All you need to know about Berlin Neighborhoods

Bryony

Updated on Mar 07 • 18 minute read

Thinking about living in the neighborhoods of Berlin? You're in for a real treat. Berlin can be hip or historic, with the energy of a bustling metropolis, always on the brink of something extraordinary. Fortunately, Berlin’s neighborhoods also model this range of personality, offering residential areas that can be trendy, artistic and extremely welcoming to the ever-growing expat community. If you want to feel truly alive, Berlin’s districts definitely offers an inspiring backdrop!

There are one or two things you should know before moving to Berlin. Berlin’s neighborhoods supply truly appealing options for your new base; however, it’s very important to understand the residents, communities and amenities that each of the 12 basic neighborhoods provides, so that you can make the most informed decision. You won’t want to find yourself in a quiet suburb, when you’re dying to be in the middle of things, or surrounded by history when you want a more modern locale.

We've picked out five criteria by which we'll route you through the 12 districts of Berlin:

  • Work-Life-Balance (What are the job prospects and places to spend your free time?)
  • Safety (How safe is the neighborhood?)
  • Rental prices (What are the rental prices for private rooms/ apartments?)
  • Infrastructure (How well connected is the neighbourhood within Berlin?)
  • Suitable Tenants (For whom is this neighbourhood suitable for living?)

Now, let’s take a look at Berlin’s exciting neighborhoods, so you can begin your search to find a room in Berlin!

Mitte

Mitte is the historic center of Berlin, and made up of both the East and West districts. However, its modern history is also very interesting, and it’s a prime example of how Berlin is in a flux of constant change.

Work-Life-Balance

In Mitte, you’ll find important sites such as the Berlin Hauptbahnhof, the Brandenburg Gate, the Jewish Memorial and Potsdamer Platz, along with a host of the Museum Island and innovative galleries. There’s always something to see and do, that’s for sure!

If you’re in Berlin for a semester to broaden your horizons, Mitte also boasts the impressive Humboldt University. This means that you’ll find a great student crowd and nightlife scene in this neighborhood as well.

But when you’re coming to Berlin to begin your professional career, you’ll find that opportunities are abundant, especially within Berlin's startup scene. The area around Torstrasse is so full of tech industries that it’s called Silicon Allee, and it’s also home to recognizable names like Volkswagen and Microsoft.

Safety

Where tourists romp through one attraction after the other and the shopping options range from hip boutiques to high-end shops, pickpockets and shoplifters are usually not far behind. As a true "pickpocket's paradise", Berlin Mitte leads the crime statistics with a frequency of around 27,000 crimes per 100,000 inhabitants.

However, if you look beyond the thieves' noses, Berlin Mitte yet remains one of the safer neighborhoods.

Rental Prices

Due to its “center of it all” location to central station or the museums islands, rent prices may be a little higher here than in some outer-lying areas.

Tenants in Berlin Mitte spend around €509 on a private room; its proximity puts Mitte in the upper range of rental prices in Berlin. For apartments, international tenants have to budget for about €989 per month, which is only slightly above average compared to the other districts of the city.

Type of accommodationRental price
Room€509
Apartment€989

Infrastructure

Transportation options are plentiful, and many people simply buy or rent a bike to get them from A to B.

Suitable Tenants

Berlin Mitte offers the ultimate spot for entrepreneurs in the tech scene. Students have the proximity to the university and expats can find a career in Silicon Allee. Especially for expats with a family, Berlin Mitte features an ideal weekend plan with its museums.

Neukölln

Offering a sometimes quirky, alternative lifestyle, this neighborhood definitely appeals to young people. A portion of the area was once an airport until a little over 10 years ago, and now it has been transformed into a trendy place to live and work.

You’ll find a large number of Turkish people who live there and, of course, the amazing Turkish bars you can find on each street. Until a few years ago, rental prices in Neukölln were extremely low and even today - despite the trend upswing - are still below Charlottenburg rental prices.

Safety

Neukölln has only recently become a trendy district; however, this doesn't automatically wipe away entrenched issues like criminality or poverty in the district. The crime statistics show that Neukölln is still the fourth most unsafe district in Berlin, where child and youth crime is a serious concern.

Within the area of Hermanplatz and Hermanstrasse it remains a hot spot where the police presence continues to be high.

Infrastructure

It offers easy connections across the city, and while the pricing has risen in recent years, it still offers many benefits.

