While Kreuzberg basks in the limelight of being Berlin’s so called ‘coolest’ suburb, Neukölln maintains a more humble stance. Located in the south east of the city, it has a large immigrant population and much of its character is due to the many middle eastern people who have made their home there.
The air along Sonnennallee, one of Neukölln’s main thoroughfares, is fragrant with sheesa and kebab smells and almost every street has a shop-like room, filled with middle eastern locals playing cards, watching sports and old movies on TV and drinking tea together, just like back home.
Around the corner in Weserstrasse Spanish, Italian, French and Australian voices drift over you as you stroll past bars filled with young creative types, drinking coffee or wine, drumming away on laptops writing blogs, or curled up on a corner sofa reading a book.
Few visitors get to the place where it all began and historic Rixdorf is well worth a visit. The area around Richardplatz was one of Berlin’s earliest villages, dating back to the 14th century. A stroll from Rathaus Neukölln to Richardplatz wil take you past some of Berlin’s most beautiful buildings such as Rathaus Neukölln (town hall), the Stadtbad Neukölln (indoor baths) and the Rixdorf village church.
Neukölln is bordered by canals and parks, sprinkled with historic town halls, castles and squares and filled with people and food from across the globe. Strangely it seems to also be where most of Berlin’s dog owners live! You won’t see the glamour and sparkle of cosmopolitan living here but you will definitely experience a part of modern European life.