Tempelhof-Schöneberg is the seventh borough of Berlin. It is found to the south of the centre of the city. This is a borough of contrasts. It is both a modern, multicultural city and a rustic area steeped in history. Tempelhof is very much an industrial and residential area while Schöneberg is very much a commercial and retail hub, with a strong emphasis on the services industry. It was here, at the Town Hall, that the President of the United States, John F. Kennedy uttered the famous words, ‘Ich bin ein Berliner’ – a well meaning statement that said he was a sort of doughnut. This region can take you on a tour through the history of the city, whilst also being an exciting and vibrant centre for entertainment, with a thriving LGBT scene with a multicultural feel. This area has been home to a number of famous people over the years – Marlene Dietrich, Billy Wilder, David Bowie – all have found a place here.
Here you can go on a tour of the largest continuous building in Europe at Tempelhof Airport, and see the airlift and ‘raisin bombers’ there. Visit places of remembrance in the former Jewish District around Bayerische Platz. Look through a telescope to see the wonders of our universe at the Sternwarte am Insulaner Observatory. Experience the bars, restaurants, cafes and shops of Schoneberg, where the people came to dance and have fun in the 19th Century and which can take you back through 150 plus years of modern tradition. The gay and lesbian area around Nollendorfplatz with its hip establishments was popular as a meeting place way back in the roaring 1920s. UFA Fabrik may not have such a long history, but it has been a centre of art and culture for thirty years. The Amber Suite and Goya Club are well known nightlife offerings. This area is well off in terms of shopping too. There is the famous KaDeWe department store, the largest store in mainland Europe and there are plenty more shops around Akazienstrasse and Winterfeldmarkt. Tempelhofer Hafen is the only shopping centre in Berlin with direct access to the water.
There are plenty of places to stay in this borough. Here are some of your options:
Hotel Alt-Tempelhof: This hotel is right at the heart of a the action and yet is good for those who arrive by car as the hotel is outside the pollution-free zone. It is close to S-bahn Tempelhof with its excellent transport links to the rest of the city.
Mercure Hotel Berlin Tempelhof Airport: This four star hotel is close to the historic Tempelhof airport. This hotel is conveniently located and has excellent transport links which make it easy to see all the main attractions.
Hotel Landhaus Alpinia: This hotel in the south Berlin district of Mariendorf is a traditional suburban hotel. It dates from the early 1900s and has a calm German restaurant and beer garden as well as other facilities.
Aparthotel Stein: This charming hotel in the south of the city has excellent transport links and is close to a number of international fine-dining restaurants.
Hotel Schöneberg: This comfortable three star hotel is close to the Schoneberg Town Hall where JFK made his famous speech. It has a modern ambience and is delightfully located in one of the most beautiful quarters of the city.
Sorat Hotel Ambassador Berlin: Berlin and the KaDeWe are on you doorstep when you stay at this fun hotel on a small street right beside Wittenberg Platz. This hotel has a classic and unpretentious style.
Alper Hotel: This hotel is in an enviable central position on Potsdamer Strasse, about five minutes walk away from the famous Potsdamer Platz. All the city’s major attractions are within easy reach.
Berliner Baer Hotel Berlin: This three star hotel is located right next to the theme park called Tempelhofer Freiheit. It is also very close to the fascinating historic attractions of Tempelhof Aiport.
Lindeman’s: This stylish hotel in Schöneberg is said to be great value for money. It is easy to get from here into the city centre by bus, or by S-bahn.
Hotel Hackbarth: This small, family run hotel is located towards the green southern outskirts of the city and is a calm place of escape to retreat to after a day sightseeing in the city.
ArtHotel Connection GmbH: This elegant and charming grande dame is a ‘herero-friendly’ gay hotel in a quiet and leafy street in Schöneberg, a stone throw from Nollendorfsplatz and the other attractions of the area.
Novum Hotel Aldea Berlin Zentrum: This is an extremely well situated hotel in a very central location between Potsdamerplatz and Ku-damm, with direct underground connection to all the main sites.
Alte Dorfaue: This hotel is in the quaint, picturesque and village-like Mariandorf area. It offers good food and pleasantly rural surroundings and yet it is still relatively easy to travel to the centre of Berlin.
BB Hotel: From this centrally located hotel it is easy to walk to KaDeWe, Ku’damm and other main attractions. The forty eight rooms are located in a pleasing art nouveau building.
Ellington Hotel Berlin: Within a listed building from the 1920s, this hotel offers a central location and simple elegance of style and design combined with exemplary service.
Hotel Atlas Berlin: Located in the quiet street not far from the Bundesplatz S-bahn, this hotel is comfortable and modern and offers the change to explore all surrounding districts.
Hotel Ambiente: This family run hotel is located in the Schöneberg District just ten minutes walk from the famous KaDeWe department store and five minutes walk from Nollendorfplatz, situated at the heart of the district.
The northern parts of this diverse borough are perfect for those interested in sightseeing, shopping and nightlife, while further south there are areas that offer a far more tranquil and relaxing experience at one remove from the riot and noise of the city centre.