About this soundSchöneberg  is a locality of Berlin, Germany. Until Berlin's 2001 administrative reform it was a separate borough including the locality of Friedenau. Together with the former borough of Tempelhof it is now part of the new borough of Tempelhof-Schöneberg.

Quarter of Berlin
Town Hall
Coat of arms of Schöneberg
Coat of arms
Location of Schöneberg in Tempelhof-Schöneberg and Berlin
Berlin Tempelhof-Schoeneberg Schoeneberg.png
Schöneberg is located in Germany
Schöneberg is located in Berlin
Coordinates: 52°29′10″N 13°21′20″E / 52.48611°N 13.35556°E / 52.48611; 13.35556Coordinates: 52°29′10″N 13°21′20″E / 52.48611°N 13.35556°E / 52.48611; 13.35556
 • Total10.6 km2 (4.1 sq mi)
50 m (160 ft)
 • Total116,743
 • Density11,000/km2 (29,000/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
(nr. 0701) 10777, 10779, 10781, 10783, 10787, 10789, 10823, 10825, 10827, 10829, 12157, 12159, 12161, 12169
Vehicle registrationB
Gründerzeit building on the Rote Insel
Gasometer, a landmark of Rote Insel
The RIAS building in Berlin-Schöneberg
Stolperstein of Lilli Henoch, plaque embedded in footpath at Treuchtlinger Straße 5


The village was first documented in a 1264 deed issued by Margrave Otto III of Brandenburg. In 1751, Bohemian weavers founded Neu-Schöneberg also known as Böhmisch-Schöneberg along northern Hauptstraße. During the Seven Years' War on 7 October 1760 Schöneberg and its village church were completely destroyed by a fire due to the joint attack on Berlin by Habsburg and Russian troops.

Both Alt-Schöneberg and Neu-Schöneberg were in an area developed in the course of industrialization and incorporated in a street network laid out in the Hobrecht-Plan in an area that came to be known architecturally as the Wilhelmine Ring. The two villages were not combined as one entity until 1874 and received town privileges in 1898. In the following year it was disentangled from the Kreis of Teltow, and became a Prussian Stadtkreis (independent city). Many of the former peasants gained wealth by selling their acres to the settlement companies of growing Berlin and built luxurious mansions on Hauptstraße. The large town hall, Rathaus Schöneberg, was completed in 1914. In 1920, Schöneberg became a part of Greater Berlin. Subsequent to World War II the Rathaus served as the city hall of West Berlin until 1991 when the administration of the reunited City of Berlin moved back to the Rotes Rathaus in Mitte.


The locality of Schöneberg includes the neighborhoods (Stadtquartiere) of Bayerisches Viertel (“Bavarian quarter”, an affluent residential area with streets named after Bavarian towns) and the Rote Insel (literally: “red island”) as well as Lindenhof and the large natural park area Südgelände (“south grounds”) on the outside of the Ringbahn railway circle line.

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Gay LifeEdit

Plaque at Nollendorfstraße 17: “The English author Christopher Isherwood lived here between March 1929 and January/February 1933.”

The area around Nollendorfplatz has been the heart of gay life in Berlin since the 1920s and early 1930s during the Weimar Republic. The Eldorado Night Club on Motzstraße was closed down by the Nazis on coming to power in 1933. The painter and printmaker Otto Dix used patrons of this establishment as subjects for some of his famous works. Christopher Isherwood lived just around the corner on Nollendorfstraße. This apartment was the basis for his book Goodbye to Berlin (1939) and later the musical Cabaret (1966) and the film Cabaret (1972) and is commemorated by a historic plaque on the building.



External linksEdit

  • "Schöneberg" . Encyclopædia Britannica. 24 (11th ed.). 1911.
  • "Berlin – offizielles Tourismusportal für Besucher der deutschen Hauptstadt – (Berlin Tourist Information)". 18 April 2012. Retrieved December 2012. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  • Gay Berlin Tourist Information
  • "Schöneberg um Jan 1897 (Map of Schöneberg in 1897)". Archived from the original on 2016-01-08. Retrieved December 2012. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  • "Friedenau um Mai 1939 (Map of Schöneberg in 1939)". Archived from the original on 2016-01-08. Retrieved December 2012. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)