Creative and current
Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg is set in the heart of Berlin, on either side of the River Spree, on the border between east and west. It is one of Berlin's most interesting and fascinating districts. You'll experience urban buzz, vibrancy and diversity here at every turn. The streets and buildings have retained their very special atmosphere. The district's most well-known landmark is the listed Oberbaumbrücke bridge with its striking towers.
A must for any visitor to Berlin is a stroll along the East Side Gallery, the longest remaining section of the Berlin Wall. The 105 original works of art by 118 artists from 21 countries was restored in 2009. Other attractions include the longest architectural monument in Europe, Karl-Marx-Allee. Originally called Stalinallee, it was built in the 1950s on the Moscow model. The Jewish Museum in Kreuzberg is one of the most frequently visited museums in Germany.
Close by is the Berlinische Galerie, the state museum of modern art, photography and architecture. Just a stone's throw from Potsdamer Platz is the German Museum of Technology with its large museum park, a natural oasis in the heart of the city. Another nearby attraction is the Science Center Spektrum, which presents more than 250 experiments that visitors can use to test physical phenomena for themselves.
Built in the neo-Renaissance style in 1881, the Martin Gropius Building is renowned for its major themed exhibitions. Visitors can enjoy fantastic panoramic views from Viktoriapark in Kreuzberg with its Schinkel monument. Friedrichshain's spacious public park with its fairytale fountain is popular among young families, athletes and tourists alike. Unforgettable views of Gründerzeit villas and ultra-modern buildings such as the Energie Forum can be enjoyed on a riverboat cruise on the River Spree and Landwehr Canal. Parks and lush riverbanks offer an attractive place for tourists and locals to spend some time.
Must sees in Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg:
- East Side Gallery
- Flohmarkt auf dem Boxhagener Platz
- Friedrichshain park
Going out and cultural scene
Simon-Dach-Strasse in Berlin-Friedrichshain as well as Oranienstrasse, Bergmannstrasse and Schlesische Strasse in Berlin-Kreuzberg are extremely popular with late-night revellers. The three venues at the Hebbel am Ufer (HAU) offer contemporary dance, theatre and performance. The English Theatre Berlin on Fidicinstrasse is Berlin's only English-language theatre. Alternatively, Berlin's Criminal Theatre offers high drama at the former Ost electrical substation.
Sports and leisure activities
There's a whole range of sports and leisure activities on offer in Friedrichshain's public park, including blading, volleyball, jogging and tennis. Those wishing to take things at a more leisurely pace can relax at a restaurant by one of the city's small lakes. Guided historical tours, open-air cinema and open-air chess provide exercise for the mind. Germany's largest indoor halfpipe and Berlin's highest climbing tower, the Kegel, can be found on the disused railway site (RAW).
Shopping in Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg
You can browse and shop to your heart's content in Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg. A young, alternative fashion and designer scene has established itself around Boxhagener Platz. One of Berlin's last remaining market halls can be found on Marheinekeplatz.
Events in Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg
Carnival of Cultures
Open Air Gallery
On Oberbaumbrücke bridge - July/August
International Berlin beer festival – August
Kreuzberg's smallest house
In 1864, when the Luisenstadt area was developed, a terraced house was squeezed into the last plot of only 48 m² (516 sq. ft), creating a unique building in Berlin. In 1991, this narrow house was largely restored to its original condition.
Oranienstrasse 46, 10969 Berlin
Heeresbäckerei - 19th-century industrial monument.
The yellow-brick Heeresbäckerei, dating from c. 1890, was an industrial complex of granary, bakery, and mill. The warehouse complex, apart from the mill, has now been lovingly restored to create impressive spaces with Prussian-style vaulted roofs and traditional cast-iron supports.
Köpenicker Str. 16/17 , 10997 Berlin
Berlin's neighbourhoods: "You can also beat someone to death with a flat"
Where Hindenburg once lived, the house squatting movement started and 'Urban Regeneration" was invented - Former Görlitzer Bahnhof station / Görlitzer Strasse / Sorauer Strasse / Wrangelstrasse / Sankt Marien-Liebfrauenkirche / Oppelner Strasse / Courtyards
Museum of Things
The Werkbundarchiv - Museum der Dinge showcases product culture from the 20th and 21st centuries. Since the 1970s, the museum has been collecting key objects in the history of design, as well as archive materials and objects to document the commodity culture that coins modern everyday life.
Oranienstrasse 25, 10696 Berlin
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