Hermannplatz is one of the most famous squares in Berlin, located in the north of the Neukölln district, on the border with Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg. The unusual geographical feature here? The ground space on the square belongs to Neukölln, the side with the Karstadt building is part of the extreme south-eastern corner of the district of Kreuzberg. The square is also the gateway to Neukölln, therefore.
Hermannplatz lies between the two most socially and culturally dynamic neighbourhoods in Berlin, and is the link between Kreuzberg and Neukölln. Apart from Karstadt, the area around Hermannplatz is shaped by small-scale retailers, larger discounters, hotspots, bars, convenience shops and office and apartment blocks. The majority of the surrounding restaurants offer Turkish, Arabic or Asian cuisine. A Turkish market is held once a week on Hermannplatz, completely surrounded by streets. As well as this, the square connects both main shopping streets of the Neukölln district, Sonnenallee and Karl-Marx-Straße. Bordering the square is the Hasenheide park landscape, with its access to the former airport and now local recreation area of Tempelhofer Feld.
Hermannplatz is the main transportation hub in Neukölln. Surrounded by three main roads, the square is extremely easy to reach. The location is directly connected to the public transport system on the underground lines U7 and U8. One special feature the Karstadt building offers is access from its basement floor directly into the underground station. In the course of completing the underground facilities, Hermannplatz was expanded by 20 metres, to its width of 52 metres today. As well as this, a range of bus lines operate on Hermannplatz. Schönefeld Airport can be reached inside an hour using line N7/171, for example, while you can be at Hauptbahnhof in just 24 minutes on line M41.
In the Urban Development Plan Centres 2030 (“Stadtentwicklungsplan Zentren 2030”), Hermannplatz is presented as an important component of the main centre. The Senate sees some need for action regarding urban development. As so-called redevelopment areas, the streets of Sonnenallee and Karl-Marx-Straße, adjacent to the square, also provide a focus for the city, and should be upgraded by grants in the millions.