Oberschöneweide

Oberschöneweide

Formerly a center of the electrical industry, Oberschöneweide now attracts many students thanks to the HTW university campus. As a cultural location and affordable place to live, the neighborhood between the river Spree, Rummelsburg harbour and Wuhlheide forest is in high demand.

  • View from Peter Behrens Tower© dpa
    From the Peter Behrens Tower in Oberschöneweide, you get a view of the entire city, from Teufelsberg in the west to Köpenick in the east.
  • Oberschöneweide© Franziska Delenk
    Rathenaustraße
  • Oberschöneweide© Franziska Delenk
    HTW Campus Wilheminenhof
  • Oberschöneweide© Franziska Delenk
    Griechischer Park
  • Oberschöneweide© Franziska Delenk
    Kaisersteg
  • Oberschöneweide© Franziska Delenk
    Kaisersteg
  • Oberschöneweide© dpa
    Industrial building on the banks of the river Spree
In the 1910s, the electronic corporation AEG settled in Oberschöneweide and the district thus became an important center of the electrical industry and one of the most important industrial estates in Berlin. After the expropriation of the local businesses and their conversion into public property under Soviet occupation, the German reunification brought along the decline of Oberschöneweide as an industrial location. Now, the area is living a revival as an affordable location for young creatives.

Arts, Culture and Education in Oberschöneweide

The Reinbeckhallen, a former industrial warehouse complex, has become a popular artistic and cultural center. Other initiatives include the Wilheminenhof campus of the HTW University of Applied Sciences and the Kaisersteg, a rebuilt historic pedestrian bridge over the Spree to Niederschöneweide. Adjacent to it is a newly designed town square.

Between Spree and Wuhlheide

The district of Oberschöneweide occupies an island position, bordered by the river Spree and Wuhlheide forest. Its buildings date from different eras: industrial areas and old Gründerzeit buildings mingle with 1920s and 1930s housing estates and newer buildings from the 1960s and 1970s. The south of Oberschöneweide is home to many industrial areas while the northwest has allotment gardens. In the north and northeast of the distric lie the Wuhlheide forest with its public park and the FEZ, a center for leisure and recreation for families.

Mansions, Boathouses and Renovated Old Buildings

In the immediate vicinity of the industrial facilities, four-storey apartment buildings with rear buildings and side wings dominate the picture, while the apartment buildings at the district's edges were built more generously. On the eastern shore strip towards Köpenick one finds a few mansions, smaller factories and boathouses. North of Wilheminenhofstraße, many of the old buildings have already been renovated.

Last edited: 9. June 2021

Portrait of Köpenick