The history of the district Schöneberg is inextricably linked with the history of whole Berlin. Long before the incorporation of the district took place, Schöneberg had already been situated in the radius of influence of Berlin, that's why the urban architecture can be found in the whole district.
After 1948 the town hall became office of the Berlin house of representatives and in the era of the German division it represented the symbol of politic autonomy. This was the place where in 1963 John F. Kennedy said his famous sentence "Ich bin ein Berliner", that was acclaimed a lot by the West Berlin people who -at that time- were walled in. Today still the liberty bells ring at high noon. Who rents a vacation apartment in Berlin Schöneberg will experience this district as a fancy nightlife area with a whiff of bourgeoisie touch.
Simultaneously with the construction of the elevated railway station Nollendorfplatz in 1906 the theatre at the Nollendorfplatz developed, too, in which occasionally Bertholt Brecht was working on the dramatization.
Im 1930 the theatre was replaced by a cinema in which the first performance of the movie "All Quiet On The Western Front" took place. The movie was a big contrast to the NS ideology, so it caused an act of sabotage with stink bombs and white mice.
These days, the theatre is being reconstructed into a night club for the higher society. Just 200m away the Winterfeldtplatz is located, which is considered the centre of the bar and café scene of Berlin.
In contrast, at the fountains and the collonade of the Viktoria-Luise-Platz everything is a bit more burgeois. This area is characterized by the mansions and magnificent buildings of the founding period. It remained the war nearly unscathed what enables us to gain an insight into the dignified style of the city Schöneberg before its incorporation in 1920.
The Tauentzienstraße as the eastern extension of the Ku'damm (Kurfürstendamm) and with more than 8000 pedestrians per hour is the highest-frequented street in Berlin.
Next to a big subsidiary of Peek & Cloppenburg and the "Nike-Town" we can also find the "Kaufhaus des Westens" (mall of the west) , KaDeWe for short. With its sales area of 60.000 m² it is the biggest mall in Europe! Especially the gourmet floor on the 6th floor with delicacies from all over the world is very popular.
A guest in a vacation apartment in Berlin Schöneberg has a perfect connection to the rest of Berlin. The metro lines U1, U2, U7 as well as the ring lines S41/S42 cross Schöneberg in east-west direction, whereas the north-south connections are guaranteed by the U4, S1 and S2.