That is what more and more people have been saying in recent years, moving to this amazingly adaptable borough. Living quietly, being within easy reach of things due to a well developed infrastructure, and having the trendy districts of Friedrichshain and Prenzlauer Berg at your door step—these are but a few of the reasons that make Lichtenberg attractive. Others include the large number of parks, such as Tierpark or Herzberge and the Spree riverbank that lends itself to extended walks.
Ten districts, each with its own character—that is how versatile Lichtenberg is. Whether it be period building charm in Alt-Lichtenberg, mansion districts in Karlshorst, or modern new schemes on the waterfront of Rummelsburger Bucht, there is something for everyone. This place lets you choose between tranquillity and urbanity. Living central and yet quiet—it is a tempting combination. At the same time, the direct proximity to the rapid-transit circle line makes it easy for you to leave the bustling city behind and explore the hinterland of Brandenburg.
Lichtenberg is a borough for every generation. Browsing the borough portals reveals a vibrant spectrum of leisure amenities for old and young. Four indoor swimming pools, a lido, and the Sportforum Berlin—the city’s second-largest sports facility—permit sports activities year round. Just as diversified is the cultural scene in Lichtenberg. Great places to discover the arts in Lichtenberg include regional museums, galleries and art museums, and art in the public realm. The “Long Night of Museums” is as much part of the borough’s repertory as the legendary “Fête de la Musique.” The list could be extended indefinitely to include theatres, music and art schools.
Lichtenberg’s appeal is growing with every passing year. It also figures prominently in higher education with its three universities, such as the campus of the HTW University of Applied Sciences for Engineering and Economics, and has thereby moved into focus for many young people while its high share of green neighbourhoods increasingly attracts families. Over the past years, Lichtenberg has increasingly gained a reputation of being the latest trendy borough in East Berlin. New stores and restaurants are relocating here and provide culinary and cultural variety. Other aspects that make the borough attractive include its ten well-developed trading estates. As the business report for Lichtenberg shows, more than 100 new businesses were set up in the borough last year, which benefit from the historically evolved infrastructure. The steady upward development of the borough is confirmed by the historically low unemployment rate which promises stability without having to rely on the frenzy of trends and tourists seen in other boroughs. In fact, Lichtenberg scores with its native charm and warmth.
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