Welcome to Kreuzberg! Living in Style while Remaining Firmly Grounded
Until 1993, the borough of Kreuzberg was divided into two postal districts that were also used for general reference purposes – Kreuzberg 61 and Kreuzberg 36. During the Cold War, when three sides of Kreuzberg 36 bordered on the infamous Berlin Wall, a bohemian sub-culture emerged in this suddenly peripheral part of town. By contrast, Kreuzberg 61 has always been considered the more bourgeois part of the borough.
Home to 153,000 residents, Kreuzberg counts among the most popular districts in Berlin today. Since it was merged with the district of Friedrichshain, the two have formed the smallest of Berlin’s boroughs with a footprint of just 20.4 square kilometres. It is also the borough with the youngest population, the age average being 37.8 years. There are more than 277 crèches, 184 public playgrounds and 72 schools of various types.
Kreuzberg extends from the banks of the River Spree to the Checkpoint Charlie, and is defined by a multi-cultural scene, large park facilities and innovative charm. A good way to view the district from above is by riding the U1 underground line that runs through it on elevated tracks. Your eyes will sweep over stunning period building façades, the characteristic high-rises around Kottbusser Tor, the banks of Landwehrkanal below, running parallel to the tracks, until the train dips back underground at Gleisdreieck.
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After getting off the underground line at Kottbusser Tor and heading east, you will cross Oranienstrasse, the former heartland of bohemian Kreuzberg and now a busy high street with a diversified line-up of culinary specialities and small shops. At the western end of the district, you can cross into Neukölln or else cross the canal into the south-western part of Kreuzberg, which is the Bergmannkiez neighbourhood. It is just as busy as the parts north of the canal, but combined with a richly varied selection of restaurants, cafés and takeaway shops.
Another compelling aspect about this part of Kreuzberg is the vast size of its green areas, including the parklands of Hasenheide, Viktoriapark and Flaschenhalspark, the latter merging with the recently developed and expanded Gleisdreieck Park. It is a truly generous outdoor area for amateur sports of many kinds.
The rent performance in Kreuzberg has been stable and subject to persistent growth, the average asking rent now being 15 euros per square metre. Buying a home in Kreuzberg is an optimal investment in your own future and your retirement plan because of the district’s central location, its superbly developed infrastructure and the busy urbanity in the heart of Berlin.