Lichtenberg – Berlin in Microcosm

Few of Berlin’s boroughs are as heterogeneous as Lichtenberg. While period buildings dominate the heart of Lichtenberg, the northern part consists largely of prefab tower blocks and the southern part of well-appointed mansions. These types are supplemented by luxurious new-build projects on the lakefront of Rummelsburger Bucht. In a way, the borough represents a miniature version of Berlin as a whole. What accounts for the charm of this borough in eastern Berlin?

Most likely, it is the many different neighbourhoods, and the charming blend of urban flair and extensive green spaces, that has roused the borough from its beauty sleep. The vibrant Weitlingkiez quarter is complemented by the Kaskelkiez quarter with its boutique stores and galleries, which attracts young people and families above all. From here, you are only a short distance from Tierpark Friedrichsfelde, the largest open range zoo in Europe. Another popular day-trip destination is the Herzberge landscape park with its many hiking and biking trails.

The southern part of Karlshorst—often compared with the posh district of Dahlem in West-Berlin—is characterised by Belle Époque buildings and mansions with gardens, and serves as Lichtenberg’s green lung. Here, you are very close to the lake shore of popular Müggelsee and to Köpenick Palace. Like other parts of Lichtenberg, this area is defined by diversity, and tranquillity coexists with bustling activity: It is home to the renowned Treskowallee campus of the HTW University of Applied Sciences for Engineering and Economics.

This is a core location with parks and green spaces, public transport links that will take you swiftly into the centre of town, and the nearby riverbank that lends itself to extended walks and boat rides. With that in mind, who wouldn’t want to go explore Lichtenberg?

Over the past years, Lichtenberg has steadily evolved a positive image as the next boom borough in the eastern part of Berlin. As it straddles the boundary lines to the trendy districts of Friedrichshain and Prenzlauer Berg, Lichtenberg keeps gaining in popularity and attracting a growing inflow of new residents. Predictably, it has also moved into focus for flat hunters, and this despite the fact that rents and prices here have soared over the past two years. The area around Weitlingkiez is the second-priciest among the borough’s sub-districts, which is explained not least by the fact that it is the area with the highest number of construction projects in the borough. Lichtenberg as a whole is anyway considered the borough with the highest share of new-build developments as it accounts for roughly one of every four projects planned in Berlin.