Berlin is divided into 12 main areas called Bezirk in german. It is one the most multicultural and international capitals in Europe, with almost half non city-native residents.
Within few years Berlin became also the most international city of Germany with ca. 25% of foreign nationals & expatriates.
The attractiveness of the city was highlighted in Monocle magazine survey about quality of life survey 2017, where Berlin was ranked amongst top 3 best cities in the world in in terms of quality of life.
The city of Berlin offers many professional opportunities with a growing economy especially with its flourishing start-up scene and the relocation of many companies and administration.
Berlin has a modern infrastructure and public transportation organized by Deutsche-Bahn, the national transport company that employs ca. 20.000 people in the city.
Beyond numbers, Berlin is worldwide reputable for its dynamic and outstanding cultural life with 175 museums,140 theatres, 300 cinemas and a world-class event and venues planning, like for classical music and Operas.
Find out about events planning and cultural calendar in Berlin: www.berlin.de/en/events
For gastronomy amateurs Berlin offers an unlimited experiencing field with more than 4500 restaurants from all world's gastronomic specialties, especially Vietnamese. Of course, vegetarians would be best served as Berlin developed a shining reputation as an international vegan mecca.
To go for a drink, you have to find your suitable place between 1100 bistros, bars and if you are interested by nightlife you'll find in Berlin most sophisticated and reputable night clubs in the world.
If you are interested to settle in Berlin or just to plan a trip to the German capital city, we hope that this brief guide about Berlin central boroughs would be helpful.
Mitte is the center of Berlin, it has a history background dating back to the 12th century that one can see at the Nikolaiviertel area.
The area of Berlin-Mitte attracts millions of tourists every year with Germany’s main attractions like Unter der Linden and the Brandenburg gate, Hackescher Markt, the Bundestag, the TV-tower at Alexanderplatzand the Gendarmenmarkt that hosts several events like Open air concerts and Christmas market.
Mitte is known for its world-class museums like the Pergamon and the "Neue Museum" located on the Museum island that hosts historical marvels like the bust of Egyptian queen Nefertiti and the entrance of the antic city of Babylon.
The present of Mitte is highly linked to the cold war and wall history that one could feel by visiting the Checkpoint Charlie, Unter der Linden or the DDR museum.
In Mitte, one could find a wide selection of restaurants with international gastronomic specialties, especially for Italian food, grill houses, as well as a high number of food-concept and vegans.
Concerning entertainment and leisure, you'll find in Mitte plenty of bars and clubs of all styles, concepts and music types.
Prenzlauer Berg is considered as one of best residential areas of Berlin. Following a process of gentrification and building renovation, it has become the most fashionable, bohemian and attractive area for young families in Berlin.
Prenzlauer Berg is especially known for its unique village atmosphere, known as "Kiez" in German. Today, the sidewalks are full of boutiques, art galleries, green areas (Mauerpark), restaurants, cafés and trendy bars.
The area is known for its large green squares bordered by cafés and restaurants that became the symbol of "Kiez" atmosphere like Humannplatz, Kollwitzplatz and Helmholzplatz. They serve also aa playground for the many children, as collaborative urban garden, a breeding ground, and as general as a meeting place.
The area is full of green cobblestone streets with decoration shops, art galleries, organic glaziers and sunny terraces. The streets of Pappelallee, Stargarder str. and Kastanienallee are a cheerful mix of thrift shops, design boutiques, vegan restaurants and independent cinemas.
The Mauerpark has become a Berlin institution. Every Sunday there is a big flea market, as well as a famous open-air karaoke during the summer season. A true myth, it allows visitors to sing to hundreds of people in the park's arena and share with the crowd an extraordinary joyful and positive energy.
Living in Prenzlauer Berg is also interesting for culture and history lovers that would love to visit the Kulturbrauerei is a must-see in the district: a former 19th century brewery, converted into a cultural complex and the Wall memorial.
