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For many Berliners and tourists, the Wrangelkiez in the eastern part of Kreuzberg is the scene district par excellence. Since the 2000s, a colorful mix of clubs, bars, trendy cafés and kebab and falafel shops has established itself here, attracting thousands every weekend.

While on the one hand the proportion of 18-35 year olds in the district is around 33% and the proportion of people with a migration background is over 65%, gentrification is still noticeable everywhere and is leading to ongoing structural change.

And right in the middle of the neighborhood is the Catholic Church of St. Marien Liebfrauen. Since its inauguration in 1905, the imposing church building has had an eventful history with two world wars, the social misery of the post-war period, the time of separation and division, Turkish immigration beginning in the 1960s, the turbulent squatter period from the 1970s and the social and experienced economic change since the 1990s.

All of this has left its mark here. On this tour, we will not only go in search of traces in the church, but will also be out and about in the Wrangelkiez, and thus discover the "church in the neighborhood".

Meeting point: in the courtyard in front of the church, Wrangelstraße 50, 10997 Berlin
City guide: Jochen Schäfer
Suitable for people with walking difficulties
Aimed at: Adults

The tour takes place as part of the Long Night of Religions and is therefore free of charge.

The tour takes place in German.
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