Berlin, the capital of Germany! Events, parties, art and history – culture wherever you look! Not surprising that the city is considered as a magnet for tourists. Berlin is Germany’s largest city with 3.5 million inhabitants. When moving to this city, it can be difficult to find the neighborhood that suits your needs best. For this reason, we got a closer look at Berlins’ neighborhoods and did a short guide on our best areas and districts in Berlin.
When moving to Berlin, you have to decide whether you want to stay near nature or whether you want to be at the party area? Think of what is important to you. Which amenities would you like in your city area?
Centre city district of “Mitte”
“Mitte” as the district is nicknamed or called in short, lies in the heart of Berlin and is the administrative district and historical center of the city. It consists partly of the former East Berlin and is relatively densely populated with 368,000 inhabitants. Berlin Mitte is an excellent tourist magnet due to its typical sightseeing locations, which go from the Brandenburger Tor to Alexanderplatz, as well as along the boulevard „Unter den Linden“.
Unfortunately, and as you can imagine, this residential area is the most central and hence has the most expensive real estate prices in Berlin. On average, a rented apartment costs 16.48€/m². However, due to its central location you don’t have to deal with long distances, either in leisure time or on the way to work. Alexanderplatz, Potsdamer Platz, Friedrichstraße and Rudi-Dutschke-Straße form the economic core of the metropolis. Popular residential areas are near the Hackescher Markt, Torstraße and Rosenthaler Platz.
Kreuzberg unites pure multiculturalism and life! After the fall of the Wall, Kreuzberg became a central location in Berlin city. The district was known not only for its vibrant nightlife, but also for civil commotions and riots. However nowadays, the situation has improved significantly. The city has successfully combated the riots by organizing alternative events. Every year residents, traders and citizens’ initiatives organize the peaceful street festival “MyFest”. Visitors can hereby experience the multicultural flair of the area. The population in Kreuzberg is made up of about one-third of migrants. More than 180 nationalities co-exist mainly peacefully.
Living in Kreuzberg is less expensive than Berlin Mitte. On average, one square meter of a rented apartment costs 14.32€.
Both, Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg, make up the second administrative district of Berlin city. It used to be known as a sordid DDR working class quarter. Much has changed in this district as well. Friedrichshain is now considered a trendy place and a political platform. The locals are very engaged politically. The district is also called lovingly “homely neighborhood”. The very animated lifestyle and apartments within a big price range have attracted the younger generation in particular. The areas with old buildings are very popular for families. Also the birth rate in those areas is steadily increasing. Furthermore, it is considered a good neighborhood for parents since daycare centers and schools enjoy a good reputation. A range of well-developed playgrounds and youth facilities are available, offering a variety of different activities for children. The square meter for a rented apartment amounts to an average of 14.03 €/m².
Many areas in Neukölln were characterized by poverty for a long time. Since 2006 these neighborhoods also changed and improved considerably. The neighborhood, formerly known as wicked and mean, attracts mainly artists and creative people nowadays. This is because of the cheap rents and the variety of idyllic places in Neukölln. In some areas there is almost a rural flair, with historic half-timbered houses and pretty gardens. The North continues to develop positively in particular. The old buildings are regarded as trendy residential areas and young people enjoy the extravagant nightlife of Neukölln.
In Berlin Neukölln it is possible to rent an apartment for around 11.96 €/m².
The Prenzlauer Berg is also a great residential area. The picturesque old buildings attracts many people, therefore it is the most densely populated neighborhood in Berlin. More than 300 buildings are classified as historical monuments, the oldest were built in 1848. The population is very young compared to other parts of Berlin, the educational level is very high. More than half of the residents have a high school diploma or a university degree. In addition, the Prenzlauer Berg is known for its many leisure activities.
In Prenzlauer Berg you may pay an average of 14.38€/m² for a rented apartment.