Temporary accommodation in Charlottenburg is the order of the day. After a long sleep, the centre of City West has awoken to new life again. The area around the Bahnhof Zoo has undergone a facelift and many new hotspots have been created. The Kudamm avenue also continues the splendour of the old days. The cheap shops, however, have disappeared.
Living, going out, shopping, in Charlottenburg is stylish. Exclusive and good bourgeois, yet younger and less stuffy than a few years ago.
Charlottenburg - Living yesterday and today
In Charlottenburg, your dreams of living come true. Charlottenburg was once the richest city in Prussia, before it was incorporated into Berlin in 1920.
As early as the 19th and early 20th centuries, both the wealthy and the avant-garde - artists, intellectuals and writers - were drawn to the West. Far away from the factories and the bad air. Before World War I, 120 millionaires lived on Kudamm.
Many streets with splendid old buildings were built, which still characterize the street scene in many parts of Charlottenburg today.
The equipment of the Charlottenburg apartment buildings was luxurious: elevators, central heating, marble baths. Many apartments had 5 or more rooms and were up to 300 m² in size.
Are you looking for a luxurious Beletage apartment in an old building? In Charlottenburg you will find what you are looking for.
Follow in the footsteps of famous residents of Charlottenburg and stroll from Savignyplatz through the side streets of Kurfürstendamm, which are among the most sought-after residential areas in Berlin. Discover the many small boutiques, antique shops, bookshops and immerse yourself in the Kiez atmosphere.
How to live in Charlottenburg
The former villa colony in the Westend, named after the London model, is a little more tranquil. In the middle of the city, yet with a countryside atmosphere, you will find Lietzensee, one of the preferred locations in Charlottenburg. The gardens invite you to go for a pleasant walk or jog. Do you like Asian food? Kantstraße is the Asia Town of Berlin. Here you will find a variety of Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Chinese restaurants and snack bars.
Art, Culture and Sightseeing
Charlottenburg has been a modern art metropolis since the empire. The Berlin Secession, which included Max Beckmann, Max Slevogt, Käthe Kollwitz and Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, exhibited here for the first time. Many artists were supported by mostly Jewish patrons from the Charlottenburg bourgeoisie. The works of the Berlin Secession can now be seen in the Bröhan Museum. Other important museums are the Berggruen Museum, one of the most important museums of classical modernism in the world, and the Museum of Photography with the Helmut Newton Foundation.
Berlin's largest opera house, the Deutsche Oper, is also located in Charlottenburg. The same goes for the traditional cinema, the Zoopalast. Take a trip back in time to the great cinemas and enjoy unforgettable film evenings with plenty of legroom and service.
Not everyone who rents for a limited period of time wants to cook for themselves. In Charlottenburg, this is not a problem. There are many stylish restaurants here, such as the legendary Paris Bar. Here it is not only a matter of cultivated food, but also of seeing and being seen. The society meets in Grosz, whose interior is reminiscent of a coffee house from the turn of the century. If you are looking for culture and like it idyllically, the Literature House in Fasanenstraße is the right place for you.
Do you like Asian food? Kantstrasse is the Asia Town of Berlin. Here you will find a variety of recommendable Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Chinese restaurants. The small Korean snack Sonkitchen is an insider tip.
Sport and Wellness
In the wellness area of the Aspira Sport and Fitness Club you can leave the stress of the big city behind you. You can wrap up your day by lying on the roof terrace with a smoothie and enjoy the incomparable view over West Berlin. A special event is a visit to the Guerlain Spas at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. Enjoy a wellness treatment and then relax in the cloudy pool.
The Guerlain Spa also offers short-term memberships starting from one month. Ideal for all those who live in Berlin for a limited time.
The listed Charlottenburg City Pool, built in 1896-98 in Art Nouveau style, is Berlin's oldest indoor swimming pool. Swim here early in the morning in 30 degrees warm water in a historic ambience.
Charlottenburg is a green district with a multitude of parks and green areas. The most important parks are the Schlosspark Charlottenburg, Jungfernheide and the Lietzensee park.
Berlin's oldest preserved park is Schlosspark Charlottenburg that belongs to the Schloss Charlottenburg. Large sunbathing lawns, numerous ponds, moats and playgrounds invite you to linger.
Volkspark Jungfernheide, the second largest park in the capital, extends over an area of 146 hectares. Highlight of the park is the 38 meter high water tower and some century old oaks and beeches.
The listed Lietzenseepark, on the other hand, impresses visitors with its cascades. Its old tree population, many sunbathing lawns and especially the central location not far from the Berlin Trade Fair Centre characterises the park.
Kurfürstendamm is Berlin's most famous shopping mile. Here you will find a large number of designer and luxury boutiques, as well as shops in the middle price segment.
Bikini Berlin’ is another attraction of the City-West. Here you will find an interesting new concept shopping mall with an attached food court. Don't forget to also visit the huge terrace. From here you have a great view of the zoo.