Our 600 Year Old Village – Rixdorf Berlin

The capital city of Germany holds many hidden secrets including the village in Rixdorf Berlin.

Berlin has evolved from the diversion and destruction of the past, achieved by not only moving forward, but moving in a way that embraces the past whilst warmly welcoming the present. This is especially visible in the union of Berlin’s 600-year-old village called Rixdorf.

Rixdorf village Berlin, Berliner Straße, 1903
Image of Rixdorf, Berliner Straße, 1903
Early Days of Rixdorf Berlin Village

First inhabited as early as 1360, Rixdorf village Berlin did not become a Bohemian village until 1737. During this time 350 Moravian protestant refugees were invited into the Kingdom of Prussia by King Frederick the 1st. The group were eventually exiled from Bohemia under the Hasburg Empire in the very early 18th century.

Movement of religious refugees throughout Europe was common after the 30 year war ended, with European Kings such as Frederick the 1st inviting groups from other areas into their own Kingdoms to repopulate deserted villages. This movement also opened up new trade channels, connecting areas, post war.

Developments of Rixdorf Berlin Village

The turn of the 20th Century saw the Moravian’s build-up the existing area to become Prussia’s largest village. During that time the locals built their own houses, churches and became an ever increasing prosperous unit, as a result it was officially named Böhmisch Rixdorf. After the naming it was granted its own constitution in 1737, leading to the first independent state within the city of Berlin.

Berlin Hermannstrasse, Rixdorf village Berlin
Berlin Hermannstrasse, Rixdorf

As the city of Berlin expanded in the same area, it eventually sprawled around the village. Since then, the township has been renamed to Neukölln, and is now a popular suburb of Berlin.

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Fast Facts about Rixdorf Berlin Village
  • April 28, 1849 firestorm burnt down most of the village. The only real remaining building is Richardstrasse 80.
  • Its independence ended only in 1920, when it was incorporated into Greater Berlin as Neukölln.
  • Present day Neukölln consists of a wide variety of shops and eateries, filled with multiculturalism and liberal living. Streets are lined Turkish döner restaurants, Arabic and Asian grocery shops, internet cafes and cheap outlets. A huge mix of everything.

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