The sub-district of Tegel in the north-west corner of Germany's first city is a popular weekend destination for Berliners. From the "Alt-Tegel" underground station, it is just a short walk to lakefront and forest. The same underground station serves Tegel's high street Berliner Straße and the pedestrian precinct along Gorkistraße – distances between the prime retail pitch and the local promenade being shorter in Tegel than in most other sub-districts of Berlin. Residents of Tegel live in one of the most bountiful sections of Berlin.
Between Greenery and Bustling High Street: Living in Tegel
For its roughly 35,000 residents, Tegel is a place of many faces. Grouped around the old village church, you will find avenues lined with linden and chestnut trees in front of lovingly restored period buildings. A few streets away, on the dockside of Tegeler Hafen, townhouses and residential complexes offer an exclusive ambience right on the waterfront. While many of Tegel's residents have been at home in the neighbourhood for a long time, recently arrived families and couples appreciate the sound infrastructure and the many scenic green areas. Greenwichpromenade, for instance, is an esplanade along the shore of Tegeler See that is perfect for strolls, while the nearby woodlands of Tegeler Forst are great for extended walks. The grounds of the Humboldt Brothers' manor next door are home to the oldest tree in Berlin – an oak of roughly 900 years nicknamed "Big Mary".
Compared to woods and waterfront, the pace of life quickens around Tegel's high street, Berliner Strasse. In addition to numerous stores, you will find ice cream parlours, cafés and the shopping centre at the former Borsig factory compound along this street. Fresh produce, meats and cheeses are available in the market hall on Gorkistraße – considered one of the finest assortments anywhere in Berlin.
Tegel's transport connectivity to the inner city could hardly be better. The U6 underground line and the S25 rapid transit line swiftly take you downtown. The A111 motorway and the B96 federal route provides quick vehicular access to the A10 Berlin orbital. Nearby Tegel Airport actually provides the district with international mobility.
Tegel is Up and Coming – as is Berlin
Due to the steady demographic growth and the intensifying housing shortage, residential locations outside the inner city have begun to move into focus for locals and new arrivals – one of these suburbs being Tegel. Like everywhere else in the city, condominium prices keep going up here. In 2014 alone, the average asking rent rose by 6.9 percent. The average square metre price in Tegel (Reinickendorf) is currently 7.50 euros, subject to an upward trend.