Lichtenberg is the eleventh borough of Berlin, Germany. In Berlin's 2001 administrative reform it absorbed the former borough of Hohenschönhausen.

Borough of Berlin

Coat of arms
Location of Lichtenberg in Berlin
Coordinates: 52°32′N 13°30′E
Subdivisions10 localities
  MayorMichael Grunst (Left)
  Total52.30 km2 (20.19 sq mi)
  Density5,100/km2 (13,000/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Vehicle registrationB
WebsiteOfficial homepage


The district contains the Tierpark Berlin in Friedrichsfelde, the larger of Berlin's two zoological gardens. Lichtenberg was also the site of the extensive headquarters complex of the Stasi, the East German intelligence service. Prior to the establishment of the GDR it housed the main office of the Soviet Military Administration in Berlin, and before that it was an officers' mess of the Wehrmacht. The complex is now the location of the Stasi Museum. The Berlin-Hohenschönhausen Memorial is on the site of the main remand prison of the Stasi. Lichtenberg is also the location of the German-Russian Museum, the historical venue of the unconditional surrender of the German armed forces (Wehrmacht) on 8 May 1945.


Lichtenberg is divided into 10 localities:

30 June 2008
1101 Friedrichsfelde
5.8 50,010 8,622
1102 Karlshorst
6.6 21,057 3,190
1103 Lichtenberg
7.33 32,295 4,406
1104 Falkenberg
3.0 1,164 388
1106 Malchow
3.0 450 150
1107 Wartenberg
5.31 2,433 458
1109 Neu-Hohenschönhausen
5.32 53,698 10,094
1110 Alt-Hohenschönhausen
10.0 41,780 4,178
1111 Fennpfuhl
1.75 30,932 17,675
1112 Rummelsburg
4.16 17,567 4,223


The historic village of Lichtenberg together with neighbouring Friedrichsfelde, Karlshorst, Marzahn, Biesdorf, Hellersdorf, Kaulsdorf and Mahlsdorf was incorporated as the 17th borough of Berlin by the 1920 Greater Berlin Act.

In the 1970s the East German government had large pre-fabricated high-rise housing estates (Plattenbau) built in the east of the Lichtenberg borough. This area was separated off and became the new borough of Marzahn, which included Biesdorf, Hellersdorf, Kaulsdorf and Mahlsdorf in 1979. In 1986 this district in turn was split into the two boroughs of Marzahn and Hellersdorf in 1986, and again merged as Marzahn-Hellersdorf by the 2001 administrative reform.

Berlin's Asiatown in the East

Lichtenberg is a developing center of Asian culture and dubbed the eastern Asiatown or Chinatown of Berlin. The Dong Xuan Center around Herzbergstrasse on former industrial grounds is a development quarter with many different Asian businesses, various shops, food producers and wholesalers/distributors, residential areas and cultural offers.[1]


At the 2016 elections for the parliament of the borough (Bezirksverordnetenversammlung) the following parties were elected:

Twin towns

The Lichtenberg borough has five twin towns:

See also


  • "Lichtenberg" . New International Encyclopedia. 1905.
  • "Lichtenberg" . Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). 1911.
  • Official homepage
  • Official homepage of Berlin
  • Event- und Informationportal of Berlin Lichtenberg

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