Park in Pankow, sun rays flood the park Photo: Mika

Student intern Mika reports about his district Pankow

Mika is a student, 15 years old, and has been our student intern for a few days. To get him in the mood for two weeks of tourism and insights into the office working world, we asked him to write a text about a Berlin topic of his choice. He chose "his" Pankow. Read in the following text why "Pankow is not made for leaving the house at seven in the morning and walking all the time until twenty, while always seeing something new." Let's go to Pankow.

  • What comes to mind when you think of Berlin?
  • A day in quiet Pankow
  • Prenzlauer Berg and Pankow - Where are the differences?
  • Is Pankow worth a visit?

What's the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Berlin?

What do you think of when you think of Berlin? Most people will now have thought of Alexanderplatz, the Mall of Berlin, or the Brandenburg Gate. Logically, yes, since they are mentioned in every travel guide. Pankow will not, but is still a beautiful part of Berlin that is worth visiting. Pankow is the perfect place to have a break from the stress and all the people in the city center for one or more days. You can not only relax or do nothing in Pankow but also visit the southernmost part of Pankow: Prenzlauer Berg.

City Hall Pankow Photo: Mika
City Hall Pankow

This district is probably known to most people. Like the rest of Pankow, Prenzlauer Berg has a lot of gastronomy. But what makes Prenzlauer Berg different from the rest of Pankow is the way of life. Prenzlauer Berg has more residents than the other districts of Pankow. Most of them are also younger than in other parts of Pankow.

A day in the quieter Pankow

Pankow is not the district made for leaving the house at seven in the morning and walking all the time until 8 pm while always seeing something new. In Pankow, you should take a more relaxed approach. It's best to sleep in and then leave the house at a very relaxed pace around ten in the morning.

A good place to have breakfast is one of the many cafes located throughout Pankow. I would recommend Café Milchmanns on Berliner Straße. Strengthened one decides then, how the day is to be continued. There will be no shortage of choices.

If you are traveling with children, for example, a bike ride to the children's farm Pinke Panke, where the children can see, pet, and feed animals. For children who like animals definitely worth a visit. However, if you don't want to take a bike tour, there are plenty of other options to get to the farm. For example, by train or bus. The farm is by far not the only thing you can do in Pankow.

Green Pankow

There are numerous parks like the Schönholzer Heide, the Bürgerpark, or the Schlosspark where it is nice and quiet and where you can just relax. You can also eat an ice cream on site.

For those who always need exercise, there are of course also sports facilities. The first thing that comes to mind here is the Berta Block, a bouldering hall. This bouldering hall has four different rooms, all of which have different difficulty levels and are suitable for different age groups. For people who like to climb an absolute must. A delicious coffee or a small snack is also offered here.

After you have exhausted yourself enough in the sports activities, it's time for something to eat. Here, too, you will quickly find what you are looking for in the district. For example, you can get a delicious burger at Schillerburger, which is within walking distance of the S+U Pankow.

Afterwards, you can end the day at the Blauer Stern cinema.

Prenzlauer Berg and Pankow: Where are the differences?

So Pankow is definitely worth a visit, you could convince yourself of that in the previous text. But what we didn't talk about was Prenzlauer Berg. This district represents a strong difference compared to the rest of Pankow because it simply seems much busier.

Prenzlauer Berg

Prenzlauer Berg is one of the most popular residential areas in Berlin, which can also be seen in the population density. In fact, 168,807 people live in Prenzlauer Berg in just eleven kilometers. Most of the residents are younger people and families, who find Prenzlauer Berg very appealing. The heart of Prenzlauer Berg is the Schönhauser Alle train station, from which everything is accessible. So if you want more action in Pankow, you'll be drawn to Prenzlauer Berg.

Schönhauser Allee, subway starts Photo: Mika
Subway station Schönhauser Allee

Is Pankow worth a visit?

Ultimately, of course, you have to decide for yourself which places you want to visit and whether Pankow is part of your itinerary. What we can say is that Pankow is a part of Berlin that is less crowded and at least for one or two days a good contrast to the rest of Berlin.

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