A Shining Light in the East: Lichtenberg

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Lichtenberg is a rising star amongst Berlin’s districts, which shows huge potential for growth in coming years. The former working-class neighbourhood in Berlin’s East has undergone significant changes in recent times. It is far enough from the bustling city centre to provide a quieter, more peaceful lifestyle, yet close enough that everything is within easy reach. There is plenty of green space along the banks of the Spree at Rummelsburg, and several museums and monuments to its former history as part of East Germany. The extensive residential areas offer a large number of attractive Altbau buildings, and the affordable prices have made Lichtenberg an appealing alternative for many. Accordingly, the area has seen the highest population growth in the city, and is expected to continue to grow considerably in coming years.

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Culture & Lifestyle
The culture in Lichtenberg is defined by several things: its neighbours (particularly Friedrichshain to the west and Marzahn to the east) and its history as a working-class district. In small, trendy enclaves, like Kaskelkiez or Weitlingkiez, you can sit and drink a coffee in attractive surroundings, and several of Berlin’s hippest clubs are close by.
Many of the disused industrial buildings are being repurposed as artists’ studios, and there is a large student population.
Elsewhere, Lichtenberg has a much more suburban, family-friendly character. Add to this a large Vietnamese community centred around Lichtenberg’s “Asiatown”, and the result is a surprisingly varied and dynamic district.
Nature
Though it may lack a single, large, standout park or natural area, Lichtenberg is dotted with a wide variety of green spaces throughout.
Rummelsburg, along the southern border of the district, is a beautiful water-side location, running alongside the picturesque edge of an inlet of the River Spree.
Other green highlights include Fennpfuhlpark, an extensive network of trails and lawns set around a large pond, Oberseepark, which dates back over a hundred years, and Malchower See, a lake set in beautiful natural surroundings.
Economics
Lichtenberg is well-placed to compete with other districts in terms of business and economy. At 1,200 hectares, Berlin Eastside is the largest industrial and commercial area of the city, shared between Lichtenberg and neighbouring Marzahn. This project covers a total of 15 business parks, with more than 2,500 companies from a variety of different industries.
Lichtenberg also has a sizeable student population, thanks to its four universities, including the University of Applied Sciences and the Berlin School of Economics and Law.

Lichtenberg's Highlights

Schloss Friedrichsfelde

Early classicist palace, dating to 1685

Falkenberger Rieselfelder

Stroll among wonderful flora and fauna in this nature reserve

Dong Xuan Center

Traditional Vietnamese cuisine in the heart of Asiatown

Tierpark

Europe's largest adventure animal park

Schrotkugelturm

Designed after medieval towers in northern Italy

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