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Neighbourhoods in Berlin

Get to know the Berlin that locals know

Café Weyer at Ludwigkirchplatz in Berlin
Café Weyer at Ludwigkirchplatz © visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

Exploring the neighbourhood

Discovering Berlin 12 times over

One thing is clear: Berlin has many different faces. 
So you think you’ve discovered Berlin? Perhaps you’ve taken selfies in front of the Brandenburg Gate, been to see Nefertiti and enjoyed the view of the capital from the TV tower.
Then it’s time for a different side of Berlin: its twelve boroughs. Get out and explore the districts and neighbourhoods. Twelve different faces, different stories, undiscovered places and a side of the city you’ve never seen before – but still unmistakably Berlin! 

Our Going Local Berlin app is a great way to explore the city’s neighbourhoods.

Berlin TV Tower Twilight

Berlin Television Tower

An iconic symbol of Germany’s capital city
Built during the years of the GDR, the iconic TV Tower is now a symbol of the entire city. Enjoy the stunning panoramic views from the viewing platform!
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Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtnis-Kirche (Memorial Church)  in City West in Berlin

Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church

A memorial against war and destruction
The Gedächtniskirche on Kurfürstendamm is a church, a striking landmark and a memorial against war and destruction.
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Flugzeug in Tegel

Tegel airport (TXL)

Fast links into the city centre
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Flugzeug in Tegel abends

Schönefeld airport (SXF)

In the City Ost district in half an hour
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Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg Lichtenberg Marzahn-Hellersdorf Mitte Neukölln Pankow Reinickendorf Spandau Steglitz-Zehlendorf Tempelhof-Schöneberg Treptow-Köpenick
former course of the Wall

Reinickendorf? Treptow-Köpenick? Is that Berlin? Of course it is! The twelve boroughs of Berlin are what give the capital city its character.

The glorious variety of all the different boroughs has grown: every neighbourhood, known in Berlin as a Kiez, has been shaped by its own characteristic history – Charlottenburg in the west by the rich industrial pioneers of the 19th century, or Marzahn in the east with its typical East German socialist architecture. Berlin’s boroughs include old industrial areas that have become thriving cultural centres, as well as sleepy villages, busy markets and arcades, and endless green landscapes, rivers and bathing lakes. But above all it’s the people who live there that make each neighbourhood unique. Just sit in the sun outside the cafés and restaurants and immerse yourself in the world of Berlin’s local neighbourhoods, far from the hectic pace of the metropolis.     
Have you already seen all the main sights of Berlin? Experienced a piece of world history at the Berlin Wall or got an impression of what life was like under dictatorship in the GDR Museum? The twelve boroughs of Berlin tell the capital city’s story in more detail. In the local neighbourhoods you often stumble across remnants of history and authentic stories. You might be walking through a manor park and suddenly see a piece of the Berlin Wall, and not far away come across the rusting remains of the old border fortifications. And what you can see in the GDR Museum, you can hear about first hand if you go to the neighbourhoods: discover a flat with the original East German furnishings in a tower block in Hellersdorf. Or you can see the furnished offices of the East German leaders in a Baroque palace in Pankow. We have tourist tips for every borough in Berlin!

And one more thing before we start: are you looking for a detailed sightseeing programme? You won’t need one to explore Berlin’s districts. Just do whatever you want: wander through the side streets, take a look at the art scene or choose your favourite food from the huge range available in the city’s neighbourhoods.
Whether you want to climb the steps of a mediaeval tower or descend into Berlin’s underground world – get out to the districts and discover Berlin twelve times over!

You can find out more about they city’s neighbourhoods with our Going Local Berlin app.

 

Berlin's city centre

West Berlin

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