Everybody wants to live in the right Kiez. The good Kiez. The cool one.
Kiez?!? What is it? …. An area in Wuppertal? A special type of house? A boutique?
Nope – it is a word describing or rather replacing the word neighborhood. An area in a bigger city that might seem like a small little village. Your hood. The word has its origin in Berlin and here it is still used a lot.
What defines a Kiez is its people. It is not depending on city boundaries or officials announcing a new Kiez.
Hamburg has probably the most famous Kiez in Germany. The Reeperbahn – the red light and night life district. People mainly refer to it as “the Kiez”.
It is a positive word – I would say … at least when you live in the right Kiez.
There are even several songs praising the Kiez. Udo Lindenberg – a very famous German singer and artist – together with Jan Delay sing a little hymn to their Kiez – the Reeperbahn.
What is the best thing about your Kiez?