Moabit: Period Flats Near the Riverbank
Cosmopolitan, creative, open-minded and multicultural – these are common attributes of Berlin. Being 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 keep evolving. And a growing number of people inside and outside Germany want to be a part of it every year 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 aspects. 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 good 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, the central railway station is transport hub, shopping world and third place all wrapped into one, and it even features in the film “The International” of German director Tom Tykwer.
Welcome to Moabit, an Island in Berlin-Tiergarten
The borough of Mitte also includes the sub-district of Moabit, which has a unique atmosphere due to its location. The river and canals that surround Moabit within the Tiergarten district make it resemble 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.
In a nod to the many cultural venues and events here, Moabit also bears the moniker “culture island.” Among them are the Slaughterhouse Club, the Fabriktheater playhouse, a cinema and 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 found throughout the city that combine vendors of regional produce and delicatessen with gastronomic venues and small boutique stores.
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 residential accommodation in the inner city is growing steadily. That Moabit, too, has attracted increased demand for condominiums is explained by its central location, the well-defined social structure and infrastructure and the outstanding transport links to surrounding areas.
This is where Erasmushöfe, a complex combining residential and commercial units, is located on Erasmusstrasse, a quiet street that gets little traffic. It lies in direct proximity to the high streets Turmstrasse and Beusselstrasse, and benefits from a well-developed infrastructure that include four primary schools, day nurseries, a number of sports and social clubs, plenty of restaurants as well as cultural venues. Living in a condominium inside a multi-unit dwelling in this area means to be embedded in this charming little island in the heart of Berlin.