If you go further and really always follow the Panke, Parkstrasse will lead you to the castle park. From here you can find Schönhausen Castle alone, guaranteed. The palace was once the summer residence of the Queen of Prussia and the seat of the first president of the former GDR.

Don't worry, you don't have to run everything back. The tram leaves the Grabbeallee and takes you back to the city center.

River Spree, View of the government district Photo: Olaf Luft
River Spree

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