Work-Life-Balance

With its chilled vibe and variety of vegan eateries, vintage shops and markets, this is definitely where the cool kids hang out. Many expats really like this area because it has a large Turkish and Arabic community, providing a real international touch and some of the best restaurants in Berlin.

With its art galleries, bars and funky restaurants, the creative community has carved out a new home where everyone mingles in a neighbourly vibe. Neukölln bursts with secret spots and small, experimental restaurants unlike any other.

The Schwuz is the hub of the LGBTQ+ scene where you’ll see anyone enter for a fun night out – unfazed by your personal sexual tastes or preferences in life. You’re thrilled about Drag Shows? The Silver Future on Westerstraße got something for you!

Rental prices

With Neukölln turning into the new hipster district, rents have risen significantly in recent years. You'll pay an average of €500 for a private room here; this is above the average in Berlin.

For apartments, Neukölln ranks with €1,150 as runner up after Charlottenburg for the highest rents in Berlin.

Type of accommodationRental price
Room€500
Apartment€1,150

Suitable Tenants

Creative heads find their home between the buzzling art galleries and funky bars in no time at all. With its vibrant LGBTQ+ scene, odds are that you’ll fall for the vibe in Neukölln. What is unique about Neukölln is that there's a room for everyone!

Friedrichshain - Kreuzberg

If you want to have a healthy mix of work, school and partying, then Friedrichshain may be the obvious choice. This section of Berlin was one of the most damaged in all of the city after the bombing in World War II, but now it has been rebuilt and is filled with residents who are just as creative as the city itself.

Safety

You can wander around Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg peacefully on your own. However, there are some areas that you may want to avoid, particularly during the night or with children. The northern part of Luisenstadt and between Oranienplatz and Kottbusser Tor, Görlitzer Park and Wrangelkiez, has seen a sharp increase in crime. The number of crimes has now reached around 35,500 per 100,000 inhabitants. The majority of offences here are theft, physical assault, drug offences and transport fraud.

Infrastructure

Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg boasts its viable public transportation options. You can get just about anywhere in the city in a matter of minutes!

Rental prices

The prices in Kreuzberg are on the rise, especially with its proximity to Mitte. With its hipster vibe, this neighborhood is generating more and more demand.

At €529, rents for private rooms are at the upper end of the range compared with the average rent in Berlin. Tenants here spend €1150 on an apartment and thus Friedrichshein-Kreuzberg shares second position of the highest rents among Neukölln, just behind Charlottenburg-Willemsdorf.

Type of accommodationRental price
Room€529
Apartment€1,150

Work-Life-Balance

Co-working spaces are popular here, as the entire neighborhood seems to pulse with innovation, and you can also find the Hertie School of Governance.

You’ll also find a large student population, who flock to the Kollwitzplatz for the bustling nightlife scene. Warschauer Straße is right in the center of Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg. Two major learning institutions are also located in this area, including the Macromedia University of Media and Communication.

Kreuzberg is full of diversity, with many immigrants calling it home. Kreuzberg is also known for its large Turkish community, hosting a large Turkish market, where price haggling is encouraged! Needless to say, Friedrichshain has one of the youngest overall populations in all of Berlin, and it is ideal for someone looking for a lively setting.

Suitable Tenants

Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg spreads both energy and tranquillity at the same time, a mix of the old and the new permeates the neighbourhood. You can dive into the different ethnic communities and feast your way through the delicious cuisines. It's the ultimate spot for internationals coming to dance through the clubs and hipster bars on Warschauer Straße trying to make one or two new friends. Expats will find a sense of home in Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg in no time at all.

Charlottenburg - Wilmersdorf

When most Berliners think of Charlottenburg, their minds probably go straight to shopping, as the retail mecca of Germany is situated squarely on Unter den Linden. However, this also affords numerous work opportunities with big names like Apple and fashion legends Gucci and Chanel.

Safety

The boulevard lures tourists in Berlin with its numerous shopping malls and nightclubs - and thus attracts shoplifters along with them. It comes as no surprise that some criminal energies are concentrated in Hardenbergplatz and Breitscheidplatz in particular, making this the "hotspot" for offences on Kurfürstendamm.

So it is ten times less likely that you will be confronted with crime in the neighborhood around Wiesbadener Straße than on Kurfürstendamm.

However, if you look beyond the realm of pickpockets and shoplifters, the district is safe.

Infrastructure

There are four underground lines (U2, U7, U1, U9) giving you plenty of options to explore every corner of Berlin!

