Which districts in Berlin are the most livable? What kind of people usually live there? And what’s the best and worst characteristics about them. Find out in this video. When moving to Berlin, it’s difficult to choose the right area to move to, especially if you’re new to the city and or Germany. Berlin is a massive city with 12 major districts and even more sub-districts. It doesn’t always make sense just to move close to the new work place. 0:00 Intro Districts 0:54 Neukölln 3:19 Friedrichshain 5:13 Mitte 6:20 Charlottenburg 7:51 Schöneberg 8:46 Kreuzberg 10:09 Prenzlauer Berg 11:53 Other considerations
Where is the best place to live in Berlin?
Is it here?
Or here?
Definately not here.
The answer to that is not so easy
because it really depends on who You are
and what you’re looking for.
You really think that those 4 guys would become happy in the same district?
Didn’t think so.
After all, Berlin is a massive city, but that’s why I’m here.
After this video you will feel more local than someone who has lived here for years.
I’m going to which are the most important ones,
what kind of people usually live there
and what’s the best and worst about the district itself.
Let’s cut the crap and dive into it.
Berlin is divided into 12 major districts
and even more subdistricts,
but the only interesting ones are inside the Ring,
because nobody wants to live outside the Ring.
Let’s start with the district I live in,
Neukölln is the current runner-up of the city
it is getting more and more gentrified
but housing and other things are still relatively cheap.
It has a long standing middle eastern community
there’s plenty of fresh fruit stands and markets
middle eastern restaurants and shops.
It almost feels like being in Istanbul.
The district can be divided into 3 parts
the cool part
the shitty part
and the pretty part.
Yes, Neukölln has also some nice corners
especially around the Richardplatz.
In recent years there have been moving in a lot of students and hipsters
and there have been popping up more and more bars around.
I would even say that Neukölln has at this very moment the coolest bar scene in Berlin.
With the Weserstrasse being the heart of it.
It’s less touristy than the Simon-Dach Strasse and the drinks are much cheaper.
Neukölln is also the area with the highest amount of Hartz 4 Empänger in Germany.
That meaning people who are unemployed and receive government benefits.
Some bars even specialize on those people.
Statistics say it’s more than 1 in 4 people.
What’s also great is that the Tempelhofer Feld is right around the corner.
One of the biggest city parks in the entire world.
It used to be a major airport
and now it is a popular spot to have a BBQ or to let your dragon fly.
Neukölln is probably going to change a lot in the coming years.
Once gentrification is in the process it’s not going to stop.
The best thing about living in Neukölln in my opinion
is the amazing bar scene and also
having all those amazing fresh fruit stands around.
The worst is probably that even that Neukölln is a pretty safe space
there are a looot of weird people hanging around.
A little bit north of Neukölln is Friedrichshain.
Friedrichshain is one of the liveliest parts of Berlin
there’s countless shops, restaurants bars and clubs.
Although most things are happening in the bottom part.
In the upper part there’s not really much going on.
Friedrichshain has a very mixed population
it used to be a left wing hotspot with a lot of punks and anarchists living in it
but over the years it got super gentrified.
They have completely redone the district.
Today there’s only a few squat houses left
which they are defending with everything they have.
Occasionally they still burn some cars on the street.
Now it’s a mix of those punk remainers, families and actually a lot of expats, mostly from Europe.
Thanks to all the bars and clubs around, Friedrichshain has become a major hotspot for nightlife tourists.
With the Simon-Dach-Straße being THE tourist street in Berlin.
Right around the corner is also the RAW area
with its many clubs an being the graffiti and street art epicenter
it can be considered the coolest place in all Berlin.
The best thing about living in Friedrichshain is the insane amount of great restaurants and clubs you can choose from.
If you live here, you can always walk home.
But of course if you’re not into this kind of stuff
all the action can be pretty annoying.
Especially around the Simon Dach and Warschauer Strasse.
Also because it has become so touristy, prices for everything have been going up a lot.
It’s time for Mitte
The heart of the city.
I would love to live in Mitte.
That’s a sentence no Berliner would ever say.
It’s great to visit, but not for living.
Most sightseeing spots are here.
There’s the Brandenburger Gate
the Fernsehturm
the Dome
about 100 museums
and other countless historic sites.
Also not to forget, a lot of shopping malls.
Because of that it’s super crowded with tourists
and it makes eating out or meeting at a bar quite expensive.
If you got a job you’re most likely to work in Mitte,
most office spaces are located here.
The area around Torstrasse is also home to the Berlin startup scene
also known as Silicone Alley.
The best thing about living in Mitte is that it’s central,
it won’t take you long to go anywhere.
