This tour takes you to the most exciting places in Friedrichhain. You start from the underground station Frankfurter Tor. From the trendy nightlife district around Simon-Dach-Strasse, the route leads to the most beautiful vantage points on the Spree. You will make a short detour to Treptower Park and discover the East-Side-Gallery, see the magnificent boulevard Karl-Marx-Allee in Soviet style and finally relax in Volkspark Friedrichshain.
The pure driving time of this tour is one hour and 20 minutes. Plan time for stops, because there is a lot to see and beautiful places to linger.
Drive into Warschauer Straße and turn left into Boxhagener Straße. After a short while, turn right into Simon-Dach-Straße. In the 90s of the 20th century, this street developed from a quiet residential street into a lively nightlife and promenade. This is especially noticeable in the summer, when the more than 1,900 open-air cafés and restaurants are full.
After you have explored Simon-Dach-Strasse, take a short detour through the neighbourhood. You will also pass Boxhagener Platz. On Sundays there is a nice flea market here. Around the square there are cafés, restaurants and the odd ice cream.
Today, Ostkreuz station is used by 6 S-Bahn lines and regional trains. The striking symbol of the station is the listed water tower. The Ostkreuz water tower stands to the south of the station - and is 50 metres high. It was built in 1912 in Art Nouveau style. The water tower supplied the steam locomotives with water.
You continue straight ahead and cross the parkway bridge. Strictly speaking, you are now leaving Friedrichshain for a moment. From here you have a beautiful panorama of the Spree, the TV tower and the Molecule Man statue.
Treptower Park begins directly on the other side of the bridge. If you follow the route through the park, you can see the Soviet Memorial. Afterwards, cross the bridge back to Friedrichshain from where you came.
Once you are back on the other side of the Spree, keep left. Make a detour to Mediaspree riverside if you get the chance. You may have to push your bike here for a moment. The Mediaspree project is one of the most ambitious urban development projects in Europe. Over a length of 3.7 kilometres on both sides of the Spree, a new city district is being created - with architecturally outstanding new buildings and lavishly renovated old buildings, such as the MTV and Universal buildings.
You arrive at the Oberbaumbrücke. During the division of Germany, the bridge was a border crossing for pedestrians. After the fall of the Wall, it connects the two districts of Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg.
Cross Warschauer Straße, on your left you will see the 1316-metre-long East Side Gallery - the longest open-air gallery in the world with over 100 pictures on the former Wall. After a few metres you will pass O2 World. The O2 World is an impressive event hall where sporting events, concerts and other events take place. Keep going along Mühlenstraße - and then turn right into Straße der Pariser Kommune. Follow this street until you reach Ostbahnhof.
Ostbahnhof and Holzmarkt
Various long-distance, regional and city trains leave from Ostbahnhof. On Sundays, a large flea market is held here. Keep going straight on as Ostbahnhof continues to be on your right until you reach Holzmarktstraße. It's worth stopping here to visit the grounds of the Holzmarkt. There are small shops, a beer garden, restaurants and much more to discover. Then head back in the direction you came from. Turn left at the Straße der Pariser Kommune and continue straight on past the Ostbahnhof. After a while you will reach Karl-Marx-Allee.
Karl-Marx-Allee is impressive because of the enormous width it has in some places. The roadway is surprisingly small, while the tree-lined pavements are very wide. The unique apartment and tower houses in the architectural style of so-called "Socialist Classicism" - also known as Stalin Baroque - are striking. From Straußberger Platz, take Lichtenberger Straße, which leads you to the United Nations Square. Opposite, the Volkspark Friedrichshain invites you to take a detour.
Volkspark Friedrichshain is a 49-hectare municipal green space that has existed since 1846. There are numerous sights on the grounds, such as the Fairy Tale Fountain, the small and large Bunkerberg (Mont KIamott), the World Peace Bell, the Friedrichshain Open Air Cinema, the Monument to the Spanish Fighters and much more. If you leave the park in the direction of Petersburger Straße and follow it, you will get back to Frankfurter Tor.