Berlin-Neukölln – Eclectic and Exciting
Neukölln is like a microcosm that mirrors the rich diversity of Germany's first city. The borough's five districts are as different as the cultures that dominate them. Northern Neukölln is one of the most densely settled areas of the city. It offers a metropolitan flair and attractive Belle Époque buildings. The southern part, by contrast, is suburban and almost rural with its single-family detached homes and extensive greenery if it was not for the modern tower blocks right next to them. On the barely 45 square kilometres of Neukölln, you will find every aspect of big city life.
Even and especially the cosmopolitan character of Berlin is reflected in this exciting borough: It is home to more than 160 different nationalities, each of them contributing new ideas and impulses. Each year, in late June, the “48 Hours in Neukölln” art and cultural festival presents an opportunity to flaunt them, as the entire northern end of Neukölln turns into an artist colony open to everyone. But the borough also has plenty of culture to offer any other time of year, with venues including an opera house, numerous galleries and theatres, museums and cinemas, and community playhouses in backyards, bars and comedy pubs.
During the warm time of year, a number of parks large and small encourage outdoor activities of every sort. The garden landscape of Britzer Garten celebrates each season with its own festival and flower extravaganza. Volkspark Hasenheide is great for amateur sports while also featuring an animal enclosure and an open-air cinema in the summertime. Not least, the borough is dotted with hidden green gems like Körnerpark. Collectively, the ubiquitous greenery creates a great micro-climate, despite the population and traffic density, and this is true even for the most populous sub-districts, Nord-Neukölln and Gropiusstadt.
Neukölln is also one of the youngest boroughs of Berlin. Its average of 1.44 child per adult resident is virtually unrivalled in the city. Moreover, the urban north end of Neukölln greatly appeals to students, artists and young entrepreneurs, whereas the parochial southern part attracts young families who are looking for a quiet green residential area to raise a family without having to accept long commutes. Both factors have ensured the continuous growth of the borough's population. All of which makes buying a condominium in Neukölln an excellent forward-looking investment – in a future as auspicious as that of Berlin itself.