Weissensee ( _de. Weißensee) is a locality in the borough of
Pankowin Berlin, Germany, named for the small lake"Weißer See" (White Lake) within it. Before Berlin's 2001 administrative reform, Weissensee was a borough in its own right, consisting of the localities of Weissensee, Heinersdorf, Blankenburg, Karow and Stadtrandsiedlung Malchow.Weissensee was first mentioned in 1313as "Wittense". The first settlers subsisted on fishingand established themselves on the eastern shore of the lake, where an old trade routeconnected Berlinwith Szczecin("Stettin") and the Baltic Sea- today the Bundesstraße 2federal highway.
As Berlin's smallest district (by inhabitants) it had historically been slightly in the shadow of its neighbouring boroughs
Prenzlauer Bergand Pankow. However its popularity is increasing due to its proximity to the fashionable (but expensive) Prenzlauer Berg. With its tram connections it also has easy access to central Berlin.
Weissensee is appreciated as a good choice for people seeking for a balance between urban life and seclusion in a peaceful district of Berlin. The immediate area around the lake "Weißer See" is characterized by its historical architecture, numerous places of interest, parks, lakes and activities. The art school "Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weissensee" is of nationwide rank. At
Weissensee Cemetery, one of Europe's largest Jewish cemeteries, notable people like the painter Lesser Uryand the publishers Samuel Fischerand Rudolf Mosseare buried here.
* [http://www.gustav-adolf-strasse.de/ Gustav-Adolf Street]
* [http://www.berlin-weissensee.de/ Berlin Weissensee]
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