Berlin Lichtenberg: development and life in the district

Lichtenberg has really spruced itself up in recent years and has gone from being an outsider to an absolute top contender, especially in terms of residential attractiveness. This is also evidenced by the permanently increasing influx of new residents. Young families, artists and trendy people are increasingly drawn to the east of the capital. In addition, Berlin's largest Vietnamese community calls Lichtenberg home and completes the cityscape characterized by diversity. Furthermore, the good connections to the city center as well as the increased settlement of companies from various industries ensure increasing popularity, especially among employees. Thus, the international and young population is increasingly proving to be a financially strong buyer class and is contributing to the positive value development.

In the following chapters, we will show you the advantages of Lichtenberg, which we will gladly back up with a few meaningful facts and figures.

Real Estate Market in Berlin Lichtenberg

Lichtenberg's real estate is as diverse as its residents: In addition to the typical GDR slab, delightful old buildings exude charm. For some years now, this range has been supplemented by modern new construction projects. While the district had to contend with a large vacancy rate until a few years ago, it is now enjoying increasing popularity. This is due not least to the real estate market. While real estate prices in most districts of Berlin have risen rapidly in recent years, a rather moderate increase can be observed in Lichtenberg so far. Opportunity knocks.

Existing buildings

Average rental prices

9

EUR / m²

+9.10%

Average purchase prices

4,305

EUR / m²

+13.49%

Rental offers

458

-33.26%

Purchase offers

179

-11.19%

New builds

Average rental prices

13.56

EUR / m²

+5.58%

Average purchase prices

6,461

EUR / m²

+11.11%

Rental offers

147

-9.80%

Purchase offers

98

-21.44%

Average rental prices

9

EUR / m²

+9.10%

Average purchase prices

4,305

EUR / m²

+13.49%

Rental offers

458

-33.26%

Purchase offers

179

-11.19%

Average rental prices

13.56

EUR / m²

+5.58%

Average purchase prices

6,461

EUR / m²

+11.11%

Rental offers

147

-9.80%

Purchase offers

98

-21.44%

Lichtenberg: Real Estate Supply and Development

Lichtenberg is an attractive district for investors, especially in the long term. The increasing number of companies settling in the area has led to growing interest in Lichtenberg as a place to live. In recent years, dynamic new construction developments and renovations of old buildings have already been recorded here. Sustained demand suggests that construction development and price increases will remain constant in the coming years.

Offer of properties for rent and sale in Lichtenberg

Rental offers
Purchase offers

How are property prices developing in Lichtenberg?

Like everywhere else in Berlin, property prices have risen in recent years. At present, it can be assumed that this development will continue, which speaks for the high attractiveness of the location.

Purchase price (m²) in Lichtenberg

Existing building

Average purchase prices

4,305

EUR / m²

+13.49%

New builds

Average purchase prices

6,461

EUR / m²

+11.11%

Average purchase price Lichtenberg

New build
Existing building

Current rents and development

Lichtenberg is an example of how increased residential construction can put an end to the perpetual rise in rents. Whether this will continue in the long term remains to be seen. After all, other districts have already demonstrated that floods of prospective tenants are not long in coming when rents are low. Especially when the place of residence has such good connections as Lichtenberg.

Average rental prices in Lichtenberg

Existing building

Average purchase prices

4,305

EUR / m²

+13.49%

New builds

Average purchase prices

6,461

EUR / m²

+11.11%

The population of the district

Lichtenberg has almost 300,000 inhabitants. These are spread over an area of 52 square kilometers, most of which is used for residential purposes. In second place are sports and recreational areas, and in third place are transportation areas. About 41 percent of Lichtenberg residents are between 27 and 55 years old, and almost one-fifth are under 18. Male and female residents are almost evenly distributed. Lichtenberg residents have a good income: Over 20 percent of households have a monthly net income of more than 3,200 euros.

Residents Lichtenberg
The five largest international populations in Lichtenberg

Migration in Lichtenberg

Moves in

12,689

Persons

+4.20 %

Moves out

12,183

Persons

+0.56 %

In the year 2021, development compared to the previous year

Living in Berlin Lichtenberg

If you ask Lichtenbergers how they would describe their district, you will get totally contradictory answers. Beautiful and ugly, village and urban, Plattenbau and nature. And they are all equally right! Lichtenberg is a district of absolute contrasts and offers a completely different picture depending on the district. That is exactly what makes this district so exciting.

