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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 £70 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 ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,111 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 £47 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! (1,529 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 £58 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 £44 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! (6,295 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 £79 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
The price is £51 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

Department Store of the West
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Department Store of the West

4.5/5(16 reviews)

You can enjoy some retail therapy with a trip to Department Store of the West, a favourite shopping spot in Berlin. Visit the popular zoo and notable monuments in this vibrant area.

Schoneberg City Hall
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Schoneberg City Hall

Schoneberg City Hall is just one of the places to see in Berlin, so why not enjoy the other things to explore during your travels? Visit the shops and top-notch restaurants in this romantic area.

Schoneberg Gasometer
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Schoneberg Gasometer

Find out about the history of Berlin when you take a trip to Schoneberg Gasometer. Experience the acclaimed art galleries and fascinating museums in this family-friendly area.

Alexanderplatz
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Alexanderplatz

4/5(1,068 reviews)

With its stark, 1960s layout, “Alex” is a showcase of Communist-era architecture and a lively central meeting place for locals.

Potsdamer Platz
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Potsdamer Platz

4/5(889 reviews)

Berliners come to celebrate their city in this public square, which was leveled during World War II and isolated in the Cold War.

Mercedes-Benz Arena
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Mercedes-Benz Arena

4/5(102 reviews)

Catch an event at Mercedes-Benz Arena during your trip to Berlin.Experience the entertainment choices and acclaimed theatre scene in this vibrant area.

Top things to do in Schoeneberg

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

76% of travellers recommend
£19
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
£26
Per adult
Berlin Combo: Red Sightseeing Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus & Icebar
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Berlin Combo: Red Sightseeing Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus & Icebar

£32
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

£20
Per adult
Skip-the-Line & Dine at Hard Rock Cafe Berlin
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Skip-the-Line & Dine at Hard Rock Cafe Berlin

88% of travellers recommend
£19
Per adult
City Center Half-Day Walking Tour
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City Center Half-Day Walking Tour

94% of travellers recommend
£18
Per adult