Coordinates: 52°29′00″N 13°19′00″E / 52.48333°N 13.31667°E / 52.48333; 13.31667
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Rüdesheimer Platz
Rüdesheimer Platz
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Coat of arms of Wilmersdorf
Location of Wilmersdorf in Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf and Berlin
Wilmersdorf is located in Germany
Wilmersdorf is located in Berlin
Coordinates: 52°29′00″N 13°19′00″E / 52.48333°N 13.31667°E / 52.48333; 13.31667
 • Total7.16 km2 (2.76 sq mi)
43 m (141 ft)
 • Total101,877
 • Density14,000/km2 (37,000/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Postal codes
(nr. 0402) 10707, 10709, 10711, 10713, 10715, 10717, 10719, 14197, 14199
Vehicle registrationB

Wilmersdorf (German pronunciation: [ˈvɪlmɐsdɔʁf] ), an inner-city locality of Berlin, lies south-west of the central city. Formerly a borough by itself, Wilmersdorf became part of the new borough of Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf in Berlin's 2001 administrative reform.


Synagogue of Wilmersdorf, 1930

The village near Berlin was first mentioned in 1293 as Wilmerstorff, probably founded in the course of the German Ostsiedlung under the Ascanian margraves of Brandenburg. From the 1850s on Deutsch-Wilmersdorf was developed as a densely settled, affluent residential area, which in 1920 became a part of Greater Berlin. The former borough of Wilmersdorf included the localities of Halensee, Schmargendorf and Grunewald.

During the era of the Weimar Republic Wilmersdorf was a popular residential area for artists and intellectuals.

In 1923 the foundation stone for the first mosque in Germany was laid on the initiative of some Islamic students in Wilmersdorf. It was completed in 1925. The so called Wilmersdorfer Moschee (Mosque of Wilmersdorf) is still owned and maintained by the Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement.

In 1933, the year in which Hitler came to power, 13.5% of the population was Jewish; many of them were deported by the Nazis from Berlin-Grunewald Station. Deutsche Bahn established a memorial on 27 January 1998 at the historic track 17 ("Gleis 17"), where most of the deportation trains departed. The synagogue of Wilmersdorf in the Prinzregentenstraße was destroyed by the Nazis in the Reichspogromnacht on 9–10 November 1938. A memorial plaque commemorates the former synagogue. A new synagogue and community centre was established 2007 in the Münstersche Straße for the growing Jewish community in Wilmersdorf.

During World War II, Wilmersdorf was the location of a subcamp of the Sachsenhausen concentration camp.[2] After 1945 Wilmersdorf was located in the British Zone of occupation.



Berlin University of the Arts, faculty of music

Higher education[edit]

Primary and secondary schools[edit]

  • Comenius-Schule, a primary school, is in Wilmersdorf.[3]
  • Halensee-Grundschule, a primary school, is in Halensee, near Wilmersdorf.[4]
  • Svenska Skolan Berlin, Swedish School Berlin
  • Katholische Grundschule Sankt Ludwig, a catholic primary school
  • Nelson-Mandela-School, International School
  • Friedrich-Ebert-Gymnasium, a secondary school which is close to the Fennsee.
  • Goethe-Gymnasium, one of the most popular secondary schools in Berlin
  • Annie Heuser Schule, a private Waldorf education school

Weekend schools[edit]

  • Zentrale Schule fur Japanisch Berlin e.V. (共益法人ベルリン中央学園補習授業校 Kyōeki Hōjin Berurin Chūō Gakuen Hoshū Jugyō Kō), is a weekend Japanese supplementary school.[5] Established April 1997.[6] The Japanische Ergänzungsschule in Berlin e.V. (ベルリン日本語補習授業校 Berurin Nihongo Hoshū Jugyō Kō), another weekend Japanese school, is held at Halensee-Grundschule.[7]

Notable people[edit]

Plaque commemorating Maria von Maltzan, Detmolder Straße 11
  • Maria von Maltzan German resistance against Adolf Hitler and the Nazi party, saved the lives of Jews in Berlin. Lived at Detmolder Straße 11, 1909–1997.
  • Paul Abraham, composer lived before he left Germany in 1933.
  • Jérôme Boateng, footballer for Bayern Munich and Germany, grew up in the area.[8]
  • Berthold Brecht, poet, lived in Wilmersdorf with his partner Helene Weigel, until they left Germany in 1933.
  • Marlene Dietrich, actress, lived with her husband and her family in Wilmersdorf, before they finally left Germany in 1933.
  • Franz Pfemfert, published Die Aktion, the anti-nationalist, anti-militarist expressionist journal from premises at Nassauische Straße 17, 1911–1932.
  • Margarete Kahn, one of the first women to obtain a doctorate in Germany, Holocaust victim. Lived at 127 Rudolstädter Straße.
  • Erich Kästner, author and poet, lived in Wilmersdorf, while he wrote Emil and the Detectives, one of the most famous children's novels in Germany. The view out of his window with the colorful street scene at the Prager Platz was the inspiration for the book.
  • Eva Siewert, journalist, writer and activist, grew up in Wilmersdorf.
  • Hans Haustein (August 27, 1894 in Berlin – November 12, 1933 Ibid.) was a Jewish doctor and scientist in the Weimar Republic.
  • Konrad Zuse (June 22, 1910 – December 18, 1995), German inventor, born in Wilmersdorf



  1. ^ "Einwohnerinnen und Einwohner im Land Berlin am 31. Dezember 2020" (PDF). Amt für Statistik Berlin-Brandenburg. February 2021.
  2. ^ Megargee, Geoffrey P. (2009). The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Encyclopedia of Camps and Ghettos 1933–1945. Volume I. Indiana University Press, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. p. 1290. ISBN 978-0-253-35328-3.
  3. ^ "Comenius-Schule." City of Berlin. Retrieved on April 6, 2015. "Comenius-Schule Gieselerstr. 4 10713 Berlin–Wilmersdorf"
  4. ^ "Halensee-Grundschule." City of Berlin. Retrieved on April 2, 2015. "Halensee-Grundschule Joachim-Friedrich-Str. 35–36 10711 Berlin–Wilmersdorf"
  5. ^ "欧州の補習授業校一覧(平成25年4月15日現在". MEXT. Retrieved on May 10, 2014. "c/o Comenius-Schule Gieselerstr. 4, 10713 Berlin, GERMANY"
  6. ^ "Deutsch." Zentrale Schule fur Japanisch Berlin e.V.. Retrieved on April 6, 2015. "Die Zentrale Schule für Japanisch Berlin e.V. wurde im April 1997 als gemeinnütziger Verein durch eine Elterninitiative gegründet, um Kindern und Jugendlichen aus japanischen, deutschen und interkulturellen Familien die Möglichkeit zu geben, ihre japanischen Sprachkenntnisse in Wort und Schrift zu erhalten und weiter zu entwickeln."
  7. ^ "2014 年度" (Archive). Japanische Erganzungsschule in Berlin. Retrieved on February 14, 2015. "Japanische Ergänzungsschule in Berlin e.V. c/o Halensee – Grundschule Joachim – Friedrich – Str. 35/36 10711 Berlin"
  8. ^ "The Boateng Brothers' World Cup Duel". Spiegel Online. 16 April 2010. Retrieved 26 January 2012.