Schöneberg

Schöneberg

Schöneberg is synonymous with diversity. Depending on the neighborhood, the district is lively or quiet, bourgeois or alternative, cheap or expensive.

  • Schöneberg - Akazienkiez© Franziska Delenk
    Grunewaldstraße / Akazienstraße
  • Schöneberg Nord© Franziska Delenk
    Wittenbergplatz
  • KaDeWe© dpa
    KaDeWe
  • Schöneberg - Rund um den Winterfeldtplatz© Franziska Delenk
    Habsburger Straße
  • Schöneberg - Akazienkiez© Franziska Delenk
    Akazienkiez
  • Berlin-Schöneberg© dpa
    The gasometer towers on the main street of Schöneberg.
  • Schöneberg Ost© Franziska Delenk
    Pallas Building, the so-called "Sozialpalast".
  • Schöneberg Ost - Rote Insel© Franziska Delenk
    Queen Luise Memorial Church
  • Schöneberg - Rund um den Viktoria-Luise-Platz© Franziska Delenk
    Viktoria-Luise-Platz
  • Schöneberg - Rund um den Viktoria-Luise-Platz© Franziska Delenk
    Viktoria-Luise-Platz
  • Schöneberg - Bayrisches Viertel© Franziska Delenk
    Rathaus Schöneberg underground station
  • Schöneberg City Hall© dpa
    Schöneberg City Hall
Schöneberg is one of the Berlin's most diverse districts. In the north, around Wittenbergplatz, life is bustling. In the south, nature is the main attraction. In between are some of the city's most popular residential quarters.

Wittenbergplatz, Tauentzien, and KaDeWe

The north of Schöneberg is turbulent and metropolitan. However, the area around the luxury department store KaDeWe and Wittenbergplatz, which is criss-crossed by Tauentzienstraße, is more of a shopping mile than a residential area. There are certainly some apartments, but the exclusivity of the neighborhood is reflected in prohibitively high rents and buying prices.

Viktoria-Luise-Platz and Bavarian Quarter

Elegant houses, a variety of nightlife options, and well-kept parks characterize the west of Schöneberg. The area around Viktoria-Luise-Platz offers a high quality of life with well-renovated and correspondingly expensive old buildings. Bustling restaurants and cafés enliven this otherwise quiet neighborhood in the evenings. The square itself is a garden monument with green spaces, a colonnade, and a fountain in the middle. Some of the buildings around the square have imposing Art Nouveau facades.

The Bayerisches Viertel (Bavarian Quarter) to the south stretches between Hohenstaufenstraße and Badenscher Straße around Bayerischer Platz. The elegant original buildings in the southern German Renaissance style were heavily destroyed during the Second World War. Most of them were later rebuilt in the typical architectural style of the 1950s. Some buildings have been rebuilt and have regained their historic façade decoration in recent years.

Rudolph Wilde Park, Schöneberg City Hall, and Ceciliengärten

From Bayerischer Platz, Innsbrucker Straße leads to Rudolph-Wilde-Park. At the northeastern end lies the imposing Schöneberg City Hall, which still operates a functioning paternoster. The statue of the Golden Stag in the park is a popular background photo motif for couples that just married in the city hall.

To the west of the subway line, which visually divides the park, is the duck pond. The green ribbon extends all the way to the A100 city motorway. To the south is a housing estate from the 1920s called Ceciliengärten. Its buildings are listed as historical monuments and were completely restored in the 1980s. Some of the houses have playful facades in Art Deco style and lush courtyard gardens.

Nollendorfplatz, Winterfeldtplatz, and Akazienkiez

The neighborhoods Nollendorfkiez, Winterfeldtkiez, and Akazienkiez are located in the east of Schöneberg. The area around Nollendorfplatz, Motzstraße and Fuggerstraße is the epicenter of Berlin's LGBTQ scene - and has been for a long time. The area was already considered a gay quarter in the 1920s. There are many bars, cafés, hotels and shops here catering primarily to homosexual patrons. Once a year, the Lesbian and Gay City Festival takes place here.

The largest weekly market in Berlin is held on Winterfeldtplatz. The square also offers numerous bars, restaurants and cafés. The surrounding area also has a lively and diverse bar and restaurant scene. The offerings extend further along Goltzstraße and Akazienstraße and into the side streets. Small shops selling clothing, flowers, gifts, and furnishings can also be found in the Akazienkiez.

Potsdamer Straße and Kielgan Quarter

The area further east - around Kurfürstenstraße, Potsdamer Straße, and Bülowstraße - still has an image problem. A section of Potsdamer Straße has been an area known city-wide for prostitution since the 1960s. In addition to cheap shops and snack bars, galleries and cafés have also moved in towards the east. Between grey new buildings are some well-kept old buildings with stucco and high ceilings.

The Kielgan Quarter to the west was originally an area of city villas with small streets that stretched all the way to Winterfeldtplatz. Only a few of the original buildings remain, including the Croatian Embassy on Ahornstraße.

Red Island, Nature Park Südgelände, and Insulaner

The so-called "Rote Insel" (Red Island) in the east of Schöneberg is enclosed by railway lines. The name comes from the leftist political orientation of its former working-class population. Here, you will find mostly old buildings from the period between 1880 and 1918, which are now in demand among well-to-do families. The Schöneberg Gasometer, which is now an event location and the landmark of the Euref campus, is also located here.

South of the Red Island, beyond Sachsendamm and the motorway, the area gets progressively more green. Along the railway line are several allotment garden colonies, the Nature Park Südgelände, and the Insulaner, a moutain of rubble with a surrounding park featuring a planetarium and observatory as well as walking paths, a public pool, and a playground. A little further east, the Eythstraße cemetery also invites you to take a walk. Here, just like on the neighbouring Alboinplatz, remains of the last ice age can be seen: both places feature ponds that are actually dead ice holes.

Also located in the far south-east of Schöneberg,
the Lindenhof is a cooperative housing development from the 1920s. The ensemble of buildings is a listed monument. A bridge leads over the Lindenhof lake, which is also an ice-age pond with willows standing on its shore.

Last edited: 22. July 2021

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