Kreuzberg is a unique bohemian area in Berlin and Germany. Formerly a main working-class district, it became in few years the symbol of Berlin new atmosphere: a mix of multiculturalism, bohemian life, fashion and freedom,
With dozens of clubs and alternative bars, it's the favorite venue of artists, musicians and clubbers. The nest of electronic music, inspiration for musicians such as David Bowie, amazing street art, the multiculturalism and openness of the people and the famous club scene made of Kreuzberg the trendiest spot in Berlin. With this positive atmosphere, in Kreuzberg was born huge summer events that attract millions of participants every year like the Festival of Cultures.
Behind the Spree banks, one can feel this relaxing and alternative atmosphere especially in the Wrangelkiez and the Bergmankiez. There are a several points of interest in Kreuzberg like the authentic covered market, the Marheineke Markthalle. the Viktoriapark, perched on a hill, offers a panoramic view of Berlin and the river Spree banks walking zone known as Üfer and place for street artists and musicans.
Several digital companies, such as Deliveroo, were seduced by the dynamism of Kreuzberg and installed their headquarters. Many old buildings, recently renovated, attract investors from around the world and increased the standing of this neighborhood.
Neukölln is currently the most multicultural and rising area of Berlin. Thanks to its unique atmosphere, Neukölln is becoming very popular for artists, designers, hipsters and start-uppers.
In the middle of a deep transformation process, Neukölln is a lively area that almost never sleeps with a multitude of bars and flourishing nightlife.
It is attracting new young cosmopolitan population (i.e. from Nordic European countries) that appreciate the alternative atmosphere, the relatively low housing cost and the bohemian life style around Hasenheide Park and Karl-Marx straße.
Low commercial real estate prices have also made it a new haven for small businesses and many of Berlins start up technology firms are now relocating there to take advantage of affordable office space and the increasing popularity of Neukölln for young people.
Friedrichshain is borough located in Est-Berlin The area is known with the Karl-Marx-Allee, the main street of Friedrichshain with an impressive and unique set of stalinian style buildings, today classified monuments.
This is probably the area with most of contracts in the city with a "Kiez" residential zone around Boxhagener straße with cafés and restaurants, a nightlife zone around Simon-Dach straße and new development zone (offices and luxury homes) next to Spree banks.
The most known attraction in Friedrichshain is the east-side gallery symbol of Berlin wall fall. The huge Volkspark (52ha ) offers a playground for children, a space of picnic and meeting for inhabitants.
Friedrichshain is also dynamic area and highly appreciated by the youth of Berlin with its multitude of bars, restaurants and clubs.
Charlottenburg and Wilmersdorf are the most known and symbolic areas of West Berlin. Where Wilmersdorf is mostly a residential highly-rated area,Charlottenburg is more international and lively one.
The main point of interest is definitely the Kurfürstendamm (Ku’Damm) area with its luxury and brand shops, shopping centers like the famous Kaufhaus des Westens.
This area is very lively and has a number of museums and opera houses, like StaatOper and Deutsche Oper as well as the Memory Church.
After a tour on Ku'Damm, one can take a side street in direction of the lovely Savigny platz and feel this elegant "West atmosphere". On the way you'll appreciate the sophisticated architecture of period buildings (Jugendstil) and sit at one of the numerous terraces of cafés and classy restaurants.
The Royal Charlottenburg Palace is also a main attraction for visitors, especially the castle wonderful park and the canal, highly appreciated by area inhabitants.
Steglitz is a western area of Berlin that become very dynamic last years with the creation of the second commercial high-street of Berlin around the long street of Schloßstrasse with its numerous boutiques, cafés and shopping centers.
Living in Steglitz is ideal for greenery and boating amateurs as great natural parks and lakes are reachable within minutes. Most known are a Nikolasee or Schlachtensee or the beach of Wannsee.
The city has Medieval Prussian roots that one can clearly notice on the architecture of buildings. Main attractions are the Schloßpark theatre and the Glienicke bridge known as the bridge of spies.
If you settle in Steglitz, day to day life would not only be functional and relaxing, as the area is developing on the cultural side and it is full of nice green stone-paved street with numerous cafés and restaurants terraces.
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