Neukölln - the lively and diverse district in Berlin
Neukölln has long been the talk of the town as trendy borough and creative media hot spot. But it has so much more to offer. Few other boroughs of Berlin are characterised by so many charming contrasts. As you travel the length of the borough from north to south, multicultural neighbourhoods will give way to the tower blocks of Gropiusstadt before you reach the detached single-family homes of Rudow on the southern city limits. Each of the borough’s five districts has its distinct character. While this alone explains the diversity of Neukölln, other factors include the proximity to the district of Kreuzberg in the north and to the state of Brandenburg in the south.
You will find the bustling life of northern Neukölln in the parklands of Hasenheide, the great outdoors of Tempelhofer Feld, the bohemian Schillerkiez neighbourhood and the flea market on Herrfurthplatz on Saturdays. Cultural options here include the Rollberg-Kino cinema, the Kindl-Zentrum contemporary art centre, the concert venue Huxleys Neue Welt and the opera house Neuköllner Oper. The most traditional and quaintest part of the borough is Richardplatz, a square lined with boutique stores, cafés and the old black smith shop of the former village of Rixdorf. Just a stone’s throw away runs Sonnenallee, an artery teeming with urban life all the way to Hermannplatz. Going south the opposite way, it will take you to entirely different, tranquil parts of town, defined by housing estates, allotments and the stunning landscapes of Britzer Garten.
Diversified, Young and International
Diversity, for sure—but what does that actually mean? In Neukölln, it means primarily an international flair in all walks of life and in each of its neighbourhoods—not least in a culinary and cultural sense. From the Korean takeaway shop to the classic Italian pizza parlour and all the way to the Asian restaurant, Neukölln will fill the bill of any gourmet. For culture buffs, the two-day festival of art and culture is a perfect opportunity to check our galleries and shows, while the Heimathafen Neukölln is one of the best venues to enjoy plays, concerts or live comedy of every sort.
If that is not enough, take advantage of two underground lines and several rapid transit lines or the expressway junction to go downtown or head out into the country. Indeed, the convenient transport links and the steadily evolving infrastructure of the borough represent yet another reason for making Neukölln your home. Add to this the many green spaces and parks that dot the borough, giving you a chance to slow down from fast-paced city life and to engage in outdoor activities, especially during the summer months. For the enterprising type, the public outdoor swimming pool is the place of choice, while art and architecture aficionados will enjoy the Britz manor house and palace and the protected Hufeisensiedlung housing estate.
Especially the northern part of Neukölln counts among the youngest districts of Berlin with its age average of around 38 years, and it is synonymous with diversity and joie de vivre. You will succumb to it before you know it. And once here, chances are you will never want to leave again.