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Quarter of Berlin
The settlement of Neu-Venedig (New Venice)
The settlement of Neu-Venedig (New Venice)
Coat of arms of Rahnsdorf
Coat of arms
Rahnsdorf  is located in Germany
Coordinates: 52°26′00″N 13°42′00″E / 52.43333°N 13.70000°E / 52.43333; 13.70000Coordinates: 52°26′00″N 13°42′00″E / 52.43333°N 13.70000°E / 52.43333; 13.70000
Country Germany
State Berlin
City Berlin
Borough Treptow-Köpenick
Founded 1375
 • Total 21.5 km2 (8.3 sq mi)
Elevation 34 m (112 ft)
Population (2008-06-30)
 • Total 8,891
 • Density 410/km2 (1,100/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes (nr. 0912) 12589
Vehicle registration B

Rahnsdorf is a German locality (Ortsteil) within the Berlin borough (Bezirk) of Treptow-Köpenick. Until 2001 it was part of the former borough of Köpenick.


The locality was first mentioned in 1375, originally created as fishermen's village, which has its own church. After 1872, when it burned down almost completely, it was rebuilt. In 1902 the Villenkolonie of Wilhelmshagen was built in the east of the village with Tabor Church. In 1920 Rahnsdorf merged into the city of Berlin with the "Greater Berlin Act" and from 1949 to 1990 it was part of East Berlin.[1]



Located in the south-eastern suburb of Berlin, Rahnsdorf is the easternmost locality of the city. The easternmost point is represented by Springeberg, a ground located in front of Falkensee lake, bordering with Woltersdorf and Erkner, two municipalities of Oder-Spree district, Brandenburg. Similar to an exclave it is linked to Berliner mainland with a road (Woltersdorfer Landstraße) forming a strip, as in Steinstücken. The other municipality bordering with Rahnsdorf is Schöneiche, also part of Oder-Spree. Another peculiarity of Rahnsdorfer borders with Brandenburg is represented by Landjägerallee, a road parallel to railway that forms a thin and long strip belonging to Erkner surrounded by Berliner territory. The localities of Treptow-Köpenick bordering with Rahnsdorf are Friedrichshagen, Köpenick and Müggelheim.

Surrounded by a big portion of the Berliner Stadtforst (city forest), Rahnsdorf counts 2 lakes in its territory: the eastern portion of Müggelsee (the biggest lake in Berlin), and the western one of Dämeritzsee. Between the Müggelspree river, an affluent of the Spree representing the border with Müggelheim, and the old town, it is located Neu-Venedig (New Venice), a residential settlement so named because it is crossed by numerous artificial canals.[2]


Rahnsdorf counts 4 zones (Ortslagen):


As urban railways, the locality is served by S-Bahn line S3, at the stations of Rahnsdorf and Wilhelmshagen. It is also served by the tramway lines 61 and 87. The second, not operated by BVG and separated from the citizen network, connects Rahnsdorf station to Woltersdorf. Another separated line (88) crosses a little portion of the locality without stops. Rahnsdorf counts also two ferry lines, F23 and F24, running over Müggelspree, at Müggelwerderweg and Kruggasse.


  • Karl Hillert (1927–2004), sculptor, painter, graphic designer



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Media related to Rahnsdorf at Wikimedia Commons