Berlin Guide

With around 3.7 million inhabitants, Berlin is the most populous and, at 892 square kilometers, also the largest city in Germany in terms of area. As a place to live, the German capital is more popular than ever. It is the most populous city in the EU. Berlin is one of the up-and-coming international centers for innovative start-ups and is considered a world city of culture, politics, media and science. Berlin's universities and research institutions, sporting events and museums enjoy an international reputation. Berlin's architecture, festivals, nightlife and diverse living conditions are known worldwide. Berlin and its districts are in a constant state of change. Each district stands for something different and all together make up this unique city. []


Otto Dix, Else Lasker-Schüler and Max Libermann…during the golden twenties one would have found artists, playwrights and politicians alike swanning around the iconic theatres, shops and cafes of West Berlin. Today this area is known as Charlottenburg, and is still reputed as one of the most affluent districts of the city. Set away from the creative hubs of East Berlin, it isn’t as popular with the young, hip Berliners and tourists, but that certainly helps it maintain it’s spruced up appearance and composed lifestyle. Luxury homes, including penthouses, mansions and townhouses which line the leafy green streets most certainly provide a stark contrast to many other corners of Berlin. → more


The former East German neighborhood has grown in popularity over the years, and its juxtaposition between DDR grandiosity and Berlin underground life has made it a unique and memorable part of Berlin real estate. Rolling down Karl Marx Allee, one is greeted with a 90 meter-wide and rather ostentatious street punctuated by Frankfurter Tor and the grand fountain in the middle of Strausberger Platz.  If you’re into German cinema, just a little bit down the road you’ll find the Karl Marx book store from the film Goodbye Lenin.→ more


Berlin-Grunewald, translated simply as ‘Berlin’s green forest’, is unsurprisingly abundant with greenery, nature and makes for an incredibly peaceful place to live. Due to their location, many properties in Grunewald come with some incredible features. For example, there are properties in incredibly quiet locations right on the shore of the Grunewald lake, and others with a balcony or large terrace with views of the surrounding countryside. While residing in Grunewald may feel as though you are living deep in beautiful tranquil German countryside, Grunewald will also fulfill any need to quickly reach the capital’s city center.→ more


Technically older than Berlin itself, Köpenick has a long, historic past, and as of 1920 has become the city’s biggest borough. Holding Berlin’s largest body of water, Müggelsee, and rich with forests and parks, Köpenick offers space and nature just on the eastern edge of the core of Berlin’s creative sector – Kreuzberg. Berlin’s beautiful and subdued southeast neighbourhood is a family-friendly, middle-class neighbourhood complete with an old town area for historical flair. → more


Once enclosed on three sides by the Berlin wall, Kreuzberg is now undoubtedly one of Berlin’s trendiest neighbourhoods and the most sought-after location for those who enjoy a lively lifestyle.

South of Mitte, the district boasts both the beautiful Paul-Linke and Maybach canals and is internationally known for its lively markets, relaxed cafés, trendy boutiques, excellent cocktail bars, popular night clubs, and many more recreational activities. The banks of the canals also provide many perfect spots to relax in the sun and take a break from the bustle of city life.→ more


Located in the far east of Berlin, Lichtenberg is a large suburb that is unique in Berlin and is gradually becoming an increasingly attractive and talked about district. Lichtenberg has much more to offer than it is often given credit for. Not only is it a safe and quiet district, but it is also filled with places of historical significance and natural beauty. → more

Berlin Marzahn-Hellersdorf

Marzahn-Hellersdorf, located in the east of Berlin, is a largely residential, working-class area that is very family-friendly, with many schools and nurseries. As the district is located towards the outskirts of Berlin, not only are rents generally cheaper and more affordable than in the city centre, but it is also very easy to get outdoors, edged by farmland and forest to the east. → more


Berlin Mitte is the capital’s most central district, and also one of the most diverse. So many of Berlin’s most iconic attractions lie within Mitte, including the Museum Island, the Berliner Dom, the TV Tower, Hackescher Markt, the historical Reichstag and many more famous sites, many of which run along the picturesque banks of the River Spree. Mitte is also known for its turbulent history as it is one of the two boroughs which are made up of both former West and East Berlin. One can experience this history by just walking along Mitte’s famous boulevard, Unter den Linden, which connects Alexanderplatz in the former East to the former West via Brandenburg Gate. → more


Neukölln is one of Berlin’s twelve boroughs and is located in the southeastern part of the city, close to Schönefeld Airport. It is an increasingly fashionable part of the city, with people from across the globe flocking to the area in recent years to live the Berlin lifestyle in one its most hip neighbourhoods. It’s an area characterised by migration and diversity- Neukölln is known for its large Turkish, Arab and Kurdish communities, which together make up roughly 18% of the borough’s population. Much more recently there has also been an influx of students, creatives and other young professionals of mostly Western origin, attracted to the lower rents and property prices. Despite Berlin’s ever-increasing real estate price increases, there are still many opportunities to snap up a great bargain in Neukölln. → more


