Once you get past the hustle and bustle of Bahnhof Zoo and the famed Ku’damm (Kurfürstendamm) shopping strip, this west-end district’s genteel reputation pretty much holds true. Charlottenburg is the place to go for a taste of a more classic Berlin beyond the trends.
As neighbors themselves, Prenzlauer Berg and Friedrichshain couldn’t be more different! Once home to East Berlin’s punk scene, Prenzlauer Berg has completely transformed itself into a comfortably yuppie neighborhood of cafés and markets, boutiques and baby strollers. Friedrischain, on the other hand, is a neighborhood with a bit of a split personality: Some blocks are a hotbed of anti-establishmentarianism and squat houses; others are lined with trendy eateries and EasyJetsetters.
Neukölln is what travel articles often euphemistically refer to as “gritty.” Kreuzberg’s even trendier neighbor to the south, this neighborhood is indeed a bit rough around the edges, but works it well. A young demographic, bars galore, and a diverse migrant community keep things lively around here.