From outsider to hotspot
Property market Lichenberg

Lichtenberg, for a long time an outsider, has been enjoying growing popularity. The district is characterized by much more than only by large residential areas in prefabricated construction. This has not only been recognised by Berliners. Since 2010, the population in the district east of Friedrichshain has been rising significantly after several years of population outflow.

Lichtenberg consists of 10 districts, which could not be more different. Old village centres with nice old building quarters which are typical for Berlin alternate with prefabricated housing quarters built in the GDR era. Both types of housing can be easily leased in Lichtenberg.

Sites with renovated old buildings are particularly popular in Frankfurter Allee Nord, Victoria Stadt and Kaskelkiez. The established artists' quarter in the centre of Rummelsburg deserves a special mention. Numerous galleries, studios, cafés and the "canteatro" music theatre lend the district a special charm. The superlatives of the district can also be found in Rummelsburg, Victoria Stadt: between 1872 and 1875, the world's first concrete housing estate was built here.

Percentage of people between 18 and 65
Internationality (2016)
Population (2016)
Living space per capita
Unemployment levels (06/16)
Balance of migration (2016)

Properties in Berlin Lichtenberg

The housing market in Lichtenberg is in a state of upheaval. The district is well connected, the demand is sustainable, and the letting potential is excellent. All sizes are in demand, but smaller apartments are preferred. The average apartment size is about 80m². In the 12-month period, offer prices in Lichtenberg, as of August 2018, rose by almost 9 percent.

Price segments in Lichtenberg

The changes in the price structure of condominiums in Lichtenberg are evident. The middle market segment dominates in the range between EUR 2,000 and EUR 4,000/sqm living space ( offering prices). Existing apartments are offered at an average square metre price of EUR 3,550. The price segment between EUR 4,000 and 6,000/sqm has more than tripled from 40 offers in 2017 to more than 130 offers in 2018.

Lichtenberg: Influx and outflux European Union 2017

Source: Amt für Statistik Berlin-Brandenburg. Eigene Berechnung.
Country Influx Outflux Balance
Belgium 23 15 8
Bulgaria 320 75 245
Denmark and Faroe Islands 21 12 9
Estonia 17 0 17
Finland 26 10 16
France 132 57 75
Greece 78 13 65
Ireland 39 16 23
Italy 186 95 91
Croatia 117 34 83
Latvia 45 0 45
Lithuania 18 0 18
Luxembourg 15 9 6
Malta 3 3 0
Netherlands 57 40 17
Austria 74 62 12
Poland 734 376 358
Portugal 65 55 10
Romania 313 60 253
Sweden 28 25 3
Slovakia 52 9 43
Slovenia 21 22 -1
Spain 153 87 66
Czech Republic 80 33 47
Hungary 69 21 48
United Kingdom 125 56 69
Cyprus 16 3 13

The development of Lichtenberg: from industrial to business district

Lichtenberg has a diverse history of more than 700 years and for the first time appears in documents in 1288. What started as a small village and developed to an industrial district is an attractive business location for service and technology companies today. The successful story of Lichtenberg began in 1891 with inventions by Hugo Hartung and Paul Schmidt. In 1900 Willy Abel developed the first automat for postal stamps. The iron and steel construction company “David Hirsh” built/rebuilt the Berliner Dom, Nikolaikirche, KaDeWe and the globe of the Berlin TV tower.

Lichtenberg’s economy developed quickly during the industrialization. In the mid 1920s more than 1.200 companies had settled here. After WW2 was over, production started again in 1952 and was successful throughout the years of the GDR.

With the German reunification and the subsequent reorganization and transformation of the business landscape Lichtenberg’s importance as an industrial base dropped. Today the Vietnamese Dong Xuan Center is in the same building where once “VEB” a company, which produced electrical coal, was located.

Almost nothing here reminds of the past and the Vietnamese community, tourists and Asia-Fans stroll through the halls of the market.
Today small and medium-sized trade, service and craft businesses settle in Lichtenberg. But the location is also attractive for some bigger fishes like IKEA. The company opened Germany’s largest store at Landsberger Allee.

Also the job market in the district has considerably improved. The unemployment rate was at 8 percent (September 2016), which is about 1,3 percent better than in the previous year. The unemployment of the youth also improved about 0,6 percent and is at 7,7 percent now.

Living in Lichtenberg

The district gains popularity and has just beaten its record: today 275.000 people live here. Between 2011- 2015 almost 19.000 people moved to Lichtenberg. The growth of 6,9 percent definitely is an indicator of how attractive the district is.
The age group of 27-45 year olds is the proportionally largest group in Lichtenberg, including many families with children. Most of them live in the quarters of Karlshorst, Alt-Hohenschönhausen and Friedrichsfelde. The image of concrete slab construction is improving thanks to the high demand of apartments by students especially in the areas of Alt-Lichtenberg and Neu-Hohenschönhausen. Young people enjoy the relatively cheap rental prices in the reconstructed buildings as well as living close to popular districts like Friedrichshain.
Good access to the public transportation system (BVG), modern and hip neighborhoods and recreation areas like parks and even wildlife sanctuaries are good reasons to enjoy living in Lichtenberg. Around the castle Schloss Friedrichsfelde the largest landscape zoological garden in Europe is located. The zoo is home to 6.500 exotic animals from all around the world.
People can also spend their free time with a relaxing walk along the water of Spreeufer at Rummelsburger Bucht. Beautiful lakes, gardens and parks can be explored all the way up to south Karlshorst. Beach bars and beer gardens are the perfect place to be during warm summer days in Lichtenberg.

Architecture in Lichtenberg

The architecture of the “new building method” (das “Neue Bauen”) by well-known architects from the 1920s can be seen all around Lichtenberg. Parts of the modern architecture are “Sonnenhof” by Erwin Gutkind, “Reformschule” by Max Taut or “Waldsiedling Lichtenberg” by Peter Behrens.

In 1962 the mass production GDR project “P2” has been tested for the first time ever in the Erich-Kuttner-Straße (in the urban district Fennpfuhl). The building is landmarked since 1980. The idea of the test building was the concept of a variable way of living. Every person using the apartment should be able to realize his or her individual ideas of how the apartment should look like. The idea did not go hand in hand with the financial possibilities and the ideological concept of the GDR, which is why P2 has been constructed much cheaper and simplified at the end.

After modernization and reconstruction the residential areas developed a well working infrastructure and greened areas. The different types of GDR concrete slab constructions are very popular among “New-Berliners”.

Lichtenberg offers great access to the public transportation system and quickly takes the passengers to other districts in Berlin. The mixture of big city feeling and rural idyll is also very attractive for young families.