Steglitz

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Sou­thwest of the capi­tal city cent­re, Ste­glitz enjoys a quiet and vil­la­ge-like atmo­sphe­re, apart from the busy shop­ping streets. In recent years, the neigh­bour­hood has attrac­ted more and more young peo­p­le, not only becau­se of the Free Uni­ver­si­ty (FU), which is loca­ted in Dah­lem, part of the lar­ger Ste­glitz-Zehlen­dorf dis­trict. The ope­ning of new cafés and shops, vegan restau­rants and vin­ta­ge clot­hing shops soon fol­lo­wed. The district's archi­tec­tu­re is just as inte­res­t­ing, a mix­tu­re of old and new archi­tec­tu­re, inclu­ding vil­las and art deco apart­ment blocks. The "Bier­pin­sel" tower on Schloß­stra­ße is one of the most unu­su­al buil­dings in the city, and a land­mark that often appears in Ber­lin films and tele­vi­si­on programmes.
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Get to know your neighbourhood

Markets and shopping facilities

Schloß­stra­ße is the main shop­ping street in Ste­glitz and offers all kinds of shops, inclu­ding fine bou­ti­ques as well as bran­ches of Pri­mark and Uni­q­lo, for exam­p­le. The Schloss is a shop­ping cent­re with many of the well-known big brands. What makes it uni­que is the ani­ma­ted cei­ling, which shows seas­capes or other sea­so­nal images, such as snow­fall at Christ­mas. Bes­i­des the big ones, the­re are many smal­ler shops in Ste­glitz, with more varie­ty. For tho­se who like to keep their weekly shop­ping inex­pen­si­ve, "Sir­Plus Ret­ter­markt" can be a place to go - the shop in Schloß­stra­ße sells unt­rea­ted fruit and vege­ta­bles, as well as tho­se that devia­te from the norm and are the­r­e­fo­re not offe­red in regu­lar super­mar­kets. The­re are also dried goods that are past their sell-by date but are still usable and edi­ble - the aim here is to redu­ce food was­te. A small flea mar­ket is held every Sun­day at the end of Schloß­stra­ße on Her­mann-Ehlers-Platz, oppo­si­te the town hall.

Nightlife

Ste­glitz is not known for its club­bing sce­ne, but the­re are many first-class bars and cosy local pubs whe­re you can watch a foot­ball match, play darts or enjoy the evening with fri­ends. "Clan­des­ti­ne on Ber­li­ni­cke­stra­ße is one of Steglitz's favou­ri­te cock­tail bars. With its dark red walls, lea­ther arm­chairs and dark wood panell­ing, it is the per­fect place for a socia­ble evening. From Tues­day to Thurs­day, stu­dents recei­ve a dis­count of 1.50 euros on every cock­tail. "Cel­tic Cot­ta­ge" is a popu­lar Irish pub with a lar­ge sel­ec­tion of beers and ciders and tra­di­tio­nal dis­hes such as cot­ta­ge pie and stews - the place is par­ti­cu­lar­ly lively at weekends.
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Cafés and restaurants

Good food is easy to come by in Ste­glitz. The "Madon­na del Cas­tel­lo" is an exam­p­le, they con­ju­re up gre­at piz­za and pas­ta. Fu Li Lai on Albrecht­stra­ße is known for its excel­lent Chi­ne­se cui­sine, ser­ving tried and tes­ted clas­sics such as Sichu­an nood­les, dum­plings and stea­m­ed dum­plings as well as nor­t­hern Chi­ne­se dis­hes. A hid­den gem in Ste­glitz is the Viet­na­me­se cui­sine at "Bao", which offers fair pri­ces and high-qua­li­ty dis­hes, espe­ci­al­ly the pho. For cof­fee, head to Café Nun­zio, which is also known for its home­ma­de ice cream and cakes. On quie­ter days, this is a gre­at place to work - per­haps with a sweet tre­at. Ano­ther sweet and cosy café is the "Fräu­lein Emi­ly Café", which offers deli­cious cof­fee and cakes, as well as Viet­na­me­se soups and rice dis­hes. Café Bai­er" is a bak­ery on Schloß­stra­ße, but ups­tairs is a café with sty­lish vin­ta­ge decor, gre­at cakes and a lar­ge sel­ec­tion of food. 

Art and culture

Clo­se to the town hall is the Schwartzsche Vil­la, which fre­quent­ly hosts chan­ging exhi­bi­ti­ons of pain­ting and pho­to­gra­phy, lite­ra­ry rea­dings, live music and theat­re. In addi­ti­on to the villa's gar­den park, the­re is also a love­ly café with a ter­race. The lar­gest theat­re in Ste­glitz is the Schloss­park-Thea­ter, which has staged many famous pro­duc­tions over the years and now hosts regu­lar shows and occa­sio­nal free events. If you like world-class art muse­ums, you might like to visit the "Brü­cken­mu­se­um" in near­by Dah­lem. It has the lar­gest coll­ec­tion of pain­tings from the Ger­man Expres­sio­nist peri­od, inclu­ding works by lumi­na­ries such as Ernst Lud­wig Kirch­ner and Emil Nol­de. The muse­um is loca­ted in an idyl­lic set­ting on the edge of the Gru­ne­wald forest.
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Parks and leisure

The "Stadt­park Ste­glitz" is a beau­tiful­ly laid-back park with ponds, foun­ta­ins and woods, a secluded escape from the city whe­re you can read a book or enjoy a drink with a fri­end. The foot of the Stadt­park con­nects to the Tel­tow Canal; south of here the­re are some good rou­tes for jog­ging or cycling along the water­way. When it gets hot, many peo­p­le head to the sum­mer pool at Insu­la­ner, a lar­ge swim­ming pool with high diving boards and water slides. The lar­ge area next to the pool offers ple­nty of space for rela­xing days on a beach towel or games of fris­bee. The Bota­ni­cal Gar­den in Dah­lem is a gre­at place in sum­mer, but in win­ter the impres­si­ve glass-domed green­hou­ses are one of the few places whe­re you can still feel like you're in the tro­pics. For good reason, many Ber­lin adver­ti­sers choo­se this loca­ti­on to shoot their latest cam­paign with models in front of the garden's lar­ge tro­pi­cal plants.

Transport and location

Loca­ted in the south-west of Ber­lin, Ste­glitz is well con­nec­ted by U-Bahn line 9, which runs north through Char­lot­ten­burg, Moa­bit and Wed­ding, and by S-Bahn line 1, which runs north to Mit­te and Prenz­lau­er Berg or south to Pots­dam. The­re are also many bus con­nec­tions, and the Ring-Bahn runs through the city in both direc­tions, also to get to one of Berlin's airports.

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