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Schöneberg: Residential Areas & Infrastructure

Schöneberg is characterized by historical neighborhoods, good transport connections, and mixed residential areas.

Residential Areas

During the Second World War, the north and west of Schöneberg in particular were heavily destroyed. About a third of the entire housing stock was lost. Today, the residential buildings range from beautiful Wilhelminian and Art Nouveau old buildings to 1920s and 1950s buildings and social housing estates. A prominent example of the latter is the "Sozialpalast", a twelve-storey building on Pallasstraße where over 2000 people live in subsidized apartments.

Schöneberg is divided into several neighborhoods. The north around Tauentzienstraße and Kurfürstendamm is more turbulent and metropolitan. Central Schöneberg between Fuggerstraße and Goltzstraße/Akazienstraße is very lively and offers numerous shopping and nightlife options. The east of the district offers modest residential areas. The so-called "Red Island" has long since awoken from its slumber.

If you are looking for quieter and more elegant residential areas, the west and south of Schöneberg are just right. Here, as in Friedenau or the Bavarian Quarter, the quality of living is very high and the apartments are correspondingly expensive.


Schöneberg is located in the southwestern part of Berlin. It is close to the former center of West Berlin.

Public Transport

Three S-Bahn lines (Wannseebahn, Anhalter Bahn and Ringbahn) run along the eastern border of the district. Schöneberg is also served by three subway lines (U2, U4, U7). For those who prefer to travel above ground, there are numerous buses.

Long-Distance Travel and Traffic Axes

Since 2006, Schöneberg has even had a regional and long-distance railway station: the Berlin-Südkreuz station where the Hamburg-Berlin-Leipzig-Munich InterCityExpress trains stop, among others.

Those who prefer to travel by car can reach the city ring highway A100 via the feeder road from Innsbrucker Platz. Schöneberg is also connected to the A103 highway in southern direction at the Schöneberg motorway junction. The main roads of the district are the north-south axes Potsdamer Straße/ Hauptstraße/ Rheinstraße, and Martin-Luther-Straße/ Dominicusstraße/ Sachsendamm. From west to east there is Berliner Straße/ Grunewaldstraße, and Hohenzollerndamm/ Nachodstraße/ Hohenstaufenstraße/ Pallasstraße.

Last edited: 22 July 2021

Portrait of Schöneberg