Behnitz / Kolk
The oldest settlement in Berlin
Surrounded by the mill race and the river Havel, the old town is situated on a small island. Not only historical buildings, but also shops and a wide range of art and culture can be found in the town centre, which has been converted into a pedestrian zone.
The historical origins of the old town date back to the 13th century. There are many sights to explore during a walk through the old town. It’s best to start is directly behind Spandau town hall and walk from there through the Stabholzgarten down to Lindenufer on the Havel. From there, there are several roads that turn into the old town.
In the centre of the old town is St. Nikolaikirche and the Reformationsplatz. Around the corner is the 15th century Gothic House, Berlin's oldest town house which doubles as the tourist information office.
The work of Spandau artists is exhibited in 22 former horse boxes that form part of the historic city wall. Local produce and much more can be purchased at the Havelland farmers’ market that takes place several times a week.
Further north beyond Altstadt Spandau underground station is the oldest area of settlement in Spandau: Behnitz, also known as Kolk.
Altstadt Spandau, 13597 Berlin