Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf investors guide
A bourgeois district and the center of the former West Berlin. It´s the place to go shopping of world renowned standard and because of the many stages as well the center of entertainment and culture with a long tradition. The hassle bustle , which is so common for a capital city, can easily be left behind: between Kantstrasse and Kurfürstendamm, as well as between Kaiserdamm and Olympiastadion, one can find very comfortable residential areas, not far from the city lakes, forest areas and a picturesque Schlossgarten.
The exclusive Kurfürstendamm, in Berlin slang simply called Ku´damm, hosts the stores of almost all the world famous brands and designers of luxury articles varying from Italian shoes to Mercedes Cabriolet, as well as the best hotels of the city. The Tauentzienstrasse is the street that connects to the Ku´damm, doesn´t the name sound familiar? Nevertheless you surely know it, because this is the street where the heart of the City-West beats and where the imposing Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche stands. Because of, or in spite of, the missing roof it´s the most photographed object of Berlin. Only a few meters away, the next highlight makes its entrée, the honorable KaDeWe, the largest department store in Europe widely known for its up market assortment and large range, not equalized yet.
Nevertheless it would be unfair to downsize this district to its shopping assortment only, than more diverse than this a district hardly can be.
If we would take a look at Charlottenburg from a cultural point of view, the wide range of famous stages immediately occur, like the Theater des Westens, Komödie am Ku´Damm or the exciting Renaissancetheater as well as the Deutsche Oper, the second largest in Germany. On top of this an enormous amount of smaller theaters, old style honorable and modern cinemas, jazz clubs, cafés, galleries present themselves. Especially favorable is the area around the gaudy Savignyplatz which has this air of Paris about it.
The universities contribute to give this district a younger charm, especially the TU-Berlin and the famous UDK (university of arts). Covering an area between Zoo station and Ernst-Reuter-Platz, they have the largest inner city campus of Europe.
Would you want to take your loved one to an outdoor activity, visit the city zoo or the historical baroque garden of the Charlottenburg palace. And then afterwards one could go for a picnic at the water side of the picturesque Lietzensee or at the river side of the Spree.
In case you like to travel by car as much as you can do without it, in both cases Charlottenburg is a good place to live. The tightly woven web of public transport for both under and above ground railway services, with two of the largest stations of the city and various bus lines, for example with direct connection to the new airport BBI and the central station, offers plenty of travel possibilities. If you prefer to travel into another district or explore the surrounding area of Berlin by car, take advantage of the excellent connections to the inner city highway which downsizes the large distances of this big city to several minutes.
Still, the list with the many qualities and attractions of this one of a kind district are not complete. Another highlight is the Olympic stadium, an architectural monument not only because of its size, aesthetics and rich history, but as well because it hosts the most successful football club of Berlin: Hertha BSC.
Other impressive architectural buildings are the exhibition centre, the Funkturm (radio tower) and the International Congress Center, ICC. In this terrain a diversity of fairs, concerts and events take place, among which the largest travel fair of the world (ITB).
The names of the different residential areas in this district differ just as much as their characters. Westend, in the neighborhood of the Olympic stadium, Kurfürstendamm and its surroundings, Bismarckstrasse or Nord-Charlottenburg with its palace, are all exclusive and fantastic locations. These areas offer a wide range of high class real estate, from quiet living in a detached villa to an apartment in a lively shopping street, from a modern house block to renovated period buildings.
Charlottenburg is regarded as a high-end district, which has, in opposition to districts as Zehlendorf or Steglitz, a wide variety of local amenities, urban lifestyle and all together perhaps the most variable mixture of all the districts in Berlin.