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As recently as ten years ago, many saw Neukölln as the capital’s most dangerous social powder keg. It would be interesting to find out how many of those who saw Neukölln this way,  have moved there in the meantime. Today, the north side is seen as the borough’s “in” district, where social and cultural diversity are both carefully tended. More than 40% of Neukölln’s population have a migration background.

Apparently, EU citizens feel well at home in the borough: between 2010 and 2015, their share of the population grew by 62%. Today they represent more than 9% of the population, and even 14% in north Neukölln.

Who governs?

Franziska Giffey has been Neukölln’s Social Democratic mayor since 2015. The SPD won 27 seats in 2011. The CDU (Christian Democrats) won 14, the Greens 8, the Pirates 4 and the Left Party 3.

On 18 September 2016, all EU-citizens have the opportunity to vote for the district assembly. You can find out here what it is all about and how it works in six different languages. You can also come to our info event on 8 September and discuss the issues in your district with local parliamentarians!

A date

On 2 February 1732, Kaiser Friedrich Wilhelm I invited Europe’s protestants to Prussia. In the same year, he settled members of a Bohemian religious community in Rixdorf. They were followers of reformist Jan Hus, who was burned at the stake in Prague in 1415. Today, the neighbourhood around Richardplatz in Neukölln is called Böhmisch-Rixdorf (Bohemian Rixdorf).

A book

“Hipster wird’s nicht” (roughly: It can’t get any more hipster than this) by Uli Heinemann tells the story of 44-year-old Thomas, who moves into a hipster WG (flat-sharing community) in Neukölln. As the story unfolds, it becomes clearer and clearer its narrator no longer recognises his old neighbourhood. A humorous chronicle of the borough’s development.

An attraction

The Britzer Garten is a major contribution to the 20% of Neukölln’s area that is either park or field. The borough is Berlin’s greenest. This attractive garden was built before the Wall fell to give Neukölln’s residents some nearby greenery. A magical place in which to enjoy a beautiful sunset.

An unusual attraction

The Museum Neukölln is much like other local museums, but does have a little something up its sleeve: in the old stall on the Britz farm, visitors learn about the borough’s history through 99 objects. The farmland itself is also definitely worth a visit.

Which is your favourite place in Neukölln? What could the borough do better, how should it change? Your comments are part of the political discussion leading up to the BVV (local) election!

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