"From its lilac lined boulevards to its stately turn-of-the-century mansions, Zehlendorf is one of the wealthiest and loveliest of Berlin's districts. Part of the Steglitz-Zehlendorf region, a hotel in Zehlendorf puts you close by the stunning Grunewald forest, as well as the Krumme Lanke and Schlachtensee lakes. It also puts you in the heart of charming residential with classic homes and cobblestone streets. The village of Zehlendorf dates back to early Slavic communities in the 7th century. Today, it is the most affluent part of this world class city. Germans and tourists flock to hike in the forests and cool off in the lakes, and there are many museums and castles to visit in this district as well. A Berlin hotel in the picturesque Zehlendorf also puts you right next to one of the most chic shopping areas in the city, all along the Schlossstrasse. If you're visiting Berlin in the summer, a stop at Wannsee Lake is a must, offering up one of the longest inland beaches in all of Europe. Other highlights in the region are the
Schlosspark Glienicke, which is one of the oldest castles in Berlin, and the nearby Glienicke Bridge, where countries exchanged captured spies during the height of the Cold War.