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.
Aside from its lower prices and brilliant diversity, there are also a whole host of other reasons as to why Neukölln has become such an attractive place to so many people. Its vibrant urban buzz, endless street cafes, cool bars, markets and much more creates an incredibly unique and special environment.
In recent years the creative and lively atmosphere of the district of Neukölln is probably the main cause of its increasing popularity. As the current most in demand area in Berlin for the under-35 demographic, Neukölln is highly appealing to both local and international young professionals as the district gentrifies and attracts more investment. Additionally, with easy commuting distance to a host of universities, the recent growth of interest in this area amongst this demographic is highly unlikely to slow down.
The popularity of the area is reflected by the rapid rental growth, with Neukölln seeing the second highest rental growth of any district last year at 9.6%, a key indicator for future capital appreciation. This, along with the increasing capital growth levels in the district (as high as 20.3% in 2016), is primarily a consequence of some of the strongest levels of gentrification throughout the whole of Berlin. This can easily be recognised, for example, by the significant numbers of international eateries, hip bars and trendy cafes which have opened up in Neukölln in recent years, fuelling this growth in prices.
In addition to the many eateries, cafes and bars that Neukölln has to offer, the streets are also lined with artisan shops and independent businesses that have the classic bohemian Berlin aesthetic. If you are looking for things to do outdoors however, this urban borough also has plenty of green areas to explore too. Close at hand, for instance, is the vast expanse of Tempelhofer Feld. The former airport grounds offer endless possibilities for outdoor activities, including walking, bicycling, inline skating or just lounging on the grass, having a picnic and taking it easy. Other green areas in the vicinity include the grassy banks of the Spree River at Plänterwald and Treptower Park as well as the rolling parklands of Volkspark Hasenheide.
Like most of Berlin’s districts, easy public transport access to all parts of the city is available in Neukölln and is served by three operational sections of urban rail. There are numerous rail and underground (U-Bahn) stations as well as multiple bus lines running throughout the entire district. Alexanderplatz (city center) can be reached from Hermannplatz in Neukölln in just 11 minutes with the U-Bahn. As previously mentioned, Schönefeld Airport is also close by, and can be reached in 37 minutes from Hermannplatz or just 19 minutes from Rudow in the southernmost part of the district with the train.
City centre: Alexanderplatz can be reached in just 20 minutes via public transport.
Nearest airport: Schönefeld can be reached in just over 30 minutes and Tegel in 40 minutes.