Berlin/South

The South is a district of Berlin. It consists of the boroughs of Steglitz, Zehlendorf, Tempelhof, Neukölln, Treptow and Köpenick.

Understand

Steglitz-Zehlendorf is a borough in the southwest of Berlin. Zehlendorf is together with Charlottenburg the wealthiest part of Berlin and has a lot of lakes and forests, but also lots of culture and the biggest university in Berlin. Most famous is the Wannsee with its Strandbad, where on hot summer weekends all families visit, but there are also other lakes, where bathing is allowed and even free.

Steglitz was merged with Zehlendorf in 2001 and is an ordinary (but nice) residential and shopping district. Zehlendorf is more interesting for tourists because of its many museums, beautiful nature and some old castles.

Tempelhof is a borough of Berlin. In 2001 these two former boroughs were merged. Both are very different and were merged solely to have a bigger political unit. Tempelhof is an industrial area and in the south is a living area for families. The northern part is mainly occupied by the airport Tempelhof which was closed in October 2008.

Neukölln is a borough of Berlin. It consists of four sub-districts (Britz, Buckow, Rudow and Neukölln). Neukölln has a history as a poor working-class district with a large number of migrants. Neukölln offers big contrasts between the densely populated northern part and the more village looking southern parts. Southern neighborhoods Britz, Buckow and Rudow became part of Berlin in the 1930s and kept its structure. In the past few years, the northern part of Neukölln, nicknamed Kreuzkölln, has seen a transformation as a large influx of students and artists are moving into the neighborhood.

Treptow-Köpenick is a borough of Berlin. Köpenick is known for its old town, its castle and the many lakes and forests. And for the story of The Captain of Köpenick. Treptow is more a residential district and well known to Berliners for its big park and some beautiful views of River Spree. In some parts you can visit big ex-industrial areas which are now changing to something else (i.e. cultural or shopping areas) or simply fading away.

Get in

Steglitz-Zehlendorf

The center of Steglitz is the U-/S-Bahn station (U9, S1) "Rathaus Steglitz". One of the most popular shopping streets in Berlin is the "Schloßstraße" with a good selection of specialized shops, especially medium and low-priced fashion shops. Additionally there are four small to medium-sized malls where you'll get everything you need.

Zehlendorf is spread quite far and depending on the area, different stations are the best. Wannsee (S1, S7), Grunewald (S7) or Dahlem-Dorf (U3) are the best stations to stop at for the most interesting areas.

Tempelhof

U-Bahn line 6 from station "Platz der Luftbrücke"" onwards south is the backbone of the district. The major S-Bahnstation Südkreuz (DB station with national and international rail service) and Tempelhof also lay within the district.

Neukölln

The U-Bahn line U7 and U8 are the backbone of transportation in Neukölln. All stations from U8 Schönleinstraße to U8 Hermannstraße and U7 Hermannplatz to U7 Grenzallee are northern Neukölln. Starting from Parchimer Allee until the terminal station Rudow you will see the smaller houses, apartment blocks and gardens of Britz, Buckow and Rudow. But with the Gropiusstadt, there is also a housing estate with many mulit-storage buildings and a different social situation. Several bus lines connect the residential areas especially in the southern parts.

The federal motorway 100 (the new city highway) is constructed on the former border line to Treptow-Köpenick. It offers a fast way to the new BBI airport which will in near future be the only airport for Berlin. During rush hour the entry and exit ways might be congested but the main traffic is to come after the airport opening.

Treptow-Köpenick

Treptow is best accessed by S-Bahn lines S41, S42, S8, S85 and S9. The most important station is Treptower Park.

To get into Köpenick take the S47 to Spindlersfeld or the S3 to Köpenick and consider taking one of the many trams to the old town and the old palace.

By tram

Perhaps the most picturesque line in the city, known to transit system officials as "the most beloved tram line in Germany" due to its customers' passionate opposition to reducing service, is Line 68. In off-seasons it has more scenery than people, but when hot weather comes its lakeshore meanderings and the tiny, "gemütlich" village of Alt-Schmöckwitz at the line's outer terminal draw so many customers that extra trams are pressed into service. Line 68 may be best accessed at the Berlin-Grünau S-Bahn station, where all types of convenience food and shopping are available.

Beyond the village center and tram terminal, a large forested area of lakefront parkland offers hiking and bicycling possibilities. This was once the home neighborhood for expatriate American, international music and film star Dean Reed. The Line 68 tram itself had one brief moment of glory, in 1936. In its former incarnation as Line 86 it was the best route to the Olympic rowing events and some structures, street names, etc. still reflect that high point.

Großer Wannsee

See

Steglitz-Zehlendorf

House of the Wannsee Conference: The home of the "Final Solution."

Museums

a Max Libermann painting

Tempelhof

Tempelhof Terminal

Neukölln

Neukölln has been known for its high immigrant population, but is now considered to be a highly up-and-coming neighbourhood of Berlin where more and more artists, students, and new homeowners are moving to. Particularly northern Neukölln – also known as Kreuzkölln – has seen a huge influx of money and has become particularly trendy, and this trend is moving steadily further south. Particular areas of note is the part of Neukölln close to the Maybachufer channel that also hosts the famous Türkish market (off of U-Bahn Schönleinstraße), the Schillerkiez (off of U-Bahn Boddinstrasse), and the Richardplatz (off of U-Bahn Karl-Marx-Straße)

Treptow-Köpenick

Köpenick Palace
Captain of Köpenick


Museums

Do

Neukölln

Treptow-Köpenick


boats

Buy

Steglitz

Neukölln

The region boasts many specialty food shops (Asian, Indian, African etc.), which offer an impressive international selection for very competitive prices.

Neukölln is home to many so-called "Spätis" which Berlin has become known for. "Spätis" are kiosks regularly open until 2 or 3AM (some are open 24 hours), offering everything from cigarettes, drinks, and sweets, to necessities, (dairy, dry goods, canned food, etc.). Slightly more expensive than grocery chains, but less expensive than gas stations.

Flea market

Eat

Neukölln

Schillerkiez

Treptow-Köpenick

Drink

Neukölln

Especially in the northern part of Neukölln (east of Kottbusser Damm, next to the Kreuzberg-border), the bar scene is becoming increasingly established. The rest of Neukölln houses a few student-friendly bars. Nearby Kreuzberg offers more variety.

Schillerkiez

Schillerkiez is close to the former Berlin Tempelhof Airport. Since the airport closed down the area is becoming increasingly popular. There are several nice bars in the area.

Treptow-Köpenick

Sleep

Neukölln

Because Neukölln is not really in the city center, most hotels are for coach tours or bigger groups. They are busiest on weekends. If you come with a group (at least 10 people) negotiate a discount.

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