Rental prices

The Charlottenburg Palace is right in the center of the neighborhood, but it still has several residential areas. However, you’ll need a larger budget to find housing here. With the lake Lietzensee and Kurfürstendamm, one luxury brand store lined up next to the other, it' s quite evident that Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf with its high costs of living an expensive place to live.

As a tenant, you pay €1,200 for an apartment, making it the highest rent in Berlin. Similarly, a private room ranks at the top of the rent list at €550.

Type of accommodationRental price
Room€550
Apartment€1,200

Work-Life-Balance

Wilmersdorf is known for its restored buildings, offering space that’s a favorite among young expats. It also offers theaters and a cabaret, so the performing arts crowd spend a lot of their free time in this neighborhood. Charlottenburg is also popular for its Asian eateries, so if you love noodle houses, you’ll have a number of options from which to choose.

If you’re here to study, then this area might be your best bet, especially if you enroll at the nearby Technical University, University of the Arts or the ESCP business school.

Suitable Tenants

Its proximity to the university makes Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf the most convenient choice for students as far as location is concerned; however, the rents are anything but student budget.

Expats with a family will feel at ease around Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf in the small parks where children can play safely.

Pankow

This primarily residential area is very popular with young families and professionals, but it’s also clean, safe and has a thriving health scene comprising vegan cafes and organic food shops.

Safety

Pankow positions itself in the average category of criminality. With 9,718 crimes per 100,000 inhabitants, Pankow is definitely considered a safe neighborhood where you don't have to worry about walking the streets alone.

Infrastructure

Did you know that Pankow is so far north of Berlin that it already borders on Brandenburg to the far north? And yet, in no time at all, you'll be in the center of the East.

Rental prices

Because this area is so popular with families, you can expect to pay a premium for housing. However, if Pankow offers the amenities and the conveniences that you crave, it may be worth the additional funds.

For an apartment in Pankow you pay €1.075, making it the fourth most expensive rent in Berlin. However, with €475 you get a private room in Pankow.

Type of accommodationRental price
Room€475
Apartment€1,075

Work-Life-Balance

Countless artists, writers and thinkers also populate the area of [Pankow](https://housinganywhere.com/Berlin--Germany/discover-berlin-pankow), as studio space is much cheaper than in other European capital cities. Plus, it’s also a good place to find co-working space, if you’re a digital nomad or just like to get out of the office or library for some fresh ideas.

You’ll also find KulturBrauerei here, which was once a brewery but now is a huge draw for people looking for nightlife and dining all under one roof.

Immigrants also like to settle in the section of Prenzlauer Berg, close to Mitte, and it is consistently voted one of the prettiest areas in all of Berlin. Why don't you just take your time out and stroll through the beautiful streets of Prenzlauer Berg, stop at the many art galleries and small boutiques and then let the district inspire you in a hip café with a flat white (with oat milk of course!)?

Suitable Tenants

Urban families will find their tranquil spot in Pankow. Among vegan and vegetarian restaurants, there bustle studios for kids' yoga or painting sessions a lá Picasso around Prenzlauer Berg. With the bike you are quickly on the countryside while the train takes you speedily to the centre east. Pankow is an absolute must for urban individuals or alternative families!

The many hip cafés and vibrant co-working spaces create the ultimate hub for digital nomads.

Lichtenberg

Lichtenberg is one of the most well-known neighborhoods in East Berlin, partly because it is a prime example of the architecture of its post-Cold War days, primarily made up of block-style concrete structures. Other reminders of the city’s history exist here in the Stasi Museum, filled with spy memorabilia, and a former prison, now the Hohenschönhausen Memorial.

Safety

Which is the safest district in Berlin? Ta-da: It's Lichtenberg! With 9,461 crimes per 100,000 inhabitants you're safer here than anywhere else in Berlin.

Infrastructure

When you need to get around quickly in Berlin, the Berlin-Lichtenberg station offers a variety of links all across the city and beyond, so transportation is always fast and reliable.

Rental prices

Lichtenberg is a paradise for young internationals living on a small budget. For a private room you pay €470 here, which is in the lower range of the rental prices in Berlin. Even better: With €820 you will find the cheapest apartments in Berlin.

Type of accommodationRental price
Room€470
Apartment€820

Work-Life-Balance

Depending on your point of view, some young people see this area as hip, but others note that it’s beginning to border on outdated. As you’re on the hunt for housing, this can definitely work in your favor, with low prices.

When you’re not browsing the popular Dong Xuan market, Lichtenberg also offers a wealth in business and internship opportunities. Many private companies are taking advantage of the budget-friendly pricing and are setting up shop as a result.

