Welcome to Spandau
Spandau is a charming mash-up of green expanses, rivers, industry and almost rural residential areas wrapped around a medieval core famous for its 16th-century bastion, the Zitadelle Spandau (Spandau Citadel). Older than Berlin by a few years, Spandau sits at the confluence of the Havel and Spree and thrived as an independent city for nearly eight centuries; it only became part of Berlin in 1920. To this day, its people still talk about ‘going to Berlin’ when heading to any other city district. Nearly all sights are handily clustered in and around the Altstadt. The suburb of Gatow, with the Military History Museum, is about 10km south of here.