We love Neukölln since we moved here in spring 2012. From that point on, our love for this neighborhood only grew and now it is pretty hard for us to imagine living anywhere else in Berlin.
It is even crazy to think that, before we moved here, we knew nothing about this neighborhood. And I can still remember some of our friends telling us how dangerous Neukölln is and that you should never go south of Hermannplatz. They were wrong. They were so wrong.
Earlier today, I was browsing through vimeo when I stumbled upon a short documentary from 2013 called Neukölln – KiezExplorer Documentary, produced by the guys behind kiezexplorer.com, this short video tells some of the creative stories behind this ever changing neighborhood of Berlin. And it, pretty much, matches the experience that we have living here for the last couple of years.
When we moved here, the streets were different. There were some bars but not as many as we have today. Most of the people we knew mentioned some kind of fear of going close to where we live and it was close to impossible to find a place that would deliver pizzas to our house.
Right now, everything is different. The people that I would normally see all dressed up in Mitte or Kreuzberg are in front of my house going to where a parking lot used to be. The small turkish shops that were a great place to save money while doing groceries are becoming this huge supermarkets. Everything is changing and there is no way of stopping it.
I still don’t know how Neukölln is going to be in the coming years but I would like to see this area bloom even more. With a lot more people coming to the area to party, to live and to enjoy a Berlin that I love so much.
And it is pretty easy to enjoy Neukölln. Just stroll down on Karl Marx Allee on a saturday morning and have a kumpir. Explore what used to be Rixdorf and go see the amazing Tempelhof park. Enjoy your day there and, when you get hungry again, go back to Pannierstrasse and try the best burger Berlin has to offer – the amazing BBI. If burgers are not your thing, go try authentic taiwanese food or stay in a cafe enjoying some rare free wi-fi.
Enjoy the video and enjoy Neukölln.