Marzahn-Hellersdorf is a Northeastern suburb close to Brandenburg and borders to the districts Treptow-Köpenick and Lichtenberg.
The new district was result of the fusion in 2001 of the until then independent districts Marzahn and Hellersdorf, which belonged to East Berlin during the time of the GDR.
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All in all the district has 5 parts which are Biesdorf, Hellersdorf, Kaulsdorf, Mahlsdorf and Mahrzahn. The former district Hellersdorf was originally set up with Mahlsdorf, Kaulsdorf and Hellersdorf (1986-2001).
About 250.000 people live in Marzahn-Hellersdorf today, two-thirds of them in big residential areas. The district is, with its connected tower blocks areas, Europe's biggest settlement area.
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Furnished Apartments have been popular before the Fall of the Berlin Wall, finally they were equipped with running water and district heating compared to the shabby flats in old buildings in the city centre. But this changed after 1990.
The GDR-buildings increasingly called “Platte” became a bad image like “Marzahn, the Bronx of Berlin”or “Hellersdorf ruled by Skinheads”.
Good earning people moved away to other Federal States or to wealthy districts in Berlin, or to other settlement areas in Biesdorf, Kaulsdorf and Mahlsdorf.
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However in the last few years the image of the “Platte” has improved. The former grey facades of GDR-time changed into colorful, different buildings. More than 80% of the furnished apartements have been renovated and sanified with millions of Euros. New shopping centres, restaurants, cultural sites and sport facilities have been developed.
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Bockwindmühle in the centre of the village(1994), the opened Hospital(1997), which is one of the modernst across Europe, and the augurated Chinese Garden(2000) got well known out of the district borders.
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The district is estimated for its green environment and offers with Wuhletal, which extends from Ahrensfelde through Marzahn-Hellersdorf to Köpenick, an unique natural landscape.