Friedenau is a quiet, middle-class, central residential area with villas, buildings from the Wilhelminian period, and spacious squares.
Friedenau is still considered the home of the educated middle class. Many writers, artists, and professors lived and still live here. Among the best known former residents were the authors Erich Kästner, Günter Grass, and Hertha Müller.
Friedenau as a Place for Artists
As an oasis in the big city, it is not surprising that the neighborhood has become an idyll for creative types. Apartments here are large, the building facades are magnificent, and the villas have pretty front gardens. Most of the houses here date from the early 20th century and are listed buildings. Even though Friedenau is now interspersed with more modest and unadorned apartment buildings, its special flair - especially around the poetry mile Niedstraße - has been preserved.
These days, Friedenau is changing. By 2023, around 1,500 apartments are to be built on the site of the former Wilmersdorf freight station at the Innsbrucker Platz S-Bahn station. Retail, gastronomy, and office spaces are also planned.
The main street Rheinstraße, which is primarily a shopping mile, and the central Friedrich-Wilhelm-Platz are joined by many small and sometimes narrow residential streets with front gardens and trees. A special feature is the horseshoe-shaped division of streets, making them have an interconnecting structure. The most striking building in the neighborhood is the Church of the Good Shepherd, which stands at the southern end of Friedrich-Wilhelm-Platz. The neo-Gothic building boasts a 70-metre-high tower and is visible from afar.
Emperor's Oak Tree
The so-called Emperor's Oak (Kaisereiche) standing at the busy intersection of Rheinstraße and Saarstraße was originally planted in 1879 for the occasion of the golden wedding anniversary of Emperor Wilhelm I and his wife Augusta. The tree was replanted in 1883 and is protected as a natural monument.
Last edited: 22. July 2021