Jaroslav Plotnikov

Ten central districts of Berlin to live in – short presentation – advertising-free

I have taken this short introduction from Berlin. de (a portal of the Berlin government). I only translated the original article into English. So you can get brief information about 10 central districts of Berlin. And all this without the annoying advertising ūüôā

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Berlin 10 central districts to live in 



Charlottenburg: Everything a big city needs

Royal residence city, rich suburb, showpiece of the West – 300 years of history have made a small settlement the centre of a big city.
Berlin Charlottenburg – Google Pics (opened in new tab)

Although Charlottenburg had to relinquish its status as the centre of Berlin to Mitte after the reunification, there are still plenty of points of contact that have established the district as a centre west. The Kurf√ľrstendamm, also known as Ku’ damm, is a popular shopping mile for tourists and locals alike. The Memorial Church, the Zoo Station and the exhibition grounds are also famous.

But Charlottenburg is not only touristic, it has a functioning social mix of old-established residents and new Berliners. Shopping together in the shopping mile “Wilmersdorfer Stra√üe”, strolling through the markets at Karl-August-Platz and Lehniner Platz or discovering exotic goods and restaurants in Berlin’s Chinatown in Kantstra√üe.

Together they also enjoy the many green corners of the district. The baroque palace garden, the Lietzensee park as well as the garden monuments at Savignyplatz and around Brixplatz invite you to linger and relax as well-kept inner-city oases.

IV. District Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf
District: Charlottenburg, Westend, Charlottenburg-Nord

Friedrichshain: A district in the upswing

The former GDR working class and industrial district has gradually developed into a scene district. Today, more and more families and successful creative minds are attracted to the district.

Berlin Friedrichshain – Google Pics (opened in new tab)

Friedrichshain is one of the most attractive residential districts in Berlin. Initially, the townscape was dominated by alternatives, students, artists and punks, then it was built, renovated and changed. Today, Friedrichshain is a sought-after residential area for people with a little more money in their wallets, family district as well as trendy and party districts, to which the tourists also come. Students and artists still exist.

The infrastructure is correspondingly good. Innumerable shops, restaurants, cafés and cultural events give residents and visitors the opportunity to spend relaxing or exciting evenings, depending on their preferences and on a good level. Friedrichshain has retained its special charm: Lively with naturally grown neighbourhoods, constantly in motion and still a little unfinished.

II. District Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg
Districts: Friedrichshain
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Kreuzberg: the multicultural world city

Widely known for the May Day riots and its numerous Turkish residents, most of the clichés are a thing of the past, as the district is in the process of changing.

Google Pics – Berlin Kreuzberg (opened in new tab)

The people of Kreuzberg are growing up, the largely peaceful and colourful street festival “MyFest” will take place on 1 May and “Klein-Istanbul” will provide a multicultural flair with Turkish fruit, vegetable and doner shops as well as the Turkish market on the Maybach shore.
But in addition to the Ottoman inhabitants, there are over 180 other nationalities, all of which live well together and side by side.

Kreuzberg was on the outskirts of divided Berlin, now it is right in the middle of it. Both Kreuzberg and numerous visitors like to spend their time in the two well-known parks (in Görlitz Park and Viktoria Park) and at the Landwehrkanal. The district is named after the 66-metre-high Kreuzberg in Viktoria Park.

The countless cafés, which are located almost everywhere, are also very popular. Nevertheless, everything here is less scenic than in Prenzlauer Berg or Friedrichshain, the districts that received all attention after the reunification.

II. District Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg
District: Kreuzberg

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Mitte: In the middle of Berlin 

Mitte is the new centre of Berlin since the fall of the Berlin Wall. The GDR past was largely shaken off and numerous young companies, agencies and exclusive shops have settled here.
Google Pics – Berlin Mitte (opened in new tab)

Mitte is not only an in-district, but also the origin of Berlin and most of its landmarks and sights.
The district is home to the creative scene as well as countless leisure and recreational opportunities (especially around Oranienburger Straße).

Alexanderplatz, the centre of City East, is the counterpart to the city west around Breitscheidplatz and Kurf√ľrstendamm in Charlottenburg. It is currently being redesigned – huge skyscrapers √† la Manhattan are to be built here.

I. Central District
District: Mitte

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Neukölln: Melting pot of cultures

Neukölln is a primary rock from West Berlin with hidden pearls, but also with dark corners.
Google Pics РBerlin Neukölln (opened in new tab)
In Neukölln you will find numerous old buildings with beautiful stucco at affordable prices. Much has already been renovated, but often the toilet is still in the staircase and you have to make do with an oven heating.

Neuk√∂lln has a negative image. However, almost every district in Neuk√∂lln has a neighbourhood management system that strives to improve the quality of life. Sometimes the residents take the improvement of their situation into their own hands, in projects such as the “city district mothers” and the “Campus R√ľtli”.

The so-called “Kreuzk√∂lln” around the Weserstra√üe has already made this change. The neighbourhood is increasingly becoming a trendy district – new caf√©s, shops and galleries are constantly being added, as well as new residents from Mitte, Kreuzberg and Prenzlauer Berg.

Neukölln is a typical residential district, especially in the southern districts it becomes suburban and rural. The district is home to genuine Neukölln residents, young students and families from about 160 different nations.

VIII. District of Neukölln
District: Neukölln, Britz, Buckow, Rudow, Gropiusstadt

Pankow: The intellectual suburb

Pankow was already popular with intellectuals and celebrities in the GDR era, and still is today. Stylish houses and lots of greenery make the district attractive.

Google Pics – Berlin Pankow (opened in new tab)
In GDR times, the political and artistic elite such as Erich Honecker, Wilhelm Pieck, Christa Wolf, Heiner M√ľller and Manfred Krug lived around the Mayakovskiring, which was not accessible to ordinary mortals. Some embassies had also settled here.

