Schöneiche bei Berlin is what it’s name says, a suburb of Berlin close to the Berlin City Forest. The town itself better have more than just pretty countryside to steal you away from one of the most famous cities in all the world. And it does.
Schöneiche’s history goes back to the Stone Age and it’s been inhabited ever since. If it looked then, pretty much what it looks like now — it’s no wonder.
Schöneiche is relatively famous in the area for its music school and puts on a few concerts throughout the year. More artistic talent can be found at the cultural KuKI, where you’ll find art, theater, music, and films.
In addition to the many arts, Schöneiche does have a few famous buildings to see. One such place is the Lützowhaus, an 18th century hunter’s house. You can only get pictures of the outside though since it’s private property (hey, someone’s gotta live in it).
At the address Dorfaue 8 is Schöneiche’s Local History Museum. It’s kind of a fitting setting because the house was (is?) an 18th century framework farmhouse. The Raufutterspeicher is another such place (much bigger than the the farmhouse) with three floors built back in 1749.
That’s still not as old as the former Castle Church which is more than 500 years old. Oh, speaking of castles, make sure to see Schloss Schöneiche!
For something a bit more modern, but historic nonetheless, is the Schöneiche Tram. At the turn of the 20th century, the streetcar changed the way folks got around. They’re not used anymore, but still a cool little piece of history.
If you rather get in touch with nature there’s no place better than the Kleiner Spreewald Park. You’ll find little bridges over the creek and tree shaded paths. This place used to be real popular with the city folk and had its own outdoor swimming pool.
Well, I guess it’s safe to say that Schöneiche bei Berlin does have something special to steal you away from the big city chic.