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  1. Christiane Beckham
    November 13, 2023 @ 1:54 am

    So interesting that in all the recent discussions on Berlin…Lichterfelde is never mentioned. I was born near there…spend the first 6 months of my life there with my grandfather and new parents before moving to America. I returned when I was 12. It was a lovely area and I cherish the many memories of living in that neightborhood and all of the various landings at nearby Tempelhof airport.

    Is it just because this area is still an upper middle class residential neightboorhood? Shame not to share this treasure with the rest of the world.


    • Ali Garland, Berlin expert & long term resident
      November 13, 2023 @ 4:18 pm

      Hi Christiane, nothing to do with “class” or anything like that. Lichterfelde is quite far from the center of Berlin and not ideal for most tourists. It’s also not near Tempelhof, even the north end of that district is still about 7km from the southern edge of Tempelhof park/airport, so I’m not sure what you mean by that. I’m sure it’s a lovely district to live in, but I don’t recommend tourists stay that far from the center for various reasons. It’s very residential, so there aren’t a lot of options for eating out, which most tourists need since they’re staying in hotels. And most people would prefer not to spend 30 minutes one way on transport to get to the attractions, so it’s more realistic to stay in the center of Berlin.


  2. Deon
    February 27, 2024 @ 12:13 pm

    Dear Ali,

    Your recommendations are indeed appreciated, especially as I will be visiting Germany from South Africa as a solo (mature) traveller – for 14 days.

    Please share your thoughts about booking a hotel in Schoenberg.

    In addition to wanting to see all the “bucket lists” offerings in Berlin, I am a keen culture vulture, walker, runner, hiker, reader, nature lover and spiritualist. I have a deep interest in history and the arts, particularly period architecture. I’d also like to experience a local full-day river cruise, wine tasting and some off-the-beaten-track adventures.

    I look forward to any advice that you may have for me. Please feel free to make suggestions that will help me better prepare for a memorable stay in Germany. I’m also looking at making day trips, for example, to Dresden. Please tell me if it is safe to travel by train across Germany’s cities.


    • Ali Garland, Berlin expert & long term resident
      February 27, 2024 @ 4:02 pm

      Hi Deon! Schöneberg is a nice neighborhood, just not a lot of sightseeing for most people. If you decide to stay somewhere in this district, I’d recommend the northern part of it because it is closer to the attractions, but for a two week stay like you’re doing, it’s probably not quite as important since you can take your time. But since some of this district goes out into zone B, I think that is probably a bit too far from the center for most people. If you look at the outline of the district on the map here you can see a really big highway interchange (100 and 103) so I wouldn’t recommend staying south of that simply because you’ll be too far from the center.

      Traveling by train is safe in Germany. Use common sense and make sure you know where your luggage is, but it is safe. I don’t have a German drivers license, so I travel around the country by train a lot and I’ve never had any problems.

      Check out my list of day trips from Berlin, as well as info for doing a day trip from Berlin to Dresden.

      There are sooooo many things to do in Berlin that fit with what you’re interested in. Check out my start here page for an idea of what your options are. I don’t know of any full day river cruises, but this one is 2.5 hours on the Spree River, and this one is 3.5 hours and goes out to Muggelsee, the biggest lake in Berlin. For more nature, check out some parks in Berlin and suggestions for outdoor activities. And here are some hidden gems and quirky things to do in Berlin.

      I hope this helps get you started, there’s tons of info on the site to help you plan what to do in Berlin!


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