The former noble district of East Berlin with its numerous Gründerzeit buildings has become a place of longing for young families. In the northern district of the capital you have excellent transport connections, exceptional shopping opportunities and the proximity to extensive green spaces. The 100-square-kilometre Pankow has a lot to offer, but above all: a lot of space for a good life.
The green north-east
If even Prenzlauer Berg is still too metropolitan for you, you will find happiness in the neighbouring district. In green Pankow, where the GDR elite once resided in noble villas, more and more young families are at home. In addition to a very convenient infrastructure, they appreciate the proximity to nature. Just behind the 34-hectare Botanical People’s Park, once the largest school garden in Berlin, begins the open landscape of the Barnim Nature Park in Brandenburg. The Berlin feeling can still be felt in Pankow, because Berlin’s most populous district with its 13 neighbourhoods has undergone a major transformation in the decades since the fall of the Wall: from an exclusive refuge for political celebrities to a lively middle-class residential area with exclusive lofts in the former malt house of the Schultheiss brewery and high-quality flats in the historic Garbáty cigarette factory. After many years of redevelopment, the Florakiez is one of the most popular residential areas in Berlin. Small, owner-operated shops, cafés, pubs and restaurants characterise this district of old buildings. The Bürgerpark Pankow offers idyllic cycling and walking paths, a park library and a rose garden. High quality schools, a low unemployment rate and high per capita and household incomes ensure a steady influx of residents in Pankow.
Highlights & Tips
Botanical Volkspark Pankow-Blankenfelde
A walk through the Botanical Volkspark is like a trip to the countryside. The extensive grounds gather rare plants, perennials and herbs, surrounded by natural woods and meadows. There is an apiary and a wildlife preserve and fields of sunflowers to pick yourself in summer. The “Café Mint” in one of the show greenhouses serves great cakes and very good coffee and tea.
There is also a castle in Pankow, built in 1621 by the Prussian noble family van Dohna. It took on its present form in the 18th century under Frederick the Great, who gave the castle to his wife Elisabeth Christine. She had it extended in the playful rococo style and used it as a summer residence. Today the castle is a museum where you can learn a lot about the history of the building. The beautiful palace park, through which the Panke River flows, is an inviting place for picnics and walks.
Café Suicide Sue
The smell of roasted coffee beans is in the air. The counter is filled with wholemeal breads, fresh sandwiches and homemade cakes. Café Suicide Sue at Dunckerstr. 2 invites you for coffee, cake and sandwiches and impresses with freshness, quality and a family atmosphere.
The art of sushi as in the Ginza of Tokyo in the enchanting oasis in the middle of lively Berlin-Pankow: Roji’s Japanese cuisine is light, wholesome, fine and powerful at the same time. The ingredients of individual dishes are handpicked according to the highest quality criteria and classic sushi creations are interpreted in a modern way.
Discover Pankow and its various properties
The metropolitan district
The former eastern district is a magnet for new Berliners from all over the world, and it is correspondingly young and lively here. There are plenty of restaurants and places to go out, a strong startup scene and many young families. There are still many open spaces here - the forecast for purchase and rental price development is correspondingly positive.
Idyll with city view
Falkensee in Brandenburg has experienced a real boom in recent years. Located in the idyllic Havelland region just outside Berlin, the green town on Falkenhagener See is a real family paradise with lots of nature, a growing cultural scene and an excellent infrastructure. And the capital is only a stone's throw away.
Cool, creative - always wanted
Berlin-Kreuzberg is a district full of contrasts. With its renovated old buildings and its diverse, international cultural scene, the district is a charming mix of idyll and casual savoir-vivre. Kreuzberg attracts young people, but also more and more young families - living here is correspondingly sought-after.
Cosmopolitan, the place to be
History in motion, that is Berlin-Mitte. Nowhere can you experience the Berlin feeling more directly than here, where Prussian history and GDR past meet pulsating life, modern art, culture and architecture. Mitte is the center of the capital: as multifaceted as the whole of Berlin.
Much more than an insider tip
The cozy, centrally located Moabit with its beautiful old buildings and quiet residential streets is gradually awakening from its slumber. The former working-class district has a lot of historic, mostly renovated buildings, a mature infrastructure with the best shopping opportunities and many cafés and restaurants. Moabit is back!
Scene neighborhood with 1,000 facets
The most international and diverse of all Berlin's boroughs: from the hip scene neighborhood in the north to the village idyll in southern Rudow and Britz, you'll find it all here. Neukölln, with its proximity to Tempelhofer Feld and the new Berlin airport, has experienced an unprecedented upswing in recent years - this is also reflected in the rising real estate prices.
Cosmopolitan, relaxed living
Germany's largest Wilhelminian quarter was an artists' quarter in GDR times. Today, "Prenzlberg" is a paradise for lovers of lavishly renovated old buildings and high-quality modern residential architecture. Gastronomic diversity, cozy squares with beautiful stores and a family-friendly infrastructure make the district extremely desirable.
Beautiful living in Berlin
It's nicer to live in Schöneberg. The mature district with its beautiful old buildings is home to numerous families, and at the same time there is still a lively neighborhood culture here. The new Gleisdreieckpark with its attractive modern residential development is a magnet for all those who like it green, relaxed and sporty even in the big city.
Green forests, lots of water and an old town
Almost like country life: The relaxed Spandau offers greenery, proximity to water, historically grown village centers and quite a lot of space. The former Slavic settlement on the western edge of Berlin is well connected to the inner-city districts - the metropolis can be reached quickly from Spandau, yet it is still quite far away.
Urban living in green
In Berlin's green center you live centrally and at the same time very relaxed. Here you will find modern architecture in the government district and around the main train station, lavishly renovated old buildings in the Lützow neighborhood and midcentury architectural monuments in the Hansa district. An attractive mix - surrounded by the city's green lung.
Green multicultural in the middle of Berlin
Now Wedding is really coming: The traditional working-class neighborhood characterized by diversity is now Berlin's youngest trendy district. Students and young families are discovering many new restaurants and cafés in the centrally located district, which borders Mitte and Prenzlauer Berg. With Volkspark Humboldthain, Wedding even has its own green oasis.
Noble life in new splendor
Berlin-Wilmersdorf is grown bourgeoisie. The shopping opportunities, theaters and restaurants are first class, people meet in specialty stores and at their favorite Italian restaurant. There are stately old buildings here as well as modern residences for the highest demands. You don't move away from Wilmersdorf, you arrive here.