Berlin counts several different districts with radically different atmospheres. That is maybe what i like the most here; the possibility to choose an area depending on how you want to be living in Berlin. Hereunder are short descriptions of the most popular eastern Berlin districts.
Living in Berlin Friedrichshain:
Cut in half by the very long Frankfurter Allee, Friedrichshain offers a very cosy atmosphere with little streets flooded with local bars, cafes, friseurs and fashion-designer shops. This district was once famous for its path-ways covered with dog-poo but like many places in Berlin, gentrification had radically changed the district to a much cleaner tone. Its inhabitants are often expats who likes the southern part of the area around Simon-Dachstr. Many young couples have also moved around Samariterviertel where kinder-gardens are not rare at all. Friedrichshain is also home to many good clubs along Revealerstr. and to the mighty Berghain/Panorama Bar.
Move there if : You like a cosy village life at day and a wild night life after dark and you can afford the increasingly expensive rents.
Living in Berlin Kreuzberg
Historically the alternative district and the biggest turkish city outside of Turkey, it has since gone under waves of gentrifications leaving areas like Bergmanstr. with more pricey neighbourhoods since the fall of the Wall. The area around Görlitzer Park is one of my favourite in Berlin, especially in the summer where Beers along the Landwehrkanal and grills are a must-do. You can however find a very different atmosphere around the jewish museum or the world-wide famous Checkpoint charlie. It is also very hard to find a flat there. The area around Kotbusser Tor is still very turkish though, like the Market on Paul-Lincker Ufer. It is a very central area : Mitte, Friedrischain and Neukoln are just around the corner.
Move there if : Your job is in the area and you have the money and the connections to find a good flat there.
Living in Berlin Neukölln
Certainly less of a hype than Kreuzberg or Friedrischain, Neukölln is begin to attract a crowd that likes the reasonable offer of bars and clubs around Hermannplatz, and that enjoys cheaper rents in the southern part around leinestrasse.The area around Schönleinstr has definitely a peaceful charm that adds up to the convenient connection of the U8. A lot of green parks is around the corner with the Volkspark and Tempefhoferfeld, that always provide a refreshing breeze in the summer. It is sometimes said dangerous for ladies if they walk alone at night but there is no problem during the day.
Move there if: You work in Mitte, Schöneberg or Kreuzberg and that you don’t mind an extra 10min commute for a balanced exciting-peaceful environment.
Living in Berlin Prenzlauer Berg
Very well preserved from WW2 bombings, Prenzlauer Berg offers a lot of small cute streets where cafes and restaurants are numerous. It was for long a very bohemian district where artists could create during the communist era. After the wall fell, the area gentrificated quickly to let young couples move in the beautiful flats available. It is often nick-named “Impregnated Berg” since the birth rate there is the highest in Europe ! There are kindergardens and bio-supermarkets at every corner. The area around Eberswalderstr. is a must-do for a wild night-out and the Mauerpark is one of the best places around for a sunny summer afternoon .
Move there if : You are looking for a upper-end family-friendly district with a laid-back atmosphere and nice flats.
Living in Berlin Tempelhof
Very well known for its abandoned airport and its horse race tracks, Tempelhof offers a very good option for families that would like to be living in Berlin and in a more quiet environment. It’s also very well connected to more busy Kreuzberg and central Berlin through the S2 while being a good starting point for Berlin Brandenburg Region and suburbs. It offers slightly larger apartments and houses if a baby is on the way. It can also be a good option for Students studying in Dalhlem.
Move there if: You need more space for you and your family. Your priority is a quiet home but you fancy a night -out once in a while.
Ya see ? There are many options for you when living in Berlin ! I hope this helped. If you are looking for a district in West Berlin, here are short descriptions of west Berlin districts.