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87th INTERNATIONAL F.I.C.C. RALLY from 27 July to 4 August 2018 in Paaren -Berlin/Germany

Date: 31/03/2017
Source: DCC (D)

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Köpenick in south-east Berlin (also known as Berlin’s ”laundry” in the old days), is situated on an island at the confluence of the Dahme and Spree rivers.
It was the centre of Germany’s film industry for a long time and it was here that the Eastman Kodak, Agfa and Defa Productions had their studios and factories. The halls and tower blocks are now listed buildings and some have been transformed into luxury apartments.
Treptow-Köpenick is the biggest of Berlin’s districts in terms of area. It is renowned for its lush greenery and abundance of water which includes the Müggelsee through which the R. Spree flows.
The old town of Köpenick has many beautiful restored houses dating back to the 18th century alongside the town hall and the St. Laurence church and the town’s famous baroque castle.

“Der Hauptmann von Köpenick” (The Captain of Köpenick) is a very well-known film by Heinz Rühmann relating the mischievous exploits of one of the town’s citizens.
In October 1906, Köpenick hit the headlines at home and abroad thanks to the daring exploit of one Wilhelm Voigt, an out-of-work 57 year old shoemaker. Wearing a captain’s uniform that he had acquired, he masqueraded as a Prussian military officer and rounded up ten guards in Köpernick’s brand new town hall. He took the mayor and counter clerks into custody and seized 4000 marks 37 pfennigs from the almost empty municipal treasury.
The public at home and abroad were very amused by this daring feat which exposed the subservient spirit and slavish obedience of the Prussians. Voigt was found and captured ten

days after carrying out this prank. A former fellow prisoner (the shoemaker had already spent 27 years and 6 months behind bars on numerous counts of theft and forgery) had given the police a tip-off. Voigt was jailed for four years but, pardoned by the Kaiser, was released in August 1908.

Köpenick Museum
It is housed in “Schötzes Hof”, an old half-timbered house dating back to 1665, with exhibits illustrating the town’s history.
Address: Alter Markt – Berlin Köpenick

An excursion to this, the largest of Berlin’s lakes, is worth doing at any time of the year. Formed during the Pleistocene era along with the Müggelberg hills on its southern shores, the lake is 4.3 kms long, 2.6 kms wide and up to 8 m deep in places. The R. Spree flows through the lake at which point it is known as the Müggelspree. If you are on the lake and the wind gets up, sudden choppy waves should not be taken lightly. Many a helmsman in a small boat has been taken unawares and got into difficulties as the waves got higher. On a really cloudy day, the shores of the lake disappear from view and the lake resembles the open sea.
There are a number of places where one can stay around the lake and, for the most part, towns and small settlements such as Friedrichshagen, Rahnsdorf and Müggelheim have retained their village character. The Friedrichshagen waterworks on the northern shore still take much of their water from the lake. There are numerous deep wells located near the banks that are mainly fed by the bank filtrate and only a small amount comes from groundwater. Siphon pipes conveyed ground water to the waterworks. Clean water is obtained through slow sand filters. It is also a museum.