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SchoenebergBerlin

David Bowie and Iggy Pop once lived in this fascinating Berlin district, which is now the diverse center of Berlin’s gay community.

In the heart of western Berlin, this historic district has been the home of some of the city’s most notable residents. Removed from the bars and nightclubs of neighboring Kreuzberg, Schoeneberg has long exuded a certain coolness. At the center of Berlin’s gay community, Schoeneberg is a tolerant and open-minded precinct. Its cozy neighborhoods feature some of the most beautiful streets in the city. Spend a day exploring its parks, squares and churches or shop in one of Europe’s largest department stores, the luxurious Kaufhaus des Westerns.

Immortalized in Christian Isherwood’s famous novel Goodbye to Berlin, Schoeneberg was once the site of extravagant cabaret parties and 1920s decadence. While the party scene may have moved farther east, the decadence and glamor of 1920s Berlin can still be seen as you wander the streets of Schoeneberg.

Visit the enormous Kaufhaus des Westerns, known to locals as KaDeWe, to experience one of Europe’s leading department stores. KaDeWe is home to many of the world’s most exclusive labels and features an impressive food court on its upper two floors. Sample Parisian croissants, Austrian riesling and Atlantic salmon as you explore the gourmet sixth level. Move upstairs for a seated meal in the Winter Garden restaurant, with sweeping views across Wittenbergplatz.

Visit Rathaus Schoeneberg, located on John-F-Kennedy-Platz, to browse in the weekend flea market in front of the town hall. The square is named after the former American president, as it was here in 1963 that Kennedy made his famous “Ich bin ein Berliner” (“I am a Berliner”) speech. The flea market is known for its affordable prices and large collection of books and framed pictures.

Wander past the apartment that David Bowie and Iggy Pop shared in the late 1970s. Other famous past residents of Schoeneberg include Albert Einstein and the actor Klaus Kinski.

Reach Schoeneberg by train or bus. Stay in one of the hotels around Nollendorfplatz for walking access to many of Berlin’s major attractions.

Top hotels in Schoeneberg

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel Riu Plaza Berlin
Hotel Riu Plaza Berlin
4 out of 5
Martin Luther Strasse 1, Berlin, Berlin
The price is NZ$134 per night

Located in Schoeneberg, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Department Store of the West, Berlin Zoological Garden and Europa Center. Wittenbergplatz ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,529 reviews)

"It was extremely clean and staff were very welcoming and polite. Very close to the underground station making easy to travel around the city."…"

Reviewed on 4 Mar. 2020

Hotel Riu Plaza Berlin
Hotel LINDEMANN'S Berlin
Hotel LINDEMANN'S Berlin
3 out of 5
Potsdamer Strasse 171-173, Berlin, BE
The price is NZ$89 per night

Located in Schoeneberg, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Viktoriapark, Kurfürstendamm and Berliner Philharmonie. Berlin Zoological Garden and Friedrichstrasse ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,527 reviews)
Great hotel

"Great location. Hotel was very clean and rooms were decent size for 2 people."…"

Reviewed on 13 Feb. 2020

Hotel LINDEMANN'S Berlin
Design Hostel P182
Design Hostel P182
2 out of 5
Potsdamer Straße 182, Berlin
The price is NZ$117 per night

Located in Schoeneberg, this hostel is within 1 mi (2 km) of German Museum of Technology and Kurfürstendamm. Berlin Zoological Garden and Friedrichstrasse are ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (117 reviews)

"Literally the best hostel I have ever stayed in. Like-new facilities, individual beds, locker and towels included, next to train lines and super friendly front desk. The best ever"…"

Reviewed on 16 Jan. 2020

Design Hostel P182
Novum Hotel Aldea Berlin Centrum
Novum Hotel Aldea Berlin Centrum
3 out of 5
Bülowstraße 20-22, Berlin, BE
The price is NZ$82 per night

Located in Schoeneberg, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Berlinale Palast, Kurfürstendamm and Berlin Zoological Garden. Department Store of the West and ...

3.7/5Good! (6,293 reviews)

"Location is excellent on u2 very smal bathroom but good room , good staf."…"

Reviewed on 7 Apr. 2020

Novum Hotel Aldea Berlin Centrum
Motel One Berlin-Tiergarten
Motel One Berlin-Tiergarten
An der Urania 12/14, Berlin, BE
The price is NZ$150 per night

Located in Schoeneberg, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kurfürstendamm, Berlin Zoological Garden and Department Store of the West. Europa Center and ...

