Neukölln

Neukölln

From problem district to trendy neighborhood: Neukölln offers spacious apartments in old buildings as well as lots of cafés, bars, and galleries. The new housing estates provide visual contrast.

  • Wohnen© dpa
    Orange, blue, yellow and green facade of a residential building in Berlin-Neukölln.
  • Neukölln© dpa
    Karl-Marx-Straße with the Neukölln city hall. Photo taken from a research zeppelin.
  • Tempelhofer Feld© dpa
    A young couple at the edge of the former airport Berlin-Tempelhof on Oderstaße in Neukölln.
  • Herbst in Neukölln© www.enrico-verworner.de
    Körnerpark
  • Altes böhmisches Viertel© dpa
    Old Bohemian quarter
  • Neukölln - Reuterkiez© Franziska Delenk
    Weserstraße
  • Neukölln - Schillerkiez© Franziska Delenk
    Schillerpromenade
  • Neukölln - Schillerkiez© Franziska Delenk
    Schillerpromenade
  • Neukölln - Schillerkiez© Franziska Delenk
    Warthestraße
  • Neukölln - Schillerkiez© Franziska Delenk
    Genezareth Church
  • Neukölln - Flughafenstraßenkiez© Franziska Delenk
    Boddinplatz
  • Neukölln - Rollbergviertel© Franziska Delenk
    Morusstraße
  • Neukölln - Rollbergviertel© Franziska Delenk
    Rollbergstraße
  • Neukölln - Rund um den Körnerpark© Franziska Delenk
    Wittmannsdorfer Straße
  • Neukölln - Rund um den Körnerpark© Franziska Delenk
    Nogatstraße
  • Neukölln - Böhmisch-Rixdorf© Franziska Delenk
    Kirchgasse
  • Neukölln - Rixdorf© Franziska Delenk
    Richardplatz
  • Neukölln - Rixdorf© Franziska Delenk
    Richardplatz
  • Neukölln - High-Deck-Siedlung© Franziska Delenk
    Sonnenallee
Hardly any other district has changed as much in recent years: formerly a problem area, Neukölln has become painfully hip and a tourist hotspot. Expats feel as comfortable here as students, families, and young and established creative types. However, the gentrification has also led to displacement of lots of the district's former residents.

Reuterkiez: Hip and Creative "Kreuzkölln"

The neighborhood Reuterkiez is located in the north of Neukölln and is bordered by Maybachufer, Sonnenallee, Wildenbruchstraße, and Kiehlufer. This neighborhood of old Wilhelminian buildings is one of the most densely populated areas in Berlin.

Reutierkiez offered very low rents and many vacant apartments for a long time, and as a result has attracted many new residents that have gradually transformed the former problem area into a trendy neighborhood. Cafés, bars, galleries, and trendy clothing stores can be found on almost every corner. More and more young people and artists are moving to the so-called "Kreuzkölln". As the name suggests, people here live right next to Kreuzberg, but at slightly lower rents.

Schillerkiez

The central street of the neighborhood Schillerkiez is Schillerpromenade. It features a park-like central strip that was once built for wealthy citizens. The neighborhood is bordered to the north by Columbiadamm, to the west by the site of the former Tempelhof Airport, to the south by the S-Bahn ring, and to the east by Hermannstraße.

In the 1920s, inexpensive workers' apartments designed by Bruno Taut were added to the old buildings from the turn of the century. Since Tempelhof Airport has been closed, the neighborhood has enjoyed increasing popularity. The neighborhood features a diverse social mix. Many hipsters and young families have moved here; on the streets you can hear people speaking Arabic and Turkish as well as English and Spanish. Restaurants, snack bars, and cafés are plentiful.

Boddinplatz and Neukölln Arcaden

The neighborhood around Flughafenstraße is a densely built up old building area with many art nouveau elements. It is bordered by Hermannstraße, Karl-Marx-Straße, and Boddinstraße. Boddinplatz is one of the green squares in the neighborhood, another being old churchyard of the St. Jacobi parish on Hermannstraße. You can shop in the Neukölln Arcaden mall or in one of the numerous second-hand furniture stores on Flughafenstraße.

Rollberg Housing Estate

The Rollberg housing estate (Rollbergviertel) is a traditional workers' housing area. In the 1960s, the entire old building stock around Rollbergstraße was demolished and replaced by new buildings. After that, few of the original residents returned. Today, the neighborhood has the character of a large housing estate and many of the apartments are social housing.

Architecturally, five octagonal buildings on Hermannstraße stand out. The octagons trace the perimeter block development that is characteristic for Berlin. All apartments have a room facing the respective courtyards, which are spacious and green.

Körnerkiez and Körnerpark

The neighborhood around Körnerpark is located between Karl-Marx-Straße, Hermannstraße, the S-Bahn ring, and Thomasstraße. This Wilhelminian style old building area has a relatively well-preserved historical building fabric.

The center of the neighborhood is the baroque Körnerpark. The park features an orangerie, water fountains, and flower gardens. It is located a few meters below street level and offers a green oasis in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Neukölln. In the summer, events take place here and families and tourists alike relax on the meadow around the fountain.

Rixdorf and Richardplatz

Böhmisch-Rixdorf and the neighborhood Richardplatz-South are located east of Karl-Marx-Allee. The area is bordered by Sonnenallee, Saalestraße, and the Ringbahn form the border. It features a listed historical Bohemian village around Kirchgasse. Its small houses and farmsteads with their cobbled courtyards and flowering gardens create an idyllic rural atmosphere.

Richardplatz is the cultural center of Neukölln. There are markets here on a regular basis, but also many festivals and a historical Christmas market. The smithy is still in use today. The Rixdorf village church, the residential building at Richardplatz 20, the Neukölln public baths, and the "Trinkhalle", which is used as a snack bar today, also bear witness to bygone times.

Weiße Siedlung near Sonnenallee

The Weiße Siedlung (White Settlement) on Dammweg consists of high-rise buildings from the 1970s of up to 18 storeys. These buildings are framed by older apartment blocks and terraced houses in the Bauhaus style as well as allotment gardens. The neighborhood is bordered by Dammweg, Sonnenallee, Aronsstraße, and Dieselstraße.

High-Deck Housing Estate with green inner courtyards

The High-Deck housing estate (High-Deck-Siedlung), also called the singers' quarter because of the street names, is located at the southern end of Sonnenallee. It was built between the 1970s and 80s as a social housing complex. The apartment blocks with their green inner courtyards are four to six stories high. The pedestrian bridges, the so-called high decks from which the housing estate gets its name, are a special architectural feature.

Last edited: 15. July 2021

Portrait of Neukölln