You are planning to visit Berlin are wondering what is a safe area to stay. Perhaps you want to move to Berlin and you are looking for an apartment and wondering what are the bad neighborhoods which you should avoid at any price. In this article, you will learn how dangerous is Berlin, what are the bad neighborhoods in Berlin and where you should not live or stay as well as what are no-go areas zones in Berlin.
In general, the inner city area of Berlin along with the sights, shopping, and party areas is the most dangerous and there is the most likely to be the victim of a crime. There are many reasons why the high level of crime is associated with the inner city of Berlin. These are the attractiveness of an area to tourists, the presence of shops, the proximity to event locations, and the high presence of public transportation as well as the social structure in these districts. It is well known that most bikes are stolen at transfer stations and most pickpockets strike in the crowd.
Is Berlin a dangerous city?
Yes, Berlin is a relatively safe city but there is still a lot of crime since it is a huge city. Berlin is the second most dangerous city in Germany after Frankfurt am Main. On average there are around half a million criminal offenses yearly registered by the police in Berlin. There are no-go zones in Berlin for which police is advising better to be avoided.
There is a big difference in crime levels between the districts. The probability of being a victim of crime in bad neighborhoods is more than ten times higher in comparison to good neighborhoods.
Is Berlin dangerous at night?
No, Berlin is relatively safe at the night. However, it depends a lot on the district and bad neighborhoods should be avoided during the night. If Berlin is too dangerous for you at night, you should just drive a taxi, said Berlin’s Governing Mayor Michael Müller once, this has caused a stir among the opposition (source: BZ-Berlin). Many citizens of Berlin agree with this statement. You should especially avoid the bad neighborhoods of Berlin (read more below) at night and not walk alone there. In the bad areas of Berlin, you could expect to be asked to buy drugs even during the day. In the evening most of the women in these areas prefer to stay at home or if they have to go out they go accompanied by a man.
What are the bad districts in Berlin?
Mitte (18% of all crime in 2020 in Berlin)
Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg (13% of all crime in 2020 in Berlin)
Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf (11% of all crime in 2020 in Berlin)
What are the bad neighborhoods or no-go areas in Berlin?
No-go area means: These are areas that you don’t dare to enter at any time of the day or night because you have to fear for life and limb. There are no such areas in Berlin.
No-go areas in Berlin you should understand as these in which you would rather take a taxi late at night than walk alone according to the BZ-Berlin.
The Alexanderplatz is the top tourist location in Berlin and a hub for the city’s public transportation. Three important subway lines cross here. However, Alexanderplatz is one of the places with the highest number of crimes in Berlin. Crime statistics here show that theft, drugs, and bodily harm are the most common crimes. Due to such a high crime, an on-site police station was built to prevent crimes at Alexanderplatz. Try to avoid this location or if you can’t then be very careful and especially take care of your belongings.
The Görlitzer Park is well known to Berliners. Locals and tourists alike enjoy the park in summer. The most significant crime in Gorlitz park is drug abuse. Don’t be a surprise to see drug dealers there and to be approached by them if you make eye contact with them.
Warsaw Bridge (Warschauer Brücke)
The Warsaw Bridge is attracting a lot of tourists and there are many nightclubs here. The most common type of crime at this place are drugs and bodily harm.
Leopoldplatz is notorious for drug-related crime but also for pickpockets and attacks. If you are traveling alone, avoid the area, especially in the evening and at night.
The most of crime at Kottbusser Tor is happening on weekends when there are a lot of parties.
There are a lot of drug offenses, thefts, and physical violence in the area.
The Hermannplatz and Hermannstrasse (Neukölln)
Parts of Hermannstrasse and Hermannplatz are considered places with a high number of crimes. There you should take special care of your belongings. Shoplifting, theft, and pickpocketing are common crimes in this zone.
The Rigaer Strasse in Berlin-Friedrichshain another no-go zone in Berlin. Above all, the high number of property damage was noticeable here in the past (Source: wohnungsbaugenossenschaften-berlin.info).
This location is considered a gay Mecca in Berlin. In this area, hate crimes are on the rise, and people are often attacked because of their sexual orientation. At Nollendorfplatz the so-called “Antanz trick” and other types of theft are also common.
Here, there are professional thieves (also working together) and many con artists aiming to scam tourists. There are times when the prostitutes are very pushy at this location. Children should not go to this area in the evening.
Note: Above stated no-go places have been listed by Berlin police according to the crime statistics.
The most dangerous parks in Berlin
During the summer, parks in Berlin become a hot spot for crime because there are many people outside. Theft, sexual offenses, and drug trafficking are all common crimes committed there.
- Görlitzer Park
- Park am Gleisdreieck
- Tempelhofer Feld
- Volkspark Friedrichshain
- Treptower Park
- Kleiner Tiergarten
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