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Guide to Rixdorf

Secret Garden in Rixdorf

*this post was written in collaboration with Paul Sullivan from SlowTravelBerlin

[EN] I’ve long been an ardent fan of Rixdorf, that well-preserved, former Bohemian village in the heart of Berlin’s hip Neukölln - probably because I come from a quaint small town (in Poland) myself. Despite being located close to the bustle of Karl-Marx-Straße and Sonnenallee, this village-esque part of Neukölln has remained sleepy, idyllic and even relatively tourist-free compared to other parts of the district.

The original German village that was here dates back some 600 years, though its history as the city’s ‘Bohemian quarter’ harks back to 1737, when it was settled by a group of around 350 Moravian Protestants. Expelled from Eastern Bohemia, they were invited by Prussian King Friedrich Wilhelm I, who used them to repopulate what was then a fairly desolate and outlying part of Berlin. 
Hailing mainly from the Czech town of Ustí nad Orlicí, they settled along and around Kirchgasse, just north of the older German village, where they continued to maintain and develop their community (Český Rixdorf). Sixty years later, the religious settlement gained its own administration and the area became known as Böhmisch-Rixdorf, the older German part becoming Deutsch-Rixdorf. These two independent municipalities unified in 1874 and its population increased significantly in the following years.

Neukölln, Berlin, Deutschland