Berlin Schöneberg

Area-Guide: Berlin-Schöneberg

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.


In the west of the district is the Bavarian Quarter, which was built in the years before the First World War. In its original state, elegant facades in southern German Renaissance style dominated the district, whose streets are named after Bavarian cities. The Bavarian quarter was heavily damaged during World War II and has been rebuilt mostly in the typical architectural style of the 1950s.


As well as being a hub for creative-types, the varying neighbourhoods of Schöneberg are also a fantastic place for young families. There is a good selection of schools and nurseries, and the nearby Volkspark provides the perfect green space for exercise and relaxation. There are also plenty of shopping options close by, including a range of supermarkets and chemists, as well as a cinema complex and many cafés, restaurants and bars.


With quick and easy public transport connections one can reach the city centre in just 15 minutes. Additionally the district lies between the famous KaDeWe (Shopping Centre of the West) and Potsdamer Platz and these can easily be reached by public transport. A few hundred meters north and you’ll find the peaceful Landwehr canal which is just behind the diplomatic quarter where there are many embassies and important political establishments.