Moabit: Period Flats Near the Riverbank
Cosmopolitan, creative, open-minded and multi-cultural – these are some of the attributes people elsewhere in the world associate with Berlin. As Germany’s largest city—and one of the largest cities in the European Union—Berlin is unique with its rich spectrum of different habitats that you will find on the levels of boroughs, quarters and neighbourhoods and that are subject to constant change. As a city that keeps growing, Berlin is deeply committed to this evolutionary process. And every year, a rising number of people inside and outside Germany want to be a part of it and adopt Berlin as their new home.
Tiergarten, a district inside the borough of Mitte and thus part of the historic town centre, remains the vibrant heartland of a city divided until its reunification in 1989, and it features some of its most beautiful highlights. Pleasure boats cruising the River Spree pass history-steeped and well-known sights on their way through this part of the inner city. Museum Island, Nikolaiviertel or the Cathedral are just some of them. In the government district, sight-seers get a fine view of the Reichstag building, the House of World Cultures and the architectural diversity of Hansaviertel.
Tourists, commuters and locals populate the vibrant centre of town any time of year, and it is actually expanding north of the central railway station where a residential and commercial quarter of 60 hectares called Europacity is under development. Opened in 2006 as an architectural feat, the central railway station is transport hub, shopping world and third place all wrapped into one, and it even features in Tom Tywker’s film “The International.”
Welcome to Moabit, an Island in Berlin-Tiergarten
The borough of Mitte also includes the sub-district of Moabit, whose location invests it with a unique atmosphere. The river and canals that surround it make it arguably a self-contained island in the middle of the city, and locals certainly see it that way. There are 25 bridges to help pedestrians, motorists and public transport vehicles cross the various waterways. One of the best-known of them is Steinbrücke with its four bronze bears.
The island-like sub-district in the heart of Berlin is also a cultural oasis because of its many cultural venues and events. Among them are the Slaughterhouse Club, the Fabriktheater playhouse, a cinema and a concert hall at Kulturfabrik Moabit inside a former factory building. Hamburger Bahnhof, a former 19th century railway station, houses the Museum of Contemporary Art now while the former Schultheiss brewery was recently turned into a shopping centre. Arminius-Markthalle is one of several historic market halls spread across the city that combine vendors of regional produce and delicatessen with gastronomic venues and small boutique stores.
And there is so much more to discover. The “Raumstation”—German for “space station”—is a co-working place inside a former porcelain factory, and elsewhere you will come across the last remaining red phone booth from the days when this district was inside the British occupation zone. Like in many of Berlin’s urban quarters, you get a keen sense of the city’s cosmopolitan spirit in multi-cultural Moabit, especially along its high streets Turmstrasse and Beusselstrasse. Demand for housing in the inner city is growing steadily. That Moabit, too, has attracted increased demand is explained by the unique way in which it combines relative isolation with centrality and outstanding transport links. Acquiring a condominium here promises a sheltered island-like life in the middle of the metropolis, and will surely prove a profitable investment in your own future.