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In no other borough are the Berlins of yesteryear and of today so well combined as in Tempelhof-Schöneberg. In the Berlin of the golden 1920s, life was a cabaret – and the cabarets were in Schöneberg. Even back then, homosexuals were warmly welcomed in the clubs. Many artists and authors made the borough their home. Even David Bowie lived there in the 1970s. Today, Schöneberg is still well known for its gay parties.

The Tempelhofer Field also happens to be Berlin’s largest open space.

Non-German EU citizens represent 7% of the borough’s total population but prefer the district of Schöneberg: there they make up almost 9%.

Who governs?

Angelika Schöttler is the Social Democratic mayor of Tempelhof-Schöneberg. And yet the SDP won fewer seats in the 2011 BVV (local) election than the CDU (Christian Democrats): 16 and 20 respectively. The Greens have 14 seats, the Pirates 3 and the Left Party 2.

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.

A date

On 26 June 1963, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, at that time President of the United States of America, gave an historic speech. Who today does not know the line “Ich bin ein Berliner”? He gave this speech in front of Rathaus Schöneberg, at that time also known as the West-Berliner Rathaus (city hall).

A film

“Der Himmel über Berlin” (Wings of Desire) is perhaps the best-known film by director Wim Wenders. The story concerns the angel Damiel who, out of love for a mortal, wants to give up his immortality. The film has moved countless film lovers. The scene on the bridge was shot in Schöneberg on the Langenscheidtbrücke.

An attraction

Tempelhof Airport was built between 1936 and 1937. Hitler’s National Socialists wanted to make it an internationally important airport. Its architecture is exemplary of the Third Reich’s ideological convictions that became a counter movement to modern architecture.

An unusual attraction

The Schwerbelastungskörper (heavy load-bearing body) in Schöneberg was a test. To be able to construct the 117m-high triumphal arch sketched by Hitler, architect Albert Speer first had to solve a little problem: how to deal with the fact of Berlin’s very watery substructure. The Schwerbelastungskörper was built for this purpose. It is a cylinder measuring 14 meters high, 18 meters deep, and weighs 12,000 tonnes.

Which is your favourite place in Tempelhof-Schöneberg? 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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