Live the city like a local on a Berlin city break at Hotel Oderberger – in the magnificent surroundings of a former swimming baths, lovingly restored and equipped with everything you need from a modern hotel. The hotel makes a wonderful base for discovering foodie hubs, independent boutiques and local history and culture in the vibrant Prenzlauer Berg neighbourhoods around Kollwitzplatz and Helmholtzplatz.
Immerse yourself in local Berlin history at Hotel Oderberger
Prenzlauer Berg is one of the capital’s most vibrant areas – and Hotel Oderberger is the perfect spot for sampling its charms on a Berlin city break. It’s nestled between two of the area’s most charming squares, Helmholtzplatz and Kollwitzplatz, offering guests the ideal base for exploring this popular area by foot. Hotel Oderberger is a place where you can truly do Berlin like the locals – with quirky Oderberger Straße on the doorstep, visitors are just a short stroll from local bars and boutiques, Gründerzeit architecture and leafy green spaces.
Past meets present at the hotel. It’s located in a listed building that was once home to the local swimming baths – offering guests the chance to immerse themselves in the distinctive Gründerzeit style of early 20th century Berlin. The baths closed in 1986, and 30 years later, a modern hotel was born – combining old-world charm with everything guests expect from a 21st-century establishment, including 70 stylish rooms, two self-catered apartments and five sophisticated tower suites.
Hotel Oderberger is certainly a treat for the aesthete. The building’s crowning glory is the magnificent swimming hall, lovingly restored in all its neo-Renaissance glory in 2016. Meanwhile, visitors can step outside to sample something a little more contemporary: the inner courtyard and terrace is adorned with incredible murals by the finest street artists commissioned by the hotel. Check out French graffiti pioneer Victor Ash’s bold ‘The Big Jump’ or ‘Dedicated to’ by Various & Gould. If you’ve got a taste for graffiti, you can also head to Schwedter Straße 29 to check out Snoopy and the balloon (‘Believe in Dog’) by Fanakapan.
Soak up the local vibes on two popular Prenzlauer Berg squares
Hotel Oderberger is the perfect starting point for exploring the city. Its location is as inspiring as its design – situated between two thriving neighbourhoods centred around Helmholtzplatz and Kollwitzplatz. These two city squares offer a green oasis among handsome Gründerzeit buildings, where locals love to lounge on a summer’s day before strolling down the side streets to discover shops, bars and cafés.
Less than 700 metres from the hotel, you’ll find Kollwitzplatz – which, truth be told, is more of a triangle than a square. This is the perfect place to explore Berlin coffee culture, surrounded by charming cafés and restaurants and buzzing bars and boutiques. The Kulturbrauerei, situated on quirky Schönhauser Allee between Kollwitzplatz and Hotel Oderberger, is a must-visit. This cultural centre boasts bars, discos, a theatre and cinema – the perfect spot to sample the city’s nightlife after dark. If you prefer to fill your cup with culture, the Kulturbrauerei also hosts interesting exhibitions – or you can take in a show at the Pfefferberg Theater, on the site of a former brewery.
North-east of the hotel is lively Helmholtzkiez – a neighbourhood beloved among locals and visitors alike. Its focal point is Helmholtzplatz, a popular spot for Berlin families with two children’s playgrounds and plenty of sports facilities for visitors to let off steam and work off the sugar rush from coffee and cake they’ve sampled at nearby cafés.
Great shopping and culinary delights on the doorstep at Hotel Oderberger
Hungry foodies and those looking for a little retail therapy need look no further than the wide variety of options around Hotel Oderberger. The hotel is known for its delicious breakfast featuring fresh local produce – but be sure to leave a little room to sample some of the delicious cuisine on offer in the local area.
Shopping is a great way to work up an appetite. Buzzing Oderberger Straße and the surroundings is a great spot to find quirky independent boutiques selling unique eco-friendly products you won’t find anywhere else. Pick up a souvenir of the city to wear and keep forever at jewellery studio TomShot or browse eco-friendly slow fashion at Wertvoll.
A superb spot for culture vultures
You don’t have to head to the usual suspects to explore Berlin’s fascinating past. In the capital, history awaits around every corner. Based at Hotel Oderberger, you can explore the compelling life and times of the local area. There are plenty of museums and other sites to explore, such as the synagogue on Rykestraße, the Jewish cemetery and the historic water tower at Kollwitzplatz. Find out how locals lived at the turn of the 20th century at the Museum Pankow on Dunckerstraße.
But it’s not all local flavour – just west of the hotel, on Bernauer Straße, you’ll find a piece of world history: a section of the former Berlin Wall. If this little slice of Berlin’s more famous story gives you a taste to explore the rest of the city, join Berlin on Bike for fantastic cycling tours of the capital. If that doesn’t satisfy your wanderlust, exploring the wider universe might be more your thing. Luckily, the Zeiss Planetarium is just a stone’s throw from the hotel – and the perfect place to discover the galaxy.