Areas to live in Berlin – A neighborhood guide

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Hackesche Hoefe, Berlin
Hackesche Hoefe, Berlin

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Berlin (Berlin vacation rentals | Berlin travel guide) is not only Germany’s capital but also the largest city in the country. Over 3.5 million residents live in 12 boroughs that are either characterized by art nouveau or contemporary buildings, large pre-fabricated high-rise complexes, a remote landscape or historic places of interest.

The borough of “Mitte” forms the capital’s center and embeds the most historic buildings and sights in the capital. If you live in this area in Berlin you can enjoy short walks to many restaurants, bars and shopping areas. Most of them are located around Friedrichstraße, Gendarmenmarkt, Oranienburger Straße, and Potsdamer Platz.

Besides, attractions like Unter den Linden, Brandenburg Gate, the museum island, the Opera, French, German, and Berlin cathedral, are around the corner amongst other places of interest.

The quarter of “Prenzlauer Berg” adjoins Mitte in the East and is one of the most popular and fashionable areas to live in Berlin. Old art nouveau buildings, small shops, restaurants, and bars characterize the quarter that is also one of Berlin’s nightlife hubs. It belongs to the large borough of “Pankow” whose Northern areas are very remote, while the ones in the East are known for pre-fabricated high-rise buildings built by the GDR as cheap living space in the 1980s. These buildings are called ‘Plattenbau’.

Other fashionable boroughs are “Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg” and “Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf” with many pubs, cafés, bars, and restaurants, shopping streets and art nouveau buildings.

The more remote areas to live in Berlin are the boroughs “Steglitz-Zehlendorf”, “Treptow-Köpenick”, “Reinickendorf” and “Spandau” with many recreation areas, like Grunewald forest in Zehlendorf, lake Mügelsee in Köpenick (Köpenick vacation rentals | Köpenick travel guide), Havel River, lake Wannsee in Spandau, many single-family homes and villas, and historic buildings like old town Spandau and its fortress (“Zitadelle”) or the hunting lodge in Zehlendorf.

In addition there is the borough “Marzahn-Hellersdorf” that is on one side a very remote residential area, on the other pre-dominated by fabricated high-rise buildings. This borough is adjoined by “Lichtenberg” that is characterized by “Plattenbauten” on one hand but garden plots, parks, villas and historic buildings on the other.

Two other boroughs are “Neukölln” and “Tempelhof-Schöneberg” in the city’s South that are very diverse and mainly characterized by art nouveau and apartment buildings, industrial areas but also many single family homes and open spaces the further south you are in these areas.



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This travel guide has been written by Patricia Eggers.

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