Best neighbourhoods in Berlin: Tempelhof-Schöneberg

Weighing up your neighbourhood options in Berlin? Excellent, then let us make our case for the west Berlin district of Tempelhof-Schöneberg. If you’re looking for a vibrant and culturally diverse neighbourhood packed with history then this could well be the place for you. As you’d expect, with this cultural diversity comes culinary diversity, so it’s also an excellent candidate for your new home if you love eating out. This neighbourhood is blessed with all kinds of hidden gems and you’ll be discovering new places for months! 

Moving to Tempelhof-Schöneberg will also give you that special sensation of living in a leafy village while being well connected with the city centre thanks to excellent bus, metro and train links. Already convinced? You can find rooms to rent in Tempelhof-Schöneberg on Badi. If you need more persuading, read on to check out our carefully constructed list of top things to do as a resident in Tempelhof-Schöneberg.

Tempelhofer Feld – the airport turned park

Fun fact: the Beatles were once greeted by huge crowds of Berliners as they touched down in the then fully-functioning airport.

Hands down the crown jewel of the neighbourhood, from 1920 right up until as recently as 2008, this was an airport. It was then converted into a public park and Berlin hasn’t looked back since. It quickly became the epicentre of the neighbourhood and with a size to rival New York’s central park, Berliners flock in numbers every weekend to make the most of the huge green space for barbeques, picnics and gatherings.

In addition to all that, there’s a six-kilometre trail for cycling, jogging and skateboarding if you’re looking to do some exercise, huge open space for dog walking and kite flying, and even an urban gardening section full of tomatoes, lettuce and carrots. Not bad at all considering you’re just a stone’s throw away from the city centre.

Tempelhofe Feld, an old airport converted into a public park
Tempelhofer Feld park boasts a six-kilometre trail for cycling, jogging and skateboarding

The Schöneberg flea market

Fun fact: it’s located in front of the town hall where JFK famously stood on the balcony, addressed Berlin residents and announced “Ich bin ein Berliner”.

Seasoned market traders set out their stalls every week on a Saturday and Sunday. This is one of the rare remaining genuine flea markets in Berlin where you can find all kinds of treasures. 

Remember, everything is negotiable, you might even say that’s part of the fun! Given the fascinating history of Berlin, it’ll come as no surprise to know that you can find some real treasures here.

Schöneberg flea market
The Schöneberg flea market is one of the rare remaining genuine flea markets in Berlin where you can find all kinds of treasures.

The Südgelände biological park

Fun fact: this natural oasis grew out of a disused railway yard without any human influence at all.

Another example of just how easy fresh air and green spaces are to come by in this neighbourhood. But this time, with a twist. The Tempelhof railway yard was gradually shut down after the second world war, with many of the remains scattered around the park perfectly intact still to this day

The rich natural oasis has grown incredibly out of the disused park in just 50 years. It’s the perfect place to go for a stroll, take some photos or just relax with a book.

Malzfabrik – an eco-friendly, cultural hub

Fun fact: now a hub for creativity, culture and sustainable thinking, Malzfabrik was once the largest malt production facility in Europe.

Covering a whopping 50,000 square meters you can easily make yourself busy for an entire day here. This is an especially good choice if you’re in the mood  for inspiration, with all sorts of cultural and art exhibitions on show each week

They also place a strong focus on sustainability and give you all manner of tips and help so that you can learn how to live your own life in a more sustainable way. The hub has even won prizes for its sustainable ideas, such as bicycle stands made of recycled material and even a water-filtering plant that completely gets rid of the need for buying plastic water bottles.

So, give yourself a day and get lost in its nine historical buildings complete with a huge park with two ponds, a beach, a nature garden and a city farm. You’ll come away feeling inspired, energised and, hopefully, with a desire to live more sustainably.

Malzfabrik in Berlin
A hub for creativity and culture, Malzfabrik was once the largest malt production facility in Europe (photo: Malzfabrik, Matthias Friel)

KaDeWe department store

Fun fact: at 60,000m2, it’s the size of nine football fields making it the largest department store in Europe.

Our last highlight of Tempelhof-Schöneberg is for all the shoppers among you. The KaDeWe department store is just as much about inspiring yourself as it is about shopping. With everything from the latest fashion to a whole department dedicated just to chocolate, you can spend some serious time just exploring the different things on offer. 

Also, if you get hungry, just swing by the two gourmet food floors to refuel in style. Or, if you’re not that into shopping, skip the shops and just head directly there. With over 110 cooks, 40 bakers, 30 gourmet counters and a space equivalent to two football pitches dedicated to food, it more than merits being the soul focus of your visit.

KaDeWe Department Store in Berlin
At 60,000m2, KaDeWe is the size of nine football fields, making it the largest department store in Europe.

That brings our neighbourhood highlights tour of Tempelhof-Schöneberg to an end. Although there’s some serious competition in Berlin with plenty of brilliant places to live, Tempelhof-Schöneberg should definitely rank high in your options. You can start searching for a place to live and for your perfect flatmates in Tempelhof-Schöneberg right now on Badi.

But don’t take our word for it, explore the neighbourhood for yourself!