Dicke Marie is the name of this tree and it has been here for quite some time. Some 900 years depending of what you believe. Since we chose to believe in that, 900 years it is. When this tree first set the roots on the sandy shores of Tegeler See, there were still bears around the forests. When Berlin got its first mention back in 1244, Dicke Marie was bigger that most of the house in the city and it saw the medieval Berlin grow.
It was a saturday afternoon when we decided to explore somewhere in Berlin we never been to. After discussing some ideas, it was time to explore Alt Tegel. But, what should we try to find there? Let me see what foursquare can show me. This was how we spent our saturday afternoon in Alt Tegel looking for the oldest tree in Berlin.
In 1778, Johann von Goethe honoured the oak with his visit. But it was only a few years later that the tree got its nickname, Dicke Marie. The legend tells us that a couple of boys who lived in the nearby Schloss Tegel named the oak after their fat kitchen maid.
This is how Dicke Marie turned up to be Berlin’s oldest tree. The impressive looking english oak stands 26 metres high and has a trunk with a circumference of almost 7 meters. We imagine that everything should look better on the summer since things looked pretty dead this saturday.
You can find the tree on Tegeler See north shore, a few minutes walk from Hafenbrücke bridge. If you go there, don’t forget to give Dicke Marie a hug. You know this tree deserves it.