Steglitz: This south-western district is glitzy by name and glitzy by nature. It is home to Schlossstrasse, one of the most prominent and profitable shopping streets in Berlin. Several shopping centers attract shopping enthusiasts to Steglitz, which takes its name from the bird, Stieglitz, or in English, goldfinch.
Visitors to Steglitz will also find a wide variety of cultural attractions in what was once Prussia’s largest village. Catching a movie at the Titania Palace – a cinema originally built in 1928 – is not only worthwhile because of the selection of films being shown, but also because of the building’s striking architecture. The facade was designed by the architects Schöffler, Schlönbach & Jacobi in the style of new objectivity. The completely unadorned facade was a small sensation at the time. A 30-meter, illuminated tower still makes the venue, which hosted Berlin’s first international film festival, visible from miles around. Culture fans will also get their money’s worth in the traditional Schlosspark-Theater, where Hildegard Knef and Klaus Kinski once performed, and which is now run by Dieter Hallervorden.
Other architectural highlights include the Steglitz Town Hall, the Steglitz Manor House, the Schwartzsche Villa Gallery, the Rosary Basilica, the Beer Brush and the Steglitz Kreisel, a 28-story skyscraper that is currently being revived as Überlin. Famously, Steglitz is also a green district. Whether carnivorous plants, orchids or banyan trees, you will find them all in the Botanical Garden along with more than 20,000 other plant species. It’s even possible to get married in the Botanical Garden. The Stadtpark and the Goebenwiese are also green and quiet oases in the heart of Steglitz.
And once you’ve had your fill of shopping, culture and architecture and simply want something tasty to eat, you’ll be spoilt for choice in Steglitz, especially if you head down one of the side streets off Schlossstraße. Korean, new German cuisine with seasonal ingredients, Tunisian or simply a nice café with homemade cakes – nobody goes hungry in Steglitz.
Steglitz delivers the perfect balance in every respect: Urban metropolitan flair meets green idyll, shopping meets culture, centrality meets village atmosphere. And if you’re looking for more, the rest of the city is within easy reach. Kurfürstendamm is only 10 minutes away by subway and the city highway offers fast access to the countryside around Berlin.