Today, Jasmin Tabatabai, J√∂rg Thadeusz and J√ľrgen Trittin live in Pankow, partly in the former domiciles of the GDR leadership.

Pankow lures with suburban charm. The houses are medium-sized, there is a lot of greenery and open spaces, the city is not far away and also the green and lake-rich Brandenburg.

Already in the 19th century Pankow was a popular destination and summer residence of the upper middle classes. The House Hohenzollern built Sch√∂nhausen Palace – Pankow’s most important landmark – as a summer residence. Thus Pankow developed into a suburb of villas, which was considered to be the upswing of the founding years.

Udo Lindenberg’s song “Sonderzug nach Pankow” made Pankow famous beyond its borders.

III. District Pankow
District: Pankow, Niederschönhausen, French Buchholz, Buch, Rosenthal, Blankenfelde, Wilhelmsruh

Prenzlauer Berg: prosperity in the creative scene district

The Prenzlauer Berg, also known as the “Prenzlberg”, is a well-preserved part of Berlin. The “colonization” began here immediately after the fall of the Berlin Wall, so the district is a forerunner of all the trendy districts.
The Prenzlauer Berg continues to attract young people and alternative forms of life, primarily students and artists. However, some neighbourhoods are now only affordable for the well-to-do. 

Numerous trendy cafés, pubs, clubs, restaurants, bars, galleries and theatres turn the district into a tourist magnet day and night, especially the areas around Kollwitz Square and Helmholtzplatz.
The multicultural flair here comes more from the French, Americans or Spaniards than Oriental or Asian migrants.

This interest in Prenzlauer Berg, which was a dilapidated quarter only 20 years ago, is probably due to the beautiful living atmosphere: Prenzlauer Berg is the largest (contiguous?) old Wilhelminian style area in Germany. Picturesque squares and streets are not uncommon here, but also the many cafés and shops.

Many investments in luxury apartment complexes… Gentrification is almost complete, ecological boom, children with strange double names (names like Magnus Klaudius are often heard on the numerous playgrounds)

III. District Pankow
District: Prenzlauer Berg

Tempelhof: bourgeoisie and industry

Tempelhof is known to most people for the airport of the same name, which has since been closed down. The district is pleasantly bourgeois and quiet.
¬†Looking at pictures don’t think it’s just an airport. There are apartments in this district.

Tempelhof is characterised by smaller multi-family and detached houses as well as commercial and industrial buildings. But there are also quite worthwhile residential areas with beautiful old buildings in green streets, which are cheaper here than in many other “scenic” districts.

Quality of life and green areas belong to Tempelhof’s advantages, but those who are looking for cultural and culinary qualities are in the wrong place.

People of different social classes and cultures live in the district. This is reflected in the numerous foreign stores that can be found next to the department store or more exclusive shops on Tempelhof’s popular shopping mile, Tempelhofer Damm.

In the immediate vicinity, the district has a new shopping centre, Tempelhofer Hafen, which is also intended to attract non-Tempelhofer visitors. It is located next to the ufaFabrik cultural centre.

The Mariendorf trotting track also attracts people from other districts.

VII. District: Tempelhof- Schöneberg
District: Tempelhof, Lichtenrade, Mariendorf, Marienfelde

Tiergarten: Here is the government 

Bezeichnend f√ľr den Stadtteil Tiergarten sind zum einen der gleichnamige Park und zum anderen das Regierungsviertel rund um den Reichstag. Von hier aus wird Deutschland regiert.
Looking at pictures don’t think it’s just a huge garden. Again, there are enough apartments here.
The district has several cultural buildings, such as the Philharmonie and the New National Gallery on its territory, as well as Berlin’s “Manhattan” – Potsdamer Platz. Numerous embassies are also at home here.

But Tiergarten is also the traditionally more proletarian Moabit and the post-war modern Hansaviertel.

The district is very green and rich in water, the Spree cuts through it and Moabit is completely surrounded by water.

I. Central District
District: Tiergarten, Moabit, Hansaviertel

Wedding: Ur-Berlin meets multiculturalism

Known as a classic working-class district with tenement barracks, a high proportion of socially disadvantaged people and migrants, Wedding has recently been increasingly discovered by artists and students thanks to its low rents and vacancy rates.
Google Pics РBerlin Wedding (opened in new tab)
Wedding – that can be love at second glance. Those who are not deterred by the grey apartment buildings can discover a lot here, because the Wedding has a lot of greenery and has a high recreational value. But it is not only the parks that attract more and more people to the former working class district, the creative art scene has also become a magnet. Those who visit Wedding or even live here will experience an original Berlin, because there is still the real Berlin muzzle. Together with the Ur-Berliner people of different cultures live in the centrally located district, which gives Wedding a particularly colourful mixture.

Wedding looks back on an eventful history. Until reunification, the Berlin Wall divided the district into two parts: on Bernauer Strasse, the fronts of the houses lay in the east, until they were later blown up, but the sidewalk was already in the west. During the years of division, the section of the wall in Wedding was again and again the scene of spectacular flights from the east. In 1962,57 Berliners managed to escape through the longest tunnel under the wall, 145 metres in length. Today, the German Partition Memorial with a 70-metre-long section of the wall and a documentation centre commemorates this part of history.

I. Central District
District: Wedding, Gesundbrunnen


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  • 1. Emmanuel (12-09-2018)

    I will like the article. Well detailed but I will advise you add pictures of these cities in your article. It makes it more real and interesting.

    • 2. JP (15-09-2018)


      Thanks, I’ll consider your advice!