By the way, Lichtenberg is also a district of superlatives - here are a few surprising facts: The Shostakovich Music School is one of the largest music schools in Europe, with about 7,000 students. Lichtenberg is the only Berlin district that has storks. Europe's most modern animal shelter is located in Falkenberg. In Friedrichsfelde you can walk through Europe's largest landscape animal park. The Sportforum in Hohenschönhausen is Germany's largest training center for competitive athletes, and Lichtenberg is home to Germany's only state theater specifically for children and young people.

Surprising facts, aren't they? But it is precisely this overall package that makes the district so interesting. You can read about what else awaits you here in the following chapters.

Lichtenberg is located in the east of Berlin and borders Pankow to the northwest, Friedrichshain to the southwest, Treptow to the south and Marzahn-Hellersdorf to the east. Compared to other districts in terms of area, Lichtenberg has quite a few districts - ten in total. Lichtenberg includes Fennpfuhl, Lichtenberg, Rummelsburg, Friedrichsfelde and Karlshorst. In addition, there are the parts of Hohenschönhausen with Malchow, Wartenberg, Falkenberg, Neu-Schönhausen and Alt-Schönhausen.

A small digression: Hohenschönhausen is often considered an independent district with its own neighborhoods because it has not belonged to the district of Lichtenberg for too long, but de facto it belongs to Lichtenberg. Therefore, Lichtenberg is a single and not a double district like for example Kreuzberg-Friedrichshain. Lichtenberg is a single district with ten districts, five of which are located on the territory of the former independent district of Hohenschönhausen.

Before we get into the specifics of some of the districts, we would like to talk to you about Lichtenberg's neighborhoods. Lichtenberg's neighborhood list is by far not as long as in some other districts. But that doesn't mean that the neighborhoods that are there are any less exciting and lovable.

Let's start with the Weitling-Kiez: If you're looking for real Berlin charm, this is the place to be! Located right next to the Lichtenberg train station, this neighborhood spans the lively Weitlingstraße and its side streets. Long-established and newly arrived Berliners of all ages live here in an architectural mix of pretty Gründerzeit buildings and modern new-build apartments. There are several cozy-rustic pubs and bars, as well as many stores for daily needs.

Exactly the opposite of the Weitlingkiez can be found in the Kaskelkietz. Here you can expect a dreamy old town flair with cobblestones, lots of greenery and charming old buildings around the wonderful Tuchollaplatz. The landmark of this neighborhood is the Schrotkugelturm, a 38-meter-high brick tower built in 1908. Until 1939, bullets for shotguns were cast in this narrow tower structure, which is now a listed building.

As far as the different residential areas are concerned, Lichtenberg - as already described at the beginning - has a lot of variety to offer. At Lake Orankesee, in Karlshorst and Rummelsburg, there are beautiful villas, old buildings and chic new buildings. In Alt-Friedrichsfelde, Lichtenberg or Fennpfuhl, the first thing that catches the eye are the prefabricated buildings. Basically, however, it can be said that development is also taking place in the comparatively less attractive districts. Students and young families are drawn to the not-so-expensive apartments, and there is a lot of modernization and greening going on. These are therefore residential areas with potential.

Lichtenberg has developed into an attractive business location. The business landscape is as varied as the district itself. Many industries are represented, from crafts to trade to services. Large and well-known local employers include the Berliner Kindl brewery and the Klingenberg cogeneration plant.

Fans of equestrian sports will certainly be enthusiastic about the harness racing track in the Karlshorst district. The equestrian park is located on historic grounds: spectators were able to watch exciting races here as early as 1894. The entrance through which one enters the equestrian park is from 1913 and the spectator grandstand is from 1937, so a visit could be interesting not only for horse lovers, but also for history buffs. By the way, the trotting track even hosted the World Championship of Icelandic Horses in 2019.

The youth of today is occupied only with smartphones and gaming? Far from it! The Theater an der Parkaue is Germany's only state theater for children and young people. Since 1950, it has been staging productions suitable for children and young people, designed to appeal to audiences from the age of five. Crooked Dog, You Stupid Darkness or Weekend Rebels - the names of the productions definitely arouse curiosity!

If you feel like taking a walk after a visit to the theater, then a visit to the Stadtpark Lichtenberg is a great place to start. The park, which covers more than five hectares, is quietly situated by a large pond, and there are several sports facilities, barbecue facilities, a playground and lots of old trees.

Now we move from culture to history: In Lichtenberg on Normannenstraße is the Stasi Museum, and it's located right in the former Stasi headquarters. As soon as you enter the building, you are in another world. On the so-called Minister's Floor, you get the feeling that you are traveling back in time, as the office and meeting rooms have hardly been changed in their furnishings. Here, you can learn everything about the work and its effects of the former state security agency.

