Schöneberg is a densely built-up inner-city district and neighbours Tiergarten and Kreuzberg as well as Charlottenburg and Wilmersdorf. The Potsdamer Straße, the Hauptstraße and the Akazienkiez can be found here with galleries, turkish restaurants and families strolling through the extensive Schöneberger Südgelände. World famous is the huge department store of the West, the KADEWE, which attracts demanding shoppers.
The area around Nolllendorfplatz is also known as the Gay Village, from Fuggerstraße and Motzstraße to Maaßenstraße there are many attractions for the gay and lesbian community. In the colourful cafés, fancy restaurants, boutiques and clubs gays, lesbians and curious visitors from all over the world meet. The annual „Stadtfest“ around Nollendorfplatz is a highlight for all residents.
As a resident of Berlin Schöneberg there is much to see. The famous and historic Wittenbergplatz connects Schöneberg with Kreuzberg and was built in 1889. Here the Kleiststrasse becomes the Tauentzienstrasse and merges into the Kurfürstendamm.
The Rathaus Schöneberg was the seat of the governing mayor until 1991 and was built in 1914. Kennedy said the famous words „Ich bin ein Berliner“ and the Rathaus is a well-known symbol of Berlin’s desire for freedom.
The Gasometer in Schöneberg, which is one of Berlin’s most impressive vantage points, is a viewpoint. 80 meters above the ground there is a great view over Schöneberg and the neighboring districts.
The Kurfürstendamm, or Ku’damm for short, is the figurehead for shopping and offers exclusive department stores such as the world-famous KADEWE and many fashion stores. On 3.5 kilometres visitors will find everything from fashion chains to unusual boutiques, for every budget and taste.
Those who like it one size smaller will find a cosy neighbourhood with old-established shops and individual boutiques in Akazienstraße between Grunewaldstraße and Hauptstraße. If you are looking for souvenirs or want to afford something special as a resident of Schöneberg, you are well advised to visit the wine shops, delicatessens or furniture stores here. There are also many other shops here that the visitor can discover a little off the beaten track.
Those who live in Schöneberg can continue their scientific education in the Urania. Here you will find current research results and a dialogue between science and the public. Those interested in medicine, history, politics and other topics should take a look at the current programme.
The Urban Nation Museum is a freer and more artistic place. An innovative museum was built in a converted Wilhelminian style building in Bülowstraße, where the surfaces of the building and the unusual architecture are the actual works of art.
For many generations, the recipes for Greek classics have been handed down in the Taverna Ousia on Bayerischer Platz. If you love Bifteki and Souvlaki, you will also find many small so-called mezedes, tasty culinary delights.
Fancy Chinese cuisine in Schöneberg? The restaurant Da Jia Le has Mongolian, Russian, Japanese and Korean influences and with the very varied menu there is something for every taste.
Authentic Italy can be found in the Osteria Ribaltone, a small but fine restaurant on Viktoria-Luise-Platz. Always well attended, a traditional cuisine awaits the visitor in the family restaurant. Calamaretti on lentils, pasta, fish or meat, here everything is highly recommendable.
The Natur-Park Schöneberger Südgelände is a jungle-like forest, best suited for long walks. It is located on the former Tempelhof marshalling yard. In the middle of the big city the visitors find a natural oasis.
The Park Insulaner in Schöneberg lies on the border to the district of Steglitz and used to be a mountain of ruins. The mountain was raised on 13 hectares of hills. There is also a summer swimming pool, an observatory and many playgrounds for children, and also a large sunbathing lawn and 4 km of hiking trails.
The Kleistpark in Schöneberg, actually Heinrich-von-Kleist-Park, is a park in the north of Schöneberg between Potsdamerstraße and Elßholzstraße, is also worth seeing.
TIME TO RELAX
On weekends, a trip to Winterfeldplatz in Schöneberg is worthwhile. The square is particularly lively with its cafés, restaurants and pubs. On Saturday one of the most famous weekly markets takes place here and there is a very special atmosphere. Organic vegetables, flowers, household items and clothing are offered to the diverse public.
If you need some relaxation afterwards, you can float in the Tranxx Floating Pool in the Akazienstraße in the 35 degree warm salt water. There are also Ayurvedic full body massages offered or enjoy the Hawaiian Lomi Lomi Nui massage for complete relaxation.