CHARLOTTENBURG – A GEM OF A DISTRICT IN THE HEART OF WEST BERLIN

Welcome to Charlottenburg! Condominiums near Kurfürstendamm

Charlottenburg—the showpiece district of West Berlin—is living testimony to the diversity of architectural history. Late nineteenth-century mansions and stately Art Nouveau houses rub shoulders with Neue Sachlichkeit and post-war modernity, adding variety to the streetscape of Charlottenburg. Kurfürstendamm, the high-street boulevard and promenade well known beyond the city’s boundaries, runs through the district like a dais of elegance and urbanity. It is lined by a string of fine-dining restaurants and luxury boutiques. Supplemented by theatres, cinemas and modern office schemes, they combine the glamour of the former West Berlin with the esprit of the young and dynamic city of today.

In northern Charlottenburg lies what is probably the best-known horticultural ensemble in the borough: Charlottenburg Palace with its museum and the palace grounds landscaped in the baroque style. Flower beds, winding paths, and streams fed by the River Spree traverse the park. It is a lovely place any time of year for spending quiet hours while never far from the urban bustle. Virtually across the street from the Palace lies a cluster of museums, including such prominent collections as Museum Berggruen, Bröhan-Museum, Sammlung Scharf-Gerstenberg and Villa Oppenheim at the nearby Schustehruspark.
 

Charlottenburg – a District between Tradition and Modernity

In the eastern part of the district, where the River Spree meets Landwehrkanal, you will find a more modern side of Charlottenburg. Ernst-Reuter-Platz is fringed by office high-rises and a number of buildings belonging to the University of Technology, which is known for its innovative science and research. From this square, a grand avenue, Strasse des 17. Juni, runs the length of the Tiergarten parklands, the green heart of Berlin.

Continuing in a southern direction, you pass by the zoo and its aquarium on your way to Breitscheidplatz with the conspicuous landmark of Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. This is the epicentre of Charlottenburg’s urban bustle. Neighbouring streets are lined by one fashion multiple after another, with hotels of various categories mixed in to accommodate visitors. Another landmark here is the protected Bikini building, which reopened after careful redevelopment in 2014 to offer a new shopping concept that combines show rooms with food stores and pop-up stores, and which is now one of the hot spots of this young and dynamic metropolis. In general, Charlottenburg’s distinct character is defined by a mix of traditional and newly created gastronomic venues and stores that harmoniously coexist and therefore attract a wide spectrum of locals and visitors. Inversely, the dense local transportation network permits forays from here into neighbouring districts, which are only a short ride on the underground or rapid transit train away. But the immediate proximity of the Zoo railway station also puts long-distance train service to other parts of Germany within easy reach.

The district of Charlottenburg is considered a good residential area end to end. The development of condominiums and the conversion of former rental apartment buildings is not a recent trend but has been ongoing for some time. Thus, Charlottenburg is one of the fastest selling districts and one of the most coveted ones in the city. At the moment, roughly one in every five condominiums for sale in Berlin is located in Charlottenburg, with prices following a steady upward trend, and demand persistently outpacing supply.

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