Now technically part of Prenzlauer Berg, Pankow itself gets a bit less attention than its mothering neighbour, but as the most populace Berlin borough, Pankow has its own vibe, too. At the northern end of Berlin, Pankow was once split by the wall between East and West, but the area now provides a quieter neighbourhood that’s slowly growing. The area has staved off gentrification, but as Berlin grows in popularity, Pankow is getting more attention and becoming a larger spot on the real estate radar.→ more

Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg

A bit run-down in the past, today a top address: Prenzlauer Berg offers one of the largest contiguous areas of old buildings from the Wilhelminian period in Berlin, party miles with trendy bars, boutiques, cafés, restaurants and clubs - and the area with the most children in the city. Picturesque streets, top sights such as the Zeiss Planetarium or the Mauerpark and joy of life at every location - that's what Prenzlauer Berg stands for. Whether it's a  one-room flat, a detached house or a loft - our real estate agents will certainly be able to find you your dream property here. more


Reinickendorf, situated in the ‘green north-west’ of Berlin between Wedding and Pankow, is popular for its mix of residential and commercial buildings, establishing a great balance between relaxed housing and vibrant street corners. As well as being home to a plentiful selection of shops, supermarkets and restaurants, the area is particularly popular with those who enjoy nature and the outdoors, with an abundance of green spaces in the district. With almost one quarter of the suburb consisting of forests, parks and water beds, including Schaefer lake, Schiller Park, Statepark Rehberge, as well as the Tegler lake, there are plenty of green retreats through which to escape the urban landscape. → more


With an eclectic mix of buzzing bars and parks, as well as many quieter residential streets, the district of Schöneberg is an area that many would describe as typically ‘Berlin’. The district is south-west of the city centre and has been made popular for its diverse mixture of residents including a variety of artists, craftspeople and musicians. Schöneberg famously holds the childhood home of German singer Marlene Dietrich, and has been home to David Bowie and Albert Einstein, amongst others. Within the district one can also find the town hall where John F. Kennedy delivered his infamous ‘Ich bin ein Berliner’ speech. → more


Berlin near Spandau - or was it the other way round? Spandau is a little older than Berlin and the rents are a little more affordable. The enchanting old town, the Spandauer Arcaden, Ikea, various DIY stores and the famous Spandau Christmas market attract many people. From new and old buildings to upscale flats and single-family homes - if you're looking for a property in Spandau, you'll find it. more


A fine neighbourhood, but also big city life. The district consists of parks, villas, old buildings or post-war buildings and one of Berlin's largest shopping streets, it is both: green and central: Steglitz is a colourful mixture between city and countryside, a place of relaxation and tranquillity in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Berlin. more


Tempelhof is best known for its close proximity to Berlin’s famous Airport-turned-recreational park, Tempelhofer Feld, now listed as a historic monument. You can now walk the entire length of the main runway that was the venue for the Berlin Airlift that broke the blockade of West Berlin by Russian forces after the end of World War II. The huge park now is the perfect spot for jogging and playing sport, having a picnic with family and friends, or playing a casual game of Frisbee and today the runway hosts local kite landboarders rather than aircraft. → more


Berlin Westend, located in the affluent and elegant district of Charlottenburg, is actually where you will find our office in Berlin. Before it became Black Label’s home however, in 1866, the areas surrounding Charlottenburg palace were developed into a residential locality for the Berlin bourgeoisie, and as a result it was named ‘Westend’ after the similarly affluent area of London. It was originally planned to be the city’s artists’ colony, with the intention to build only traditional style villas, ensuring ample living space for the wealthy and established residents to roam around in.→ more


Wilmersdorf, considered one of the greenest districts in the capital, is centrally located in Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf in West-Berlin. As it is in the immediate vicinity of the Grunewald, a forest area of ​​about 3000 hectares, many nature lovers move to Wilmersdorf so that they can enjoy city life as well as be able to retreat into the quiet forest area. There are also many apartments and houses with gardens in this district, something that people who live in areas such as Mitte and Prenzlauer Berg can’t usually enjoy. → more


A district steeped in history, a place for science and research and at the same time an idyllic residential area, ornated with parks, trees and a chain of lakes including Krumme Lanke, Schlachtensee and Wannsee. Thanks to the good U-Bahn and S-Bahn connections, many Berliners make a pilgrimage here in summer for a walk and a swim. Zehlendorf is one of the most sought-after residential areas, rather exclusive and highly priced. more