The Borough of Tempelhof-Schöneberg
Rathaus Schöneberg

The two boroughs of Tempelhof and Schöneberg were merged into one in 2001, even though each was very different. Tempelhof is an industrial and living district for working families. The northern part is mainly occupied by the forner Tempelhof airport which was closed in 2007. Schöneberg is younger, borders the city east and west, and has many nice restaurants and bars. It is located southwest of the city center in the Mitte district and east of the Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf district.

Schöneberg has always been a rather lively district. It was no main center, but the district townhall was the main townhall for West Berlin during the Cold War. The freedom bell (a gift from the American people) as well as several memorials from that time are located here. On November 9, 1989, Chancellor Helmut Kohl (Bundeskanzler from 1983-1998) and Willy Brandt (former Bundeskanzler) cheered from the main balcony the end of the Berlin Wall. The townhall is a very emotional place for many people in Berlin (especially West Berliners). Today it is a middle class living area. See our borough maps.

Schöneberg is the traditional center of the homosexual scene in Berlin. Today the district is very popular with young families and middle-age singles. Walking south behind the old church you will find Goltzstrasse with lots of small bars and cafes. Restaurants provide all sorts of food and prices are low, especially when compared with other locations in the center of Berlin. Around Eisenacher Strasse you will find even more bars and cafes situated in the basement of nice old houses. During WW II this part of Berlin was not damaged by bombs as much as other parts of Berlin, so you can still get an impression of what Berlin's 19th century architecture looked like.

If you walk along Grunewaldstrasse to the west, you´ll reach "Bayrischer Platz" and around it the "Bayerisches Viertel" (with many streets named after bavarian cities), which was more heavily during WW II (about 60%). It was in this area that Albert Einstein once lived.

Kaufhaus des Westens (KaDeWe) on Wittenbergplatz, the world's second largest department store after Harrods in London, has it all, especially the food department on the sixth floor. There you can purchase almost every kind of food from every part of the world, but the task is to find where it is, as the floor is very large and the layout a bit confusing. Be aware that on a Saturday this shop can be crowded with wealthy shoppers, plus a gaggle of coach tourists, so it's best to go during the week if you can.

The Individual Localities (Ortsteile) of Tempelhof-Schöneberg:

Ortsteile: Friedenau, Lichtenrade, Mariendorf, Marienfelde, Schöneberg, and Tempelhof.

Popular Places to Visit in Tempelhof-Schöneberg:

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