Lichtenberg’s ten subdistricts are quite diverse. It offers everything from a harness racing track to the Tierpark zoo, large housing estates, green oases, villas and lakes. More and more families with children have moved to Lichtenberg over the past few years. Here the apartments are less expensive than in the neighbourhoods inside the circular S-Bahn train line (the “Ring”). Moreover, regardless of whether you live in one of the district’s central neighbourhoods or closer to the outskirts, good S-Bahn and underground connections as well as trams ensure easy travel to other parts of Berlin.
The Lichtenberg subdistrict offers few indications that its history goes all the way back to the 13th century. And that Lichtenberg grants town privileges in 1907. Here, in the western part of the district, the prefabricated housing estates along Frankfurter Allee set the tone.
Herzberge landscape park offers a pleasant contrast just to the north. This features ponds, sheep grazing meadows, orchards and biotopes. Thus creates an atmosphere that combines agriculture, nature conservation and opportunities for local recreation. The Weitlingkiez neighbourhood is located south of Frankfurter Allee, right next to Lichtenberg railway station. Not far from here, you can also find the Victoriastadt neighbourhood. Old buildings dominate both of these neighbourhoods. The buildings upgrade significantly. This according to district officials, leads to replacing nearly all the residents.
To the south lies the Rummelsburger Bucht bay neighbourhood and its many town houses that offer a pleasant residential atmosphere on the water, not to far from the centre of the capital. Further east towards the outskirts of the city is Karlshorst, with a historical centre that has a provincial feel and charm made all the more pronounced by the presence of old villas. Karlshorst has also been the site of new construction in recent years. However, plans to further build up the area directly next to the harness racing track have been met with opposition by those concerned with nature conservation and ensuring sufficient areas of fresh air in the neighbourhood.
It was exactly 50 years ago that the cornerstone for the first contiguous large housing estate of prefabricated buildings in the GDR was laid in the Lichtenberg subdistrict of Fennpfuhl. This estate remains one of the most densely populated neighbourhoods in Berlin. The large housing estates of Hohenschönhausen are located in the northern part of Lichtenberg. Around 57,000 people live in Hohenschönhausen. As you reach the northern edges of Lichtenberg, which border on Brandenburg, the atmosphere turns rather rural. For example, the Malchow, Wartenberg and Falkenberg subdistricts are dotted with agricultural settlements containing houses and farm buildings from the Gründerzeit.
Whether it’s densely built-up urban areas or a provincial feel and charm, old buildings or new residential developments: Lichtenberg’s subdistricts have a lot to offer, including good transport connections.
Families with children are also increasingly starting to appreciate the multifaceted quality of life that Lichtenberg has to offer.