Suitable Tenants

Students on a low budget will find lovely and above all affordable apartments in Lichtenberg. In Lichtenberg, expats with a family get some peace of mind knowing that their children live in a safe neighborhood.

Marzahn - Hellersdorf

This section of Berlin is typically noted as being quite similar to Lichtenberg, with its familiar Eastern German architecture as well.

Safety

In Marzahn-Hellersdorf your peace of mind is assured: With 9,041 felonies per 100,000 inhabitants, the district is considered very safe.

Infrastructure

Transportation options are plentiful, so you can easily get into the city center or Charlottenburg for work or to the universities.

Rental prices

Are you living in Berlin on a low budget? Then perhaps you'll find your new home in Marzahn-Hellersdorf! With an average of €350 (!) for a private room, you won't find a cheaper room in any part of town. Even for an apartment you pay only €925, which is in the lower range of the rent prices in Berlin.

Type of accommodationRental price
Room€350
Apartment€925

Work-Life-Balance

Marzahn offers the Gärten der Welt park, which is the ideal place to get away to for a little rest, relaxation or even exercise. It’s no wonder that this area is very popular with young people who like to walk, run or just experience a little bit of nature in a big city like Berlin.

Suitable Tenants

For students with a low budget, Marzahn-Hellersdorf is a dream come true: it doesn't really get any cheaper than this. With its green spaces you’ll find the perfect balance between library/office and spending time in nature.

Tempelhof - Schöneberg

Like so many of the cities in Berlin, Tempelhof played an important role during the Cold War with its now-defunct airport, where American planes would land to bring supplies to the people of West Berlin.

Safety

In Tempelhof-Schöneberg you can move freely and without worries through the streets. Living in the south of the district is the safest place to be. By contrast, the north poses slight troubles: especially around Nolledorfplatz there are more frequent troubles.

Infrastructure

Coming from Tempelhof you’ll quickly move on to the neighbouring districts: you'll be in Schöneberg, Neukölln and Kreuzberg in no time. The area offers best public transportation, so you can reach every corner of Berlin quickly and easily.

Rental prices

The rental prices in Tempelhof-Schöne are €990 for apartments; this is pretty much the Berlin average. For a private room, however, tenants are charged €520 which ranks among the most expensive rents in Berlin.

Type of accommodationRental price
Room€520
Apartment€990

Work-Life-Balance

Today, this area is known for sports, which is why many young people enjoy living in this active environment.

Schöneberg was once a hot spot for culture in Berlin. In fact, many musicians lived here and even recorded albums in the neighborhood’s studio space, including the likes of David Bowie. It’s now known as the hub for alternative lifestyles in Berlin, with a myriad of gay bars and a pulsing nightlife scene.

The University of Economics and Law has its home in Schöneberg, so you can also expect a thriving student area with inexpensive housing options.

Suitable Tenants

Bored? In Tempelhof-Schöneberg you'll never feel dull! Just what students and expats are looking for.

Reinickendorf

Reinickendorf is also home to Lake Tegel, which is the second largest lake in all of Berlin.

Safety

When it comes to criminality, Reinickendorf mirrors the overall situation in Berlin in miniature like no other district. This is due to the social structure in the north of the city. Here the quiet residential area of the upper class is located next to the socially deprived area, the distances between neighborhoods with pulsating nightlife next to residential areas with an almost village-like character are short.

Infrastructure

This neighborhood’s claim to fame is the Berlin Tegel Airport, so it offers excellent transportation options stemming off the airport and its surrounding area.

Rental prices

The housing is inexpensive, and it offers a relaxed feel that many young people enjoy. For a private room you will spend 500€ and for an apartment around 950€.

Type of accommodationRental price
Room€500
Apartment€950

Work-Life-Balance

The area was once mostly industrial, but as of late, numerous large companies have moved into the area, so many work opportunities are now available.

Reinickendorf reveals a district full of contrasts: While you have almost village-like districts such as Heiligensee, Konradshöhe and Lübars, you can also immerse yourself in the urban quarters such as Tegel, Märkisches Viertel or Wittenau. As a family you will find a quiet home in Waidmannslust, Hermsdorf or Frohnau between single-family houses with villa character.

Suitable Tenants

Expats with a family can find a quiet home here in the districts of Waidmannslust, Hermsdorf or Frohnau. Get away from the urban jungle!

