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.

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Top hotels in Schoeneberg

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Novum Hotel Aldea Berlin Centrum
3 out of 5
Bülowstraße 20-22, Berlin, BE
NZ$78/night
25 Aug. - 26 Aug.
3.7/5Good! (5,763 reviews)

Located in Schoeneberg, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Berlinale Palast, Kurfürstendamm, and Berlin Zoological Garden. Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church and ...

3.7/5Good! (5,763 reviews)

"I liked that they offered to keep our luggage because we arrived earlier to check in. The staff was friendly and respectful. The amenities were good, the room was clean and it's close to the subway station and restaurants."…"

Reviewed on 9 Aug. 2019

Novum Hotel Aldea Berlin Centrum
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Novum Hotel City B Berlin Centrum
3 out of 5
Potsdamer Str. 129, Berlin, BE
NZ$88/night
25 Aug. - 26 Aug.
3.8/5Good! (2,103 reviews)

Located in Schoeneberg, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Berlinale Palast, Kurfürstendamm, and Potsdamer Platz. Berlin Zoological Garden and Berliner Philharmonie ...

3.8/5Good! (2,103 reviews)

"+ Good location. Near to U transport. Quiet. - No A/C. No refrigerator & mini bar in the room."…"

Reviewed on 27 Jul. 2019

Novum Hotel City B Berlin Centrum
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Centro Hotel Kurfürstendamm
Kleiststraße 9-12, Berlin
NZ$98/night
26 Aug. - 27 Aug.
3.8/5Good! (100 reviews)

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

3.8/5Good! (100 reviews)

"I really like the hotel it’s got a good layout and the location is between two U-bahn stops so easy to walk to. The bathroom is an interesting layout but it means - toilet is separated to the shower but it means that two person can use the same space. It is a quite location even with the windows ..."…"

Reviewed on 13 Aug. 2019

Centro Hotel Kurfürstendamm
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Hotel Riu Plaza Berlin
4 out of 5
Martin Luther Strasse 1, Berlin, Berlin
NZ$120/night
25 Aug. - 26 Aug.
4.4/5Excellent! (1,195 reviews)

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! (1,195 reviews)

"The location is great, near great shopping, supermarkets, train stations and restaurants. The room was nice with a good view."…"

Reviewed on 18 Aug. 2019

Hotel Riu Plaza Berlin
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Axel Hotel Berlin - Adults Only
4 out of 5
Lietzenburger Str 13-15, Berlin, BE
NZ$137/night
28 Aug. - 29 Aug.
3.9/5Good! (1,736 reviews)

Located in Schoeneberg, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Department Store of the West and Kurfürstendamm. Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church and Berlin ...

3.9/5Good! (1,736 reviews)

"Loved how friendly the staff were - really welcoming and great at giving advice on where to visit"…"

Reviewed on 15 Aug. 2019

Axel Hotel Berlin - Adults Only
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Mercure Hotel Berlin Wittenbergplatz
4 out of 5
Wittenbergplatz 3, Berlin
NZ$143/night
1 Sep. - 2 Sep.
4.6/5Exceptional! (520 reviews)

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

4.6/5Exceptional! (520 reviews)

"Excellent location. Great food just outside the hotel, room was clean but door did not close properly. Overall the experience was good. Don’t eat at the hotel, it’s very expensive. If you just walk out the hotel they have lots of places to eat"…"

Reviewed on 21 Aug. 2019

Mercure Hotel Berlin Wittenbergplatz

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