Life is good in Berlin's Charlottenburg
Apart from being steeped in history, Berlin serves as the perfect city in which to settle down, thanks to a very competitive real estate market and affordable living. From world-class educational institutions, a bottomless list of activities, cool people, chilled vibe, an abundance of green space and a famous nightlife combined with affordable properties, Berlin offers fun, excitement and opportunities in abundance.
Is west really best?
Yet what makes Berlin truly unique are the different neighbourhoods and their specific characteristics. It's a city that offers something for everyone, and the key is to find what area is suited best for you. While the East/West divide is famous and the east of Berlin is very well known, there is no reason why you should not consider buying an apartment in Charlottenburg and starting a new life on the western side of the city. Let's discuss our top 9 reasons you should buy an apartment in Charlottenburg, Berlin.
1. Best of both worlds - quieter and sophisticated
While the east of Berlin is well-known for its vibrant, lively and alternative lifestyle, Charlottenburg in the west oozes sophistication and elegance and provides Berliners with a quieter place to reside. At the same time, it provides easy access to all other areas of the city, giving you the best of both worlds. Charlottenburg consists of tree-lined streets, classy parks, historic buildings and clean pavements. During the day you'll see all types of people, from all walks of life, while at night things quieten down. There are still plenty of chic bars and entertainment venues scattered around the neighbourhood though, so there's little risk of getting bored.
2. Close to Ku'damm and KaDeWe
When living in Charlottenburg, you're never far from the city’s most famous shopping area, Kurfürstendamm (Ku'damm for short). Ku'damm combines high-end designer stores with well-known high-street brands. Ku'damm is also home to KaDeWe (Kaufhaus des Westens), which is Berlin’s biggest department store and Europe's second largest. There you'll find practically everything you could possibly need, ranging from designer clothes and accessories, cutting-edge furniture and high-quality food produce. It’s great fun strolling down the lively high-street, taking in the sights, stores, people and restaurants, and checking out the area’s melting pots of tradition and modernity.
3. Close to Tiergarten
Another reason why you should start looking for apartments to buy in Charlottenburg is because of the area's proximity to Berlin's “green lungs” – Tiergarten. This vast, scenic park borders other amazing sights such as Potsdamer Platz and Brandenburg Gate, making it a great place to live close to. Living on the west side of Berlin you will find yourself becoming a frequent visitor to the park, since its extensive green lawns make it ideal for picnics, bike rides, jogging and family activities.
4. World-class museums and theatres.
The close proximity to top-notch museums and theatres is another reason why you should look to buy an apartment in Charlottenburg. Some of the best museums and galleries in this area include: Käthe Kollwitz Museum, Berggruen Museum, C/O Berlin, Helmut Newton Foundation, and Scharf-Gerstenberg Collection. Amazing theatres & cinemas include Zoo Palast, Cinema Paris, Filmkunst, Kant Kino, Deutsche Oper Berlin, and Die Wühlmäuse.
5. There are amazing Altbau apartments
When searching for apartments for sale in Berlin, you will probably picture historic and picturesque apartment blocks that are full to the brim with character and charm. Thankfully Charlottenburg is packed with these properties, otherwise known as Altbau apartments. This neighbourhood is a hotbed for some of the most attractive Altbau apartments in Berlin, which are characterised by a nostalgic beauty and quality construction. The average apartment price in Charlottenburg is approx. €4850/m2. You can find apartments of varying sizes and price in Charlottenburg here.
6. Charlottenburg Palace
If you are particularly lucky, you may also find available apartments near Charlottenburg Palace. Constructed in the late 1600s, the stunning Charlottenburg Palace was built as a summer residence for Sophie Charlotte, wife of King Frederick I of Prussia. Apart from being an essential element of Berlin's history, it is also one of the most impressive architectural pieces found in the city. The picturesque gardens add to the Palace’s glamour, not to mention its riverside location. It’s also a very peaceful place to spend a Sunday, where you can relax in the sun and explore the Christmas market that is there every December. Learn more about the neighbourhood around Schlossstrasse in Charlottenburg.
7. Good universities
Whether you want a place where you can advance your own knowledge, or where your children will have the best quality education, Charlottenburg has got you covered. It is near some of the most prestigious universities and colleges in Berlin which include the Berlin University of the Arts, ESCP - Europe Business School, FOM University of Applied Sciences, Technische Universität Berlin, bbw University of Applied Sciences, and SRH Berlin University of Applied Sciences.
8. Zoologischer Garten station & the Zoo
Concerned about public transport links from Charlottenburg? Well, this is the last thing you should worry about. The area is located near Zoologischer Garten station (also known as Bahnhof Zoo), just two stops from Berlin-Charlottenburg train station. Zoologischer Garten is a large train station that has access across the city and beyond. Charlottenburg is also well-connected thanks to the underground (U-Bahn) line U7 that goes from Spandau to the east, stopping at various stations in the south and east of the city, finally ending near Schönefeld Airport. You also have greats links if you continue going west from Charlottenburg to Grunewald, Wannsee and Potsdam. All are great destinations for city escapes, as they all have lakes, forest and old towns to explore.
9. Quick access to the Olympic Stadium
The famed 74,475-seater Olympic Stadium is situated in Charlottenburg, so it'll take no time at all to watch and cheer on one of Berlin's top-tier football teams Hertha Berlin, who play their home games at the stadium. You can also watch the German national team when they come to visit, not to mention a variety of international sporting events throughout the year. Plus, the next time the Olympics roll into Germany, you'll be in the prime location to watch all the action and feel the atmosphere.