Spandau

It may be true that some people in Berlin refuse to acknowledge that Spandau is truly a part of Berlin, but if you’re looking for a good price on housing, you’ll want to give this neighborhood a chance.

Safety

When it comes to safety, Spandau sticks out neither negatively nor positively: with 11,398 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, the district is pretty much average.

Infrastructure

The cosmopolitan city center is never far away, and convenient trains can take you into Friedrichstrasse in less than 20 minutes. You’re not far away from the action, but you’re also removed from the middle of it – a perfect blend for some.

Rental prices

Reason enough for Spandau to become your new home could be the affordable rental prices. Following Marzahn, the private rooms offer the second lowest rental prices at €400. For apartments, Spandau holds the second position for the lowest rents with €905.

Type of accommodationRental price
Room€400
Apartment€905

Work-Life-Balance

This region also boasts a lot of green space and even a couple of lakes nearby, so it’s also ideal for people who love being outdoors. If you want some peace and quiet after a long day at work or your least favorite course at the university, Spandau absolutely delivers.

If you’re into live music, then you’re also going to like living in Spandau, as a former 16th-century fortress now hosts regular open-air concerts, and even has a history museum.

Suitable Tenants

A dream apartment on a student budget? Spandau makes it real! This district is for students, expats or families seeking the balance between an urban setting and a quiet spot. Spandau lets you dive into the happenings in a flash while it allows you to find your peace of mind in the district.

Treptow - Köpenick

Treptow and Köpenick are very popular neighborhoods for young people and families, providing both safety and moderate housing prices.

Safety

No doubt about it: in Treptow-Köpenick you are safer than in nearly any other district. With 9,623 cases per 100,000 inhabitants you certainly live safely.

Infrastructure

Treptow is in close proximity to Kreuzberg, Friedrichshain, and Neukölln, and frequent trains make it simple to get around.

Köpenick is actually even more low-key than Treptow, with more options for outdoor socializing. It’s a little further away from the center of Berlin, but, like Spandau, it’s a quiet retreat close to the city via public transportation lines.

Rental prices

The rents in Treptow-Köpenick roughly reflect the average rental prices in Berlin. For a private room you pay 489€ here and for an apartment around 920€.

Type of accommodationRental price
Room€489
Apartment€920

Work-Life-Balance

The older industrial buildings are also being repurposed into office space for startups or co-working, so you can expect a young, hip crowd. Windsurfing, sailing and cycling are favorite pastimes in this region, but so is late-night dancing and the inspiring art scene.

The popular Treptower Park offers a great place for picnics and is also popular with outdoor sports, along with being home to Archenhold Observatory, a favorite stop for science and astrology students. Plus, it’s a great place to see Berlin’s skyline.

Suitable Tenants

Young expats or entrepreneurs won't just find their home in Treptow-Köpernick but possibly the new base for their enterprise. Living in this area of Berlin will take you to the heart of the city; however, you can find your balance with outdoor sports or a picnic in the park.

Steglitz - Zehlendorf

This beautiful district was once comprised of seven villages, but now they have come together to create a diverse neighborhood that offers numerous amenities and attractions for young professionals and students alike, situated right along the outskirts of Berlin.

Safety

You wonder which is one of the safest districts in Berlin? Steglitz-Zehlendorf is among them! With 8,449 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, the high level of safety helps families gain a little inner peace.

Infrastructure

Get to the heart of the city by S-Bahn in no time at all or to the popular Wannsee during hot summer days.

Rental prices

Steglitz-Zehlendorf charges relatively high rents for apartments: with an average rent of €1,000, the district ranks far up in the upper range for rental prices. Tenants should expect to pay 469€ for a private room.

Type of accommodationRental price
Room€469
Apartment€1,000

Work-Life-Balance

You can expect an array of shopping centers, historical sites and recreational areas.

Freie Universität Berlin, home to the new Philological Library, makes this a dynamic center for students, along with the Botanical Garden, which is a frequent stop for scientists and naturalists.

Suitable Tenants

The outskirts of Berlin is ideal for students who want to live close to the Freie Universität Berlin. Similarly, expats with families value this safet area which allows you to raise your family in a child-friendly environment.

Last but Not Least

Most importantly, consider working with a trusted housing platform, whether you’re moving to Berlin or other exciting destinations, such as Rotterdam. Apartments and private rooms are in high demand in Berlin, so you’ll want to begin your search early. Berlin is a hot spot for internationals, so dive in and find a neighborhood full of like-minded people who share your passions. Willkommen in Berlin!

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