Absolutely worth seeing is the Tierpark Friedrichsfelde, the largest landscape animal park in Europe. All kinds of animals live on a huge park landscape of 160 hectares. Tigers, giraffes, polar bears, but also smaller animal specimens make you forget that you are actually in a big city.

If you ask Lichtenbergers how satisfied they are with the gastronomic offerings in their district, the answer often comes back, "Could be a little more." But if you choose Lichtenberg, you know what you're getting into. If you want nightlife, bars and tons of restaurants, you take a short trip across the Spree and dive into Kreuzberg's nightlife 20 minutes later, for example.

Nevertheless, there are two gastronomic highlights that we would not like to withhold from you here. One is the restaurant "Jelänger Jelieber" on Tuchollaplatz in the Kaskelkiez. Simple-modern old building charm and the special flair of the neighborhood meet here with Mediterranean cuisine. The small store is an insider tip - even among Berliners.

And then there's the beer garden at Orankesee. This beer garden really has everything you could want from a beer garden. Pretty seating under tall trees and that too directly on the water - just great! The interior of the restaurant is also very appealing and invites you to linger on cooler evenings.

Shopping in Lichtenberg

Otherwise, there are shopping streets and shopping centers in Lichtenberg, a well-known one is the Linden Center. It is located in Neu-Hohenschönhausen and offers the usual large chain stores and other stores. If you want to indulge in further shopping cravings, you can quickly reach the other Berlin districts, such as Charlottenburg or Mitte.

Ansonsten gibt es in Lichtenberg Einkaufsstraßen und Shopping-Center, ein bekanntes ist das Linden-Center. Es befindet sich in Neu-Hohenschönhausen und bietet die gängigen großen Handelsketten und weitere Geschäfte. Wenn man sich weiteren Shopping-Gelüsten hingeben möchte, ist man schnell in den anderen Berliner Bezirken, wie zum Beispiel Charlottenburg oder Mitte.

Lichtenberg seems to be a very sporty district: There are more than 100 sports clubs here with a total of over 20,000 members. The best-known sports export from Lichtenberg is the Berlin Polar Bears, whose training camp is located in the legendary Wellblechpalast in Lichtenberg. Volleyball is most strongly represented with 35 clubs, beating soccer with 29 clubs. You can get all the information you need about a wide variety of sports at the Lichtenberg District Sports Association.

Here comes one of the superlatives that we briefly mentioned at the beginning: Sportforum Hohenschönhausen is Germany's largest sports and training center, used by Berlin's competitive athletes. It is also the venue for regional to international competitions, and the 35 sports facilities are used for top-level sports, but also for popular sports.

Next, for the golfers among you, we would like to recommend a visit to the Pankow Golf Resort. Although the resort belongs to Pankow, it is located right on the border with Lichtenberg, so we don't want to leave this sporting opportunity unmentioned here. The beautiful clubhouse in country house style in the midst of the idyllic landscape will surely make every golfer go into raptures.

And for wet fun in hot summer months we recommend the outdoor pool Orankesee with sandy beach, sunbathing lawn and 52 meter long water slide. There is also enough to eat and drink. After a day of swimming, you could also pay a visit to the lovely beer garden at Orankesee.

The infrastructure in Lichtenberg is very good and is simply what you would expect for a metropolitan district. Schools, doctors, stores for daily needs - everything can be found here. There are good transport connections in Lichtenberg. By S-Bahn from Hohenschönhausen station, you can reach Berlin's main train station in about 35 minutes, and from Lichtenberg station in 20 minutes. By car, for example, it takes about 15 minutes from Lichtenberg to Alexanderplatz. Otherwise, Lichtenberg is well served by suburban trains, subways and bus lines.

Was bedeutet Milieuschutz? Und gibt es den in Lichtenberg?

Unter Milieuschutz versteht man, dass eine bestimmte Art der Bebauung und auch eine bestimmte soziale Zusammensetzung nicht verändert werden dürfen und so geschützt werden sollen. So kann einer Verdrängung beispielsweise von Normalverdienern durch zu hohe Mieten in Luxusimmobilien entgegengewirkt werden. In Lichtenberg stehen unter anderem die Dörfer Malchow, Falkenberg und Wartenberg unter Milieuschutz. Auch das Gebiet um die Kaskelstraße genießt einen besonderen Schutz, wenn es um bauliche Veränderungen geht.

Ist es richtig, dass es nur in Lichtenberg Störche gibt?

Ja, das ist richtig! Wer die wenigen Orte in Berlin sehen möchte, an denen es Störche gibt, der sollte sich auf der Naturschutzstation Malchow und in Falkenberg genauer umsehen. Hier befinden sich Nester von Weißstörchen, die auf der Roten Liste für gefährdete Tiere in Deutschland stehen.

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