If you’re into historic sites and like to be around old impressive buildings
Mitte is your district.
In the far west there is Charlottenburg.
Charlottenburg has a lot of very wealthy people living in it
the average age of the population is also much higher.
There’s also a pretty big russian community living in this area
some people even call it Charlottengrad.
The most well known street here is Kurfürstendamm
with it’s many high end luxury shops around.
It’s mostly a posh area
food in restaurants costs significantly more than in other districts.
There’s also not many bars and almost no clubs around
even the Spätis seem missing.
But there are a lot of beautiful buildings.
Being in Charlottenburg feels very different,
it doesn’t feel like being in Berlin at all.
There’s not much going on, everything is pretty, buildings have no graffiti
and even people dress differently.
It has nothing in common with the cool and hip Berlin people know.
So i guess the best thing about Charlottenburg is that it’s quiet
and if you’re lucky enough to be rich
you can go shopping in all these expensive fancy shops
and get one of those super pretty apartments.
The worst thing about living here is that it’s boring
and if you want to go anywhere where something is happening
it’ll take you quite some time.
A little more south east is Schöneberg.
Schöneberg is a quite interesting district.
It can be divided into a quiet southern part and a active party like north.
The northern part is famous for Europe’s biggest department store
the KaDeWe
which is not for someone with a small budget.
But in the area are countless small designer shops as well.
Schöneberg has also probably the highest number of second hand shops in Berlin.
Not the kind of cheap i have no money second hand shops
but the kind of i go vintage hunting ones.
People call Schöneberg also the rainbow district,
it has a very big and active LGBT community.
There are a lot of gay bars and clubs around
and you can feel that flair on the streets.
If you’re part of this community, there couldn’t be a better district.
A little bit to the right, there is Kreuzberg.
It has a well established Turkish community,
but in the last 10 years, all kinds of alternative people have taken over.
Every creative, DJ or student wants to live here.
Kreuzberg can be divided into 2 areas:
The cool, young and hip part with a lot of nightlife
and the more family friendly part.
Both are divided by the Landwehrkanal,
which is a popular spot to hang out in summer.
Kreuzberg has by far the youngest population in Berlin
and you see that on the streets.
There’s always something going on.
There are countless bars clubs and restaurants.
And together with Friedrichshain they form the hippest and coolest part of Berlin.
It may even be to cool for its own good
because in recent years, prices for housing have been going up a lot.
Living in Kreuberg is not for everyone
but if you’re into alternative lifestyles and love the nightlife scene, it’s a a dream come true.
There’s only one spot one should avoid to move to
and that’s the Kottbusser Tor
which is always swarming with junkies
and not the friendly ones.
Next up we have in the far north
Prenzlauer Berg.
It can be divided into a quiet and not so pretty part
and a trendy and beautiful part.
P-Berg has a fascinating history
it was once the poorest district of the city
which was attracting a young bohemian crowd.
But those days of poor artists living on cheap rents in crumbling buildings are over.
Since the reunification the district hast transformed into a wealthy but still trendy area.
And the poor bohemians have been replaced by rich bohemians.
Today it looks more like Munich rather than Berlin
It’s clean, it’s pretty and it’s full of organic supermarkets and vegan restaurants.
When you’re walking down the streets, you see an insane amount of baby buggies.
It seems like everyone who wants to have children in Berlin is moving here.
Some people even call it the Latte- macchiato-mom-hood.
So most people here are young families
and people from the south of Germany like Swabians and Bavarians
because they’re generally wealthier and the y like it pretty,
feels just like at home for them.
Prenzlauer Berg is also hosting Berlin’s most popular flea market at Mauarpark.
If you didn’t know, Berliner love flea markets.
Every Sunday there are dozens of them all over the city.
Visiting a flea market on a Sunday is every Berliners favorite activity,
just after laying in bed with a hangover.
When deciding about where to live
it’s also important to keep in mind that you’re probably going to spend most of the time only in your district
and maybe the 2 or 3 surrounding ones.
Berlin’s districts are so unalike that they all feel like different cities.
There’s also not one big city center
but every district has their own small one.
Since Berlin is such a huge city, you’ll think twice about going to the other side of town
which will take you at least 45 minutes..
That’s also why it’s advice-able to live inside the Ringbahn
because public transport there is so good and accessible.
The only reason to move outside the ring is either because you’re low on cash
and you’re looking for affordable housing,
rents there are much cheaper,
or that you just like to live in the suburbs.
If you guys would like to know more about the districts outside the ring
ore more in depth videos about the already mentioned ones, let me know.
I hope this gave you a good overview over the city, if so
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and happy moving.
No one ever regretted moving to Berlin.