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Berlin-Lichterfelde Overview

Lichterfelde is a locality in the borough of Steglitz-Zehlendorf in Berlin (Berlin vacation rentals | Berlin travel guide), Germany.

From 1945 to 1994 the Hauptkadettenanstalt was used as Andrews Barracks by the United States Army Berlin Brigade. Today it belongs to the German Federal Archives (Bundesarchiv), headquartered in Koblenz (Koblenz vacation rentals | Koblenz travel guide). Two other kasernes Roosevelt Barracks in Gardeschützen-Kaserne (former seat of the Prussian, later German Royal Guard) and McNair Barracks, a former Telefunken manufacturing plant on Goerzallee were nearby. While Lichterfelde-Ost was badly hit in parts by World War II, Lichterfelde-West is still largely intact and today one of the prime residential areas of Berlin. The Lichterfelde locality also houses the Berlin Botanical Garden and the Campus Benjamin Franklin, built in 1968 and today part of the Charité university hospital.

Things to See in Berlin-Lichterfelde

  • Colony Villas Lichterfelde West with West Bazaar (S1 Lichterfelde West)
  • Botanical Garden (Botanical Garden S1)
  • Prussian cadets Berlin-Lichterfelde, now Bundesarchiv. Few parts are publicly available (Finckensteinallee)
  • Gutshaus Lichterfelde of JAW of Carstenn (Hindenburgdamm
  • Siemens-Villa, today German Music Archive (Gärtnerstraße)
  • Lichterfelde Park Cemetery, Cemetery celebrities of the early 20th century (Thuner Street)
  • Old Cemetery Lichterfelde (Moltkestraße)
  • Fly Berg and Otto Lilienthal (Lilienthal vacation rentals | Lilienthal travel guide) Memorial (Schutte-Lanz-Straße)
  • The Museum of the neighboring municipality of Steglitz in Drake Street has individual documents and exhibits to Lichterfelde and other neighboring municipalities in stock.

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More about the History of Berlin-Lichterfelde

The Prussian village Lichtervelde was founded in the 13th century by Flemish settlers. It saw considerable growth in the 19th century when the two Villenkolonien of Lichterfelde West and Lichterfelde-Ost were founded: two elegant settlements for wealthy Berliners made up completely of villas or mansion houses. The settlements and the historical villages of Lichterfelde and Giesensdorf were united in 1880 under the name of Groß-Lichterfelde (Greater-Lichterfelde).

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Although now a borough of Berlin, the village of Lichterveide was first founded by Flemish settlers in the 13th century. Lichterfelde grew substantially in the 1800s with the building of two elegant neighborhoods for wealthy Berliners. With the founding of the Prussian main military academy here, the area became home to numerous German noble families with ties to the army. Today, Lichterfelde and its rich array of Art Nouveau era houses is one of the most sought-after neighborhoods to live in. Lichterfelde is also home to the Berlin Botanical Garden. With over 1,500 species of plants, the garden also includes a large herbarium and scientific library. The Free University of Berlin maintains the garden, which houses some of its collection in 15 greenhouses, including the Great Pavilion (tropical plants), the Cactus Pavilion, and the Pavilion Victoria (featuring orchids and carnivorous plants). The garden also features a 14-hectare arboretum. Due to Lichterfelde's location, the other parts of Berlin are within easy reach, and therefore, the city's unique historical and cultural sites and offerings are the main things that should be explored. Lichterfelde is situated in southern Berlin, and another easily accessed destination is Potsdam with its sparkling collection of castles and gardens. Not to be missed!

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