Multicultural, rustic and steeped in history
Tempelhof is a modern, big-city residential and industrial district with more than 20,000 commercial businesses, among them a number of well-known international corporations. Schöneberg, on the other hand, is a centre for the services industry with a colourful and diverse range of institutions. The KaDeWe department store is internationally recognised as a shoppers' paradise. Altogether, this is a lively district offering a combination of urban life and idyllic surroundings with many seemingly contrasting facets.
"Ich bin ein Berliner" - the famous words uttered by John F. Kennedy when he visited the divided capital city - and he did so at Schöneberg town hall. For visitors to Tempelhof-Schöneberg, the journey into Germany's past begins here, taking them right through the district and various eras, from the airlift and 'raisin bombers' at Tempelhof airport to the site of the former Sportpalast. Marlene Dietrich, the Comedian Harmonists, David Bowie, Günter Grass, Billy Wilder, Erich Kästner: they all felt at home here.
And it's no wonder, as Tempelhof-Schöneberg certainly offers plenty of choice and variety. It is colourful and multicultural, combining a gay/lesbian scene with traditional life, greenery and history. Experience it for yourself - take a journey of discovery to the historical industrial areas or visit Mariendorf trotting course. Alternatively, you can enjoy the entertainment on offer at the UFA-Fabrik, look through a telescope at the Sternwarte am Insulaner observatory, or go on a tour of Europe's largest continuous building at Tempelhof airport or the places of remembrance in the former Jewish district around Bayerischer Platz.
Strolling past the district's countless restaurants, bars, cafés and clubs takes you back through 150 years of modern tradition. Back in the mid-19th century, the people of Berlin came to Schöneberg to dance and party. The gay and lesbian district around Nollendorfplatz was a popular meeting place back in the roaring 1920s with its hip establishments.
Going out, cultural scene
In addition to the buzzing trendy district, the UFA-Fabrik has been a centre of art and culture for 30 years. There's plenty of nightlife on offer at the Amber Suite and Goya club.
The Urania observatory has been a centre of scientific and artistic ideas since 1888, while the 'Kleines Theater' provides an impressive stage for plays.
At the Wilhelm-Foerster observatory and planetarium (am Insulaner), you can discover daily new facts and pieces of wisdom about our universe. You can also enjoy 'audio cinema under the stars', concerts and much, much more.
From blading along the 1.2-km stretch of historical railway line at the Hans-Balluschek-Park in Schöneberg's Südgelände nature reserve to playing hockey with like-minded individuals on Winterfeldtplatz square, and from watching the racing at the Mariendorf trotting course, learning salsa at the HavannaClub, climbing up Insulaner hill or simply taking a stroll in one of the many parks and green spaces – there's something here to suit every taste. The Sultan Hamam is the largest Turkish bath in Germany offering relaxation for body and soul in the style of the Arabian Nights.
In addition to the KaDeWe department store on Tauentzien, the largest store in mainland Europe, there are also plenty of shops to look around at Akazienstrasse and Winterfeldtmarkt. The district's latest attraction is the 'Tempelhofer Hafen': the only shopping centre in Berlin with direct access to the water.
Europe's largest gay and lesbian festival in the traditional gay district around Nollendorfplatz square in Schöneberg kicks off Gay Pride Week. Attracting hundreds of thousands every year, the festival celebrates tolerance and an active coming together of people, and is one of the highlights of Berlin's cultural scene.
Schöneberg pumpkin festival
The traditional Schöneberg pumpkin festival attracts visitors every year in October with all kinds of events and activities relating to the pumpkin at Apostel-Paulus-Kirche church, and on Akazienstrasse and Grunewaldstrasse.
The Christmas markets on Bahnhofstrasse, Wittenbergplatz square and the non-commercial 'Lichtenrader Lichtermarkt' attract visitors every year.
Berlin Tempelhof Airport
Berlin Tempelhof Airport, opened for scheduled air flights in 1923, was among the very first airports in Germany. Tempelhof Airport was one of three airports in the Berlin area but ceased operating on 30 October 2008. The old Templehof airport is the largest continuous complex of buildings in Europe. Its future use has not yet been decided.
Rathaus Schöneberg – the town hall – dates from 1914. From 1949 to 1991, it was the office of Berlin's Governing Mayor. During the years of Berlin's division, it witnessed some key events in the city's history. This was where the USA presented a Liberty Bell to Berlin in 1950 and John F. Kennedy gave his famous "Ich bin ein Berliner" speech in 1963.
The Alte St.-Matthäus-Kirchhof cemetery was established in 1856 and is located between Großgörschenstrasse and Monumentenstrasse in Schöneberg.The prominent figures buried here include the Brothers Grimm and Rudolf Virchow.
Naturpark Schöneberger Südgelände
The Nature Park Schöneberger Südgelände has a fascinating mix of modern art and old railway installations where nature has been left to run wild. The former shunting yard in Berlin-Tempehof has been transformed into a unique green landscape with relics from the steam age. After the shunting yard was closed, an area of 18 hectares was slowly left to return to nature.
Hans Wurst Nachfahren
Founded in 1981, the HANS WURST NACHFAHREN professional puppet theatre is one of the most active in Berlin. The puppet theatre is open all year and has an extensive programme including fairy stories, own plays on current topics, literary adaptations, and evening shows for adults. The theatre works with all kinds of puppet techniques.
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