Steglitz-Zehlendorf is a district in the southwest of Berlin. Zehlendorf is together with Charlottenburg the wealthiest part of Berlin and has a lot of lakes and forests, but also lots of culture and the biggest university in Berlin. Most famous is the Wannsee with its Strandbad, where on hot summer weekends all families visit, but there are also other lakes, where bathing is allowed and even free.
Steglitz was merged with Zehlendorf in 2001 and is an ordinary (but nice) residential and shopping district. Zehlendorf is more interesting for tourists because of its many museums, beautiful nature and some old castles.
The center of Steglitz is the U-/S-Bahn station "Rathaus Steglitz". One of the most popular shopping streets in Berlin is the "Schlossstrasse" with a good selection of specialized shops, especially medium and low-priced fashion shops. Additionally there are four small to medium-sized malls where you'll get everything you need.
Zehlendorf is spread quite far and depending on the area, different stations are the best. Wannsee, Grunewald or Dahlem-Dorf are the best stations to stop at for the most interesting areas.
- Wannsee— Well known as the number-one bathing and recreation spot for western Berlin. It is the site of the Strandbad Wannsee, an open-air lido with one of the longest inland beaches in Europe and a popular nudist area.
- Schloss and Schlosspark Glienicke— Glienicke Castle is one of Berlin's oldest castles and where Prince Carl used to reside. Be sure to check out Glienicke Bridge, the bridge that became renowned for the exchange of Western and Eastern secret agents.
- Schloss Grunewald— An impressive traditional country estate with stately architecture, it is an enclave of untouched regional cultural history and architectonic epochs. The 80-hectare mixed forest also provides a wide network of paths for walking and rambling.
House of the Wannsee Conference: The home of the "Final Solution."
- Brücke-Museum, Bussardsteig 9, tel 831 2029 . Works from the Dresden art collaborative called "Die Brücke".
- Museum of European Cultures. The biggest of its sort in Europe. At the museum district of Dahlem.
- Ethnological Museum. Again one of the world's most comprehensive ones. At the museum district of Dahlem.
- Museum of Asian Art Includes East Asian as well as Indian sections.
- Allied Museum. A museum showing the Western side of the Cold War.
- House of the Wannsee Conference. on Am Grossen Wannsee on the shoreline. This museum explains how this house was used for a meeting of senior Nazis to ensure that they all knew that the SS would forthwith industrialize the use of mass-murder in disposing of Jews and "undesirables" and to debate a little the logistics of the Holocaust, for which Hitler had already given the orders.
- Swim in the pure waters of one of the many lakes, such as Schlachtensee, Krumme Lanke or Wannsee. You should arrive with you bathing suit already on as there are no changing stations readily available.
- Loretta am Wannsee Kronprinzessinenweg 260, Berlin-Wannsee. One of the most popular beer gardens in Berlin. It's a must visit in summer for eating and drinking in the sun.
- Fischerhütte am Schlachtensee, Alte Fischerhütte am Schlachtensee Fischerhüttenstrasse 136 D-14136 tel +49-30-80498310. A cozy, yet elegant high end restaurant with an impressive visible wine collection, located directly at the Schlachtensee. Sit outside in the warmer months for the gorgeous views outside.
- Arcimboldo, Clayallee 347b, ☎ 030 802 37 07. Daily noon-midnight. Italian dishes from the daily specials board are highly recommended. Very friendly service, but not recommended for children. €15-35.
- Landhaus Schlachtensee, Bogotastr. 9, Zehlendorf, ☎ 030/809-9470. Set nearby the Schlachtensee and Krumme Lanke lakes, the Landhaus offers a quiet and tranquil location, with the personalized service of a bed and breakfast.
- Schlosshotel im Grunewald, ☎ 030/895-840. Tucked away near the Grunewald Castle, this ultra luxe exudes charm and indulgence, and with the interior styled by Karl Lagerfield, you can be assured of a stylish setting.