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For the airport, see Berlin Tegel Airport. For the New Zealand poultry company, see Tegel Foods (New Zealand).
Quarter of Berlin
Gorkistrasse in the old town
Gorkistrasse in the old town
Tegel is located in Germany
Coordinates 52°35′00″N 13°17′00″E / 52.5833333°N 13.2833333°E / 52.5833333; 13.2833333
Country Germany
State Berlin
City Berlin
Borough Reinickendorf
Basic statistics
Area 33.7 km2 (13.0 sq mi)
Elevation 52 m  (171 ft)
Population 33,417  (30 June 2008)
 - Density 992 /km2 (2,568 /sq mi)
Founded 1920
Other information
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Licence plate B
Postal codes (nr. 1202) 13405, 13503, 13505, 13507, 13509
Location of Tegel in Reinickendorf district and Berlin

Tegel is a locality in the Berlin borough of Reinickendorf at the shore of the Lake Tegel. The Tegel locality, the second greatest one (after Köpenick) between the 95 Berliner Ortsteile, also includes the neighbourhood of Saatwinkel.



Tegel Palace

The Tegel Palace (or Humboldt Palace), originally a Renaissance manor house from 1558 and a hunting lodge of Elector Frederick William of Brandenburg, was bequested to the Humboldt family in 1797. Alexander von Humboldt and Wilhelm von Humboldt lived here for several years. In 1824 Wilhelm had the palace rebuilt in a Neoclassical style by Karl Friedrich Schinkel. In the park is a tomb, where Alexander, Wilhelm and other members of the Humboldt family are buried. From 1927 until 1931 Tegel Palace was the site of a sanatorium, founded by the psychoanalyst Ernst Simmel (1882-1947).

From 1898 on Tegel was the seat of the Borsig-Werke steam locomotive manufacturing company until it moved to Hennigsdorf in Brandenburg in 1931.

Between 1930 and 1934 an artillery firing range in the district was used by the Verein für Raumschiffahrt for experiments with liquid-fueled rockets. The principal names involved were its leader Rudolf Nebel and other staff members Hermann Oberth and Wernher von Braun.

Tegel was the site of a medium wave broadcasting station from 1933 to 1948. A wire hung in a wooden tower served as an antenna. This tower was demolished as part of the construction of Tegel International Airport at the end of 1948.

Tegel today

Tegel Port Bridge ("Sechserbrücke")

Tegel is chiefly known for being the location of Berlin-Tegel Otto Lilienthal, Berlin's main airport. It also houses the Tegel Penitentiary, Germany's largest prison with about 1,700 inmates as of 2007, known from Alfred Döblin's 1929 novel Berlin Alexanderplatz.

One of Berlin's largest shopping malls Borsighallen is located in the former locomotive manufacturing halls of the Borsig-Werke. There is also the Villa Borsig at the shore of Lake Tegel, the former residence of the Borsig family. Today it is a school for future diplomats.

Beside this Tegel is an extensive residential district with some industry. With the large Lake Tegel, set in woodlands, the locality is also a popular destination for daytrippers. It boasts Berlin's oldest tree, called Dicke Marie ("Fat Maria").


Westend is served by the Berlin S-Bahn line S25 at the station Berlin-Tegel. U-Bahn connection to the inner city is provided by the U6 line with the stations Otisstraße, Holzhauser Straße, Borsigwerke and Alt-Tegel.

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Coordinates: 52°35′00″N 13°17′00″E / 52.5833333333°N 13.2833333333°E / 52.5833333333; 13.2833333333

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