The southeastern Berlin suburb of Köpenick was founded around 1240, making it only three years younger than the capital itself. A 20-minute S-Bahn ride away from the city centre, it's famous for its handsome baroque palace, a picturesque Altstadt and a trio of superlative natural assets: Berlin's largest lake (Müggelsee), biggest forest (Köpenicker Stadtforst) and highest natural elevation (Müggelberge, 115m). A leisurely ramble, relaxed boat ride or cooling dip in the water quickly restores balance to a brain overstimulated by life in the city or sightseeing overload.
Many of the cobblestone streets in the Altstadt still follow their medieval layout. The main street, called Alt-Köpenick, is lined with baroque beauties and the historic Rathaus.
Urban trendspotters, meanwhile, might want to keep an eye on developments in Oberschöneweide, a one-time industrial area northwest of central Köpenick that's slowly showing up on the radar of artists and digital creatives.