It is the seventh borough of Berlin, a middle class living area. It is located southwest of the city center in the Mitte district and East of the Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf district.
The northern part is mainly occupied by the forner Tempelhof airport which was closed in 2007. Schöneberg is younger, borders the city east and west, and has many nice restaurants and bars.
Schöneberg has always been a rather lively district. It was no main center, but the district townhall was the main townhall for West Berlin during the Cold War, a very emotional place for many people in Berlin. The freedom bell (a gift from the American people) as well as several memorials from that time are located here. On November 9, 1989, Chancellor Helmut Kohl (Bundeskanzler from 1983-1998) and Willy Brandt (former Bundeskanzler) cheered from the main balcony the end of the Berlin Wall.
Schöneberg is the traditional center of the gay scene in Berlin. During WW II this part of Berlin was not damaged by bombs as much as other parts of Berlin, so you can still get an impression of what Berlin's 19th century architecture looked like.