Steglitz-Zehlendorf is one of the more affluent areas of Berlin – the idyll and tranquillity, far from the big city’s hustle and bustle, provides a much sought-after balance. Above all, The district is characterized by quiet residential areas, forests, and tranquility provided by the proximity to the numerous lakes.
Steglitz is closest to City-West and very urban. It is considered a middle-class residential neighborhood with excellent shopping facilities. It is well connected to the rest of the city by U-bahn and buses. Schloßstraße in Steglitz is a shopping mile, it features several malls and all the typical high street stores, restaurants, supermarkets and a weekly market.
Dahlem district is one of the most expensive residential areas in Berlin. It is a science research location, home to the Free University of Berlin (FU), numerous research institutes, and many museums have been established here.
As you travel further South-West to Zehlendorf, Schlachtensee, Nikolasee and Wannsee almost 50% of these districts consist of water and forest. Several lakes attract the inhabitants of Berlin to the cool water in hot temperatures. Particularly popular is the Großer Wannsee, and its lido opened in 1907 – but the other lakes of the district are also worth a visit.
For those seeking recreation, numerous sports clubs and the Botanical Garden offer a balance to everyday life. The area is home to several international schools and a large English-speaking community.
Rents in this district are high, but there is a choice between social housing, city villas, and single-family homes.
The western part of Zehlendorf with Wannsee, Nikolassee, and Schlachtensee is upscale and exclusive. In the south and east, the residential areas are simpler and somewhat less expensive. Steglitz itself is still very urban with mixed rents. Lankwitz and Lichterfelde have a more small-town feel and have more reasonable-priced rents.
Zehlendorf Mitte also features a town center with a large variety of shops, doctor’s practices, restaurants, and the Zehlendorf Rathaus.
There are also small ‚town‘ centers in Dahlem, Schlachtensee, Mexicoplatz, Nikolasee, Lichterfelde and Wannsee – all with opportunities for bakeries, grocery shopping, bookstores and restaurants.
Places of Interest:
- Freilichtmuseum Domäne Dahlem (Open-air museum)
- Botanical garden
- House of the Wannsee conference
- Allied Museum (Alliierten Museum)
- Liebermann-Villa Wannsee (artist house, museum, and garden)
- Museumsdorf Düppel (reconstructed village as it is supposed to have existed in the Middle Ages about 800 years ago)
- Pfaueninsel („Peacock Island“)