The city of Berlin is one the most multicultural and international capitals in Europe, with almost half non city-native residents. In addition, with the rising city attractivity and quality of life, Berlin became the most international German city with ca. 25% of foreign nationals & expatriates that have chosen the city to be their new home.
The attractiveness of the city was highlighted in Monocle magazine survey about quality of life survey 2017, where the German city was ranked amongst top 3 best cities in the world in in terms of quality of life.
Beyond numbers, the city is worldwide reputable for its dynamic and outstanding art and cultural life with 175 museums,140 theatres, 300 cinemas and a world-class event and venues planning as well as hundreds of art exhibitions. Find out about events planning and art calendar in the German city: www.berlin.de/en/events. In addition to being the German museum city, Berlin is also the European capital of classical music with a rich program of shows, classical concerts and operas throughout the year.
For gastronomy amateurs, the German capital offers an unlimited experiencing field with more than 4500 restaurants with international gastronomic specialties and local ones like the popular Berliner Currywurst. Of course, vegetarians would be best served as the German city developed a shining reputation as an international vegan Mecca with ore Vegan restaurants than any other city in the world. To go for a drink, you have to find your favorite place between 1100 bistro and bars and if you are interested in nightlife you'll find in Berlin most reputable night clubs in the world.
In addition to being a popular travel destination, the city also offers many professional opportunities with a growing economy with the expansion of German companies such as Deutsche Bank, Bayer and Siemens, the relocation of many federal administrations and most importantly with a booming start-up hub whose Zalando company is the most representative with more than 10,000 jobs created in the city. The German capital has a modern infrastructure and with numerous lines of S-Bahn (train), U-Bahn (metro) and strasse-Bahn (tram). The public transportation is well organized by Deutsche-Bahn, the German national transport company that employs ca. 20.000 people in the city.
Whether you are interested in making Berlin your new home or just planning a stay in the German capital, we hope that those brief guides on the districts and boroughs of the city centre will be of a good help!
The German capital city is divided into 12 main areas called Bezirk in German. The most central areas are located within the Ring-Bahn (inside the city ring train line called S-Bahn).
Mitte is the historical centre of the city, it has a history background dating back to the 12th century that one can observe 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. On the 17th century Gendarmenmarkt Square, which hosts several events such as open-air operas and the Christmas market, you can visit the Dome Church, the German Dome and the Konzerthaus Concert Hall.
Mitte is known for its world-class museums like the Naturkunden museum, the Pergamon museum, the Old museum, Bode museum and the new 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 the wall history that one could feel by visiting the Checkpoint Charlie, Unter der Linden or the DDR museum or or historic hotels like the Westin Grand Hotel and the Adlon hotel, a must-see place to visit located in Pariser place, just next to Brandenburg gate.
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 and concepts (of which the famous Berliner Kneipe) as well as countless art exhibitions especially around Auguststrasse.
Prenzlauer Berg is located in the city north-east and 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 the city.
Prenzlauer Berg is especially known for its unique village-like 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, Helmholzplatz place and Kollwitzplatz, place known for its week-end organic market. They serve also a playground for the children, as collaborative urban garden, a breeding ground, and as general as a meeting place.
Prenzlauer Berg area is knownof 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 is a park located just next to the Wall that has become an institution in the city and a meeting and leaisure place for Berliners. Every Sunday, a popular flea market takes place, 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 art, culture and history lovers, especially with the Wall memorial and the Kulturbrauerei, a former 19th century brewery, transformed into a large cultural complex that has become a must-see in the area and brings together several buildings dating from the 19th century.
Pankow, located to the north of the city knows a strong development since 2017 because it is located on the border of Prenzlauer Berg (one U-Bahn station). If you are looking for a new home in the city, this area offers a good compromise with several new property developments and prices that are much more affordable either for buying or renting a new home . This district is located just 5 stops from Alexanderplatz and was very popular with the leaders of the East German Communist Party before the fall of the Wall, especially for its many green spaces and prestigious residential areas with villas dating back to the early 20th century. The centre of the district is located around the Rathaus Town Hall and the Bürgerpark, a 12ha park dating from the 19th century. With the renovation of many period buildings, the Florakiez has become the best area in Pankow, a lively area known for its cobbled streets and grand squares surrounded by many cafes, bars and restaurants.
Kreuzberg is a unique bohemian area in Berlin and Germany. Formerly a main working-class district, it became in few years the symbol of the city 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, the amazing street art, the multiculturalism and openness of the people and the famous club scene made of Kreuzberg the trendiest spot in the city. 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 also several other points of interest in Kreuzberg like the authentic covered market, the Marheineke Markthalle and the Oberbaumbrücke. The Viktoria park, perched on a hill, offers a panoramic view of the city and the Spree banks walking zone known as Üfer and place for artists and musicans. Kreuzberg host countless art exhibitions and some interesting museums like the German Technical museum and the jewish museum.
Several digital companies, such as Deliveroo, were seduced by the dynamism of Kreuzberg and moved their headquarters to the area. The renovation of many period buildings, attracted last years investors from around the world and improved the new standing and reputation of this unique district.
Neukölln is currently the most multicultural and rising area of the "already" most international German city. 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. The 18th century square Richardplatz, known for its Christmas market, is an authentic place with medieval airs and ideal for a visit of the district during the winter.
The attractiveness of property prices has also turned the area into a new destination for small businesses. Many start-ups have taken advantage of this growing popularity of Neukölln among young Berliners and the renovation of several buildings to establish offices in the district. If you are looking for a hotel in Neukölln, the 1125 rooms Estrel hotel is ranked as the largest hotel in Germany.
Friedrichshain is borough located in Est-Berlin that was once and once separated from Kreuzberg by the Wall. It has a great location just few minutes by metro from the center. The area is known for the Karl-Marx-Allee, the main street of Friedrichshain with an impressive and unique set of Stalinian style buildings, today classified as historic 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 new homes) next to Spree banks.
The most known attraction in Friedrichshain is the east-side gallery, an open-air street art museum, symbol of the 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 with its countless bars, restaurants and clubs.
Charlottenburg and Wilmersdorf are the most known and symbolic areas of West Berlin. Where Wilmersdorf is mostly a local residential highly-rated area, Charlottenburg is more international and dynamic.
The main point of interest is definitely the Kurfürstendamm (Ku’Damm) area with its luxury and brand shops, shopping centers like the famous department store 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". In Charlottenburg-Wilmersodrf, you will appreciate the sophisticated Art Nouveau architecture (Jugendstil) of the period buildings as well as the numerous terraces of cafes and upscale restaurants. The best known hotels in Charlottenburg are the Ellington hotel and the Savoy hotel dating from 1929, in addition to the new Waldorf Astoria hotel. The Royal Charlottenburg Palace is also a main attraction for visitors, especially the castle wonderful park and the canal, highly appreciated by the area inhabitants.
Steglitz is a western area of Berlin that become very dynamic last years with the creation of the new second high-street commercial area of the German capital 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 lakes are Nikolasee, Schlachtensee and Wannsee that attract thousands of Berliners during the summer period.
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 choose Steglitz to be your new home area, the day to day life would not only be functional but also relaxing with the nice green stone-paved streets bordered by numerous cafés and restaurants terraces.
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