4.4/5Excellent! (598 reviews)

"It is clean and beautiful. Staff are very nice. Very comfortable stay!"…"

Reviewed on 2 Jan. 2020

Motel One Berlin-Tiergarten
ibis Berlin Kurfürstendamm
ibis Berlin Kurfürstendamm
2.5 out of 5
Bayreuther Strasse 39, Berlin, BE
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NZ$102 per night

Located in Schoeneberg, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Kurfürstendamm and Department Store of the West. Berlin Zoological Garden and Kaiser Wilhelm ...

4.4/5Excellent! (685 reviews)

"Location. Prominent location near Ubahnhof. And KaDeWe/ Europa Centre"…"

Reviewed on 3 Mar. 2020

ibis Berlin Kurfürstendamm

Popular places to visit in Schoeneberg

Alexanderplatz
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Alexanderplatz

4/5(100 reviews)

There are many debates about where the real centre of Berlin is, but Alexanderplatz, with its teetering tower and retail therapy, is certainly a contender.

Potsdamer Platz
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Potsdamer Platz

4/5(86 reviews)

This public square once lay divided between East and West Germany, now it brings people together in a celebration of their city.

Brandenburg Gate
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Brandenburg Gate

4.5/5(117 reviews)

One of Europe’s most powerful landmarks, this German symbol dates back to 1791 and has played a huge role in the country’s political culture ever since.

Top activities in Schoeneberg

Berlin Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Berlin Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

74% of travellers recommend
NZ$68
Per adult
Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

76% of travellers recommend
NZ$38
Per adult
Berlin Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour with live guide
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Berlin Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour with live guide

76% of travellers recommend
NZ$53
Per adult
Red Sightseeing Berlin Hop-On Hop-Off Bus with Boat Option
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Red Sightseeing Berlin Hop-On Hop-Off Bus with Boat Option

NZ$40
Per adult
Berlin WelcomeCard
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Berlin WelcomeCard

88% of travellers recommend
NZ$41
Per adult
Private Transfer to Prague from Berlin by Luxury Van
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Private Transfer to Prague from Berlin by Luxury Van

NZ$177
Per adult

Other areas in Berlin

Wilmersdorf featuring street scenes

Wilmersdorf

4/5Very Good!(17 area reviews)

Consider a visit to Kurfürstendamm and take some time to enjoy the abundant dining options during your time in Wilmersdorf. If you want to see more of the city, jump on the metro at Blissestrasse U-Bahn or Fehrbelliner Place U-Bahn.

Wilmersdorf
Tiergarten showing heritage elements and heritage architecture

Tiergarten

4/5Very Good!(1 area review)

Gourmet restaurants a must-see zoo and top sights from Potsdamer Platz to Berlin Zoological Garden – discover Tiergarten, a destination also famous for its shopping.

Tiergarten
Kreuzberg which includes outdoor art as well as an individual female

Kreuzberg

4.5/5Wonderful!(20 area reviews)

Known for its ample dining options and fascinating museums, there's plenty to explore in Kreuzberg. You can visit top attractions like Checkpoint Charlie and Friedrichstrasse, and jump on the metro at Prinzenstrasse U-Bahn or Moritzplatz U-Bahn to see more of the city.

Kreuzberg
Mitte which includes modern architecture and a city

Mitte

4.5/5Wonderful!(263 area reviews)

Known for its fascinating museums and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in Mitte. Check out top attractions like Berlin Wall Memorial and Reichstag Building, and jump on the metro at Schwartzkopffstrasse U-Bahn or Reinickendorfer Street U-Bahn to see more of the city.

Mitte
Charlottenburg showing outdoor eating and street scenes as well as a small group of people

Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf

4.5/5Wonderful!(37 area reviews)

Gourmet restaurants a must-see zoo and top sights from Olympiastadion to Waldbuhne – discover Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf, a destination also famous for its shopping.

Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf
Friedrichshain which includes outdoor art

Friedrichshain

4/5Very Good!(29 area reviews)

Known for its lively bars and interesting museums, there's plenty to explore in Friedrichshain. Top attractions like Mercedes-Benz Arena and East Side Gallery are major draws, and you can catch the metro at Frankfurter Gate U-Bahn or Warschauer Straße Station to see more of the city.

Friedrichshain