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.
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- Check out the computer games at the Computerspielemuseum with its collection of PC games since 1950.
- Enjoy coffee and cookies while you explore the Berlin comic book collector scene at a meeting in the “Roman- & Comicladen” in Ebertystrasse.
- Explore the Museum der Dinge – industrial products from toys to irons.
- Visit the bustling Gleisdreieck Park – with picnic areas, beach volleyball and the scent of roses.
- Take in an exciting murder mystery at the Berliner Kriminal Theater.
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.
Going Local: Creativity for all your senses
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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.
- When the Luisenstadt settlement was laid out in 1864, the planners left one small plot of just 48 m2 (500 sq. ft.) which became the site of the smallest house in Kreuzberg. This one-of-a-kind building in Berlin was carefully updated in 1991 with most of its original features preserved. Oranienstraße 46.
- The Heeresbäckerei was built as an ensemble of yellow-brick structures consisting of a granary, mill and bakery around 1890. The warehouse of this nineteenth-century industrial monument features Prussian vaulted ceilings and cast-iron columns and has been preserved in its original condition, even including the mill. Köpenicker Str. 16/17.
- An unconventional city tour with Garagenpalast will take you to many places and quirky objects unknown, forgotten or ignored places such as the Großbelastungskörper, an engineering prototype for the ceremonial arches for Hitler’s plans for Germania, the capital for his empire that he continued to plan until his death.
- In the “world’s first specialist flip-book shop”, you will find all sorts of wonderful souvenirs and gifts for friends and family back home, all made on-site. Kopernikusstraße 1.
- Historic Markthalle Neun is home to Street Food Thursday, offering fresh food from all over the world each week. Once a quarter, it also hosts a Naschmarkt where children’s dreams come true.
- The Marheineke Markthalle also has many market-fresh delicacies on offer. You can also take a peek behind the scenes at Radio multicult.fm and check out interesting photography on exhibit in the Browse Gallery.
- You can even rent a house boat near the Oberbaumbrücke, no licence required! Take a water coach on a comfortable cruise to Rummelsburger Bucht, through Berlin’s several canals, or across its many surrounding lakes. Also on board: four beds, gas stove, toilet, and sun deck.
- The Aufbauhaus on Moritzplatz is heart of Berlin’s creative scene. It has become a neighbourhood institution that’s home to Club Prince Charles, the TAK Theater, and the Kai Dikhas Roma and Sinti Gallery. Discover the only walk-in selfie camera in the world at Imago 1:1 in Planet Modulor.
Other neighbourhood tips can be found in our free “Going Local Berlin” app. Download your copy today and check it out.
You may also want to check our series of posts on Berlin’s districts in the visitBerlin blog.
Carnival of Cultures
Open Air Gallery
On Oberbaumbrücke bridge - July/August
International Berlin beer festival – August
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