Berlin is internationally known for its urban dynamism, quality infrastructure, growing digital economy and booming tourism sector. The Berlin real estate market is characterized by a preference to rent, which makes long-term investments attractive for buyers. Berlin rental prices are generally lower than in other big German and European cities. The Berlin real estate market is attractive due to it safety, strong housing demand and attractive property prices. Berlin’s capital city is made have 12 districts. Each district is further divided into neighborhoods or localities, many of which have their own history and unique “Kiez” culture.

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The first capital district includes Mitte, Tiergarten, and Wedding. It is the historical center of Berlin, widely visible through the TV tower at Alexanderplatz. The city is known for its numerous attractions such as the Museum Island, the Brandenburg Gate and the Federal Chancellery, the largest seat of government in the world. The central location with its magnificent boulevards Friedrichstrasse, Karl-Marx-Allee and Unter den Linden, the numerous parks and excellent public transport links, the central train station, and Tegel Airport make Berlin-Mitte an attractive residential and business location.


The center of old West Berlin is on the rise. The Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church on Breitscheidplatz slowly disappears behind the new skyscrapers “Upper West and Zoofenster”, while the popular upper-middle-class residential districts on the outskirts of Ku’Damm and around Kantstrasse and Savignyplatz are being renovated according to “historically-listed” building regulations. Impressive new buildings have sprung up here between the greenery since 1990 and, with the Spreestadt between the Landwehrkanal and the Spree, a brand new neighborhood that follows on from the tradition of business and science in Charlottenburg.

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This district is full of interesting and old buildings. The “off-culture” is especially popular with young people from all over the world and the “old” Berlin scene goers. All make a pilgrimage to the party mile on the street Revaler, visit the small bars, trendy shops, and international restaurants or meet for barbecues, climbing or jogging in the Volkspark Friedrichshain. Beyond the Warschauer Bridge lies Kreuzberg with its clubs and impressive commercial buildings along the Spree. Popular residential areas are located around Oranienstraße and Bergmannstraße, which ends in Victoria Park. Kreuzberg is in Berlin’s highest inner city elevation.


The market for real estate in Neukölln is diverse: while the north is densely populated and is experiencing an upswing as a cultural and trendy district with many bars, cafés, and pubs, things are calmer in the south. In addition to condominiums, you will also find single-family homes, refurbished old buildings or unsanitized real estate for your own development. Shopping possibilities are plentiful: ranging from the Turkish market on Maybachufer over to the Neukölln Arcaden with its beautiful Klunkerkranich located on the roof. At present, Klunkerkranich, meaning ‘wattled crane,’ hosts many events, flea markets and concerts. If you are looking for green space, you can find it on the way to Tempelhofer Feld or the Volkspark Hasenheide.

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Here, in the northeast of Berlin, wealthy city dwellers built their summer residences in the green country-side landscape during the 19th century. In Pankow, Prenzlauer Berg and the Weißensee, for example, real estate has been created that astonishes visitors to this day. The renowned Kunsthochschule Weißensee also has its headquarters here, and meanwhile many studios and galleries have settled here. Pankow is characterized by many green areas with mature trees, the name of the district is derived from the small river Panke, which flows through the city and flows into the Spree.


In Lichtenberg, village life and big city, flair are combined with family-friendly living in the countryside. While in the north and north-east numerous apartments are still to be found in socialist prefabricated buildings, condominiums in the south-east have been modernized and newly built in recent years. In the south, there are villas between single-family homes, in the west luxury-refurbished old buildings and apartments dominate the cityscape. The historic village center and the Nöldner neighborhood are developing into new trend districts, while in the Rummelsburger Bucht, the dream of living on the waterfront, becomes a reality.

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Anyone who hears “Marzahn,” thinks of prefabricated buildings or of “Cindy.” Both the comedian and Marzahn-Hellersdorf have undergone a tremendous transformation in recent years. The large settlements from the 80s were largely renovated, modernized and landscaped. In general, the district is much greener than you think – the Kaulsdorf lakes are a popular destination. The International Garden Exhibition (IGA) “In the Gardens of the World” also took place from April to October 2017. Living in these “worker slab” buildings is still relatively cheap – currently, a cult is being built around the last GDR buildings.


With the Tegeler Forst and the Tegeler See, Reinickendorf is the district with the highest share of green space. In the north, single-family houses characterize the garden city of Frohnau, one of the locations of the IGA 2017. On the border with Pankow, you will find the Märkische Quarter, a long-standing example of satellite towns, today a well-maintained large housing estate with its own infrastructure including Walldorf school, connected directly to the Underground rail station U8. Next to Märkische Quarter is the original village of Lübars. Lübars is known for its old village church, surrounding leisure parks, and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site “White Town” from 1931.

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Spandau is Berlin’s green beauty in the west. The cultural center is the old town with the gothic St. Nicholas Church from the 14th century with its backdrop of the famous Christmas market held every year. Also, the Renaissance fortress Zitadelle Spandau has an excellent concert program. Even when it comes to housing, Spandau has much to offer: large estates such as the Falkenhagener field in the northwest, residential areas in the countryside in the villa areas Gatow and Kladow in the south along the Havel, lots of forest in the Spandau forest and chic apartments in the Spandau Water City.


The district in the southwest of Berlin has always been one of the most genuine and sophisticated residential areas. It includes the communities: Dahlem, Lichterfelde, Nikolassee, Schlachtensee, Wannsee and the eponymous district Steglitz and Zehlendorf. Wilhelminian style buildings and luxurious city villas characterize the townscape. The quality of life is high due to the green forests, many lakes, and excellent infrastructure. Zehlendorf is known for its family friendliness, Dahlem for its high academic and diplomatic density, Steglitz is considered to be middle-class and enjoys a solid reputation due to its excellent schools.

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Schöneberg is one of the most multifaceted of the inner-city districts: it offers stately Wilhelminian style buildings, a colorful neighborhood around Winterfeldtplatz and Akazienkiez. It is busy along the main street, and from the balcony of the local town hall John F. Kennedy referred to the city in June 1963 in his famous quote “I am a Berliner.” The adjoining Tempelhof with its many detached houses has also become a very popular residential area as a result of the transformation of the former airport grounds into a huge amusement park.


Treptow-Köpenick, with its numerous districts, is the largest district in Berlin and has attractive residential areas full of impressive old and clinker buildings, which are characterized by the immediate proximity to green resorts. In Köpenick there are the Great and the Small Müggelsee, the surrounding bike and hiking trails offer space for varied leisure activities. Among the sights of the district, Köpenick is next to the town hall, the Baroque castle on the Dahmeinsel. It now houses the oldest arts and crafts museum in Germany.

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