This multicultural district has everything Berliners love. Schöneberg is a district where diversity, creativity and elegance come together. As dynamic as it can be, peace and quiet are easy to find thanks to the many parks.
We’re starting our walk at Rathaus Schöneberg, where the West Berlin board was based during the Wall. After John F. Kennedey ended his speech on the balcony of the City Hall with the famous words “Ich bin ein Berliner”, the district became known all over the world. He wanted to emphasize the United States’ support for West Berlin in his speech. On 2 October 1990, the Freiheitsglocke (Liberty Bell) in the Rathaus announced the reunification of Germany.
Near Rathaus Schöneberg is the Rudolp-Wilde-Park, formerly known as Stadtpark Schöneberg. You get a nice view from the Carl Zuckmeyer Bridge. From runners and bikers to quiet walkers with their children or their dogs, the park is for everyone. There is also a fountain that can be seen from a distance. There is a nearly 9-meter-high column in the middle of the fountain with a golden deer on it. “Der Goldene Hirsch” is the armored animal of the Schöneberg region.
Stumbling stones, also known as Stolpersteine, are very common in Berlin. These stones lay in front of the former homes of those who were expelled, deported and murdered by the Nazis. It is a memorial for Jews, Sinti, Roma, political prisoners, homosexuals and many others who died as a result of Nazi atrocities. You will find the name, date of birth, date of deportation, location and date of death on the stones. There are more than 8.200 Stolpersteine in Berlin.
Berlin is known for its culinary diversity, and falafel is the most popular, cheap and vegetarian snack among Berliners. Falafel is almost as common in Berlin as currywurst. Habibi serves the best falafel and Lebanese fast food in Schöneberg.