Around Warschauer Straße and the Oberbaumbrücke bridge, you’ll find one of Berlin’s liveliest and most famous neighbourhoods. Located right in the heart of the action in Friedrichshain, the Michelberger Hotel & Restaurant is the perfect spot for a city break combining cultural attractions with rest and relaxation. There’s plenty on the doorstep to entertain – from delicious international cuisine to the locally roasted coffee, local neighbourhood cinema to the Mercedes-Benz Arena.
Michelberger Hotel & Restaurant: the ideal base to explore Friedrichshain and beyond
Situated in an impressive Wilhelmine factory building, the Michelberger Hotel & Restaurant is smack bang in the middle of one of the hippest parts of Berlin. It’s just a stone’s throw from the Oberbaumbrücke bridge linking the sought-after districts of Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg, and a short walk from the famous East Side Gallery. With its minimalist design and industrial-meets-retro chic that blend seamlessly into the area, it’s a stylish spot for a Berlin city break – as the clutch of awards it’s picked up from design and travel magazines will show.
The hotel’s central location is the perfect base to explore all the delights of Friedrichshain and the nearby Wrangelkiez neighbourhood, just over the bridge in Kreuzberg. Walk a few minutes more to discover more local gems, such as the Mercedes-Benz Arena with its busy events programme, and the beautiful banks of the river Spree on the Treptow side. At the Michelberger Hotel & Restaurant, there’s plenty to explore on your doorstep – and when you’re ready to chill out after a long day exploring, you can put your feet up in the welcoming inner courtyard.
The Michelberger Hotel & Restaurant has plenty of bright and beautiful rooms with their own unique designs, as well as apartment-style ‘hideout’ rooms featuring kitchens, saunas and rainfall showers. These are the perfect place to stay for a Berlin city break your own way – simply head down to the weekly market near Boxhagener Straße to pick up fresh produce to prepare yourself in the kitchen. If you fancy letting someone else do the cooking, head to the hotel restaurant, where you’ll find locally roasted coffee and an organic restaurant. The vegetables even come from the hotel’s own Michelberger Farm in the Spree Forest in Brandenburg. Once your appetite is sated, work it off with a night of dancing at one of the many live gigs and DJ nights that take place at the hotel.
A vibrant neighbourhood on your doorstep
The Michelberger Hotel & Restaurant is located on Friedrichshain’s bustling Warschauer Straße. Head north along the street to check out some of its incredible restaurants and boutiques. Make a right to explore the streets around Simon-Dach-Straße, known for its wide range of culinary delights. With all kinds of international cuisine, you can take your tastebuds on a world tour every day of the week. About a kilometre from the hotel, you’ll find Plusminusnull, a stylish restaurant serving Mediterranean food. You can also head across the street to check out Syrian spot Fatoush, or for a taste of Latin America, the Habana Bar.
Head further north along Warschauer Straße from the hotel and in about 15 minutes, you’ll reach Karl-Marx-Allee. Designed as a grand boulevard in the GDR era, this iconic street sweeps from the Frankfurter Tor towards the city. The Frankfurter Tor itself is a must-see, with its two towers making it a Friedrichshain landmark. If you walk a little bit further from there, you reach the popular area around Samariterstraße U-Bahn station. Here you can stop for a refreshment at one of the wonderful local cafés and restaurants.
If you want to soak up some culture, the area around the hotel has got you covered, particularly for cinema – from local Kino Intimes with its charming 1970s feel to the incredible Ladenkino with its specially selected programme of cinematic delights. Friedrichshain is also a great spot to shop ’til you drop and pick up creative gems from local makers. The NOW & THEN concept store on Kopernikusstraße carries creations from six Berlin designers, while Schwesterherz on Gärtnerstraße specialises in stunning wrapping paper, stationery and decorations. You can rock Berlin style from head to toe with a stop at stylish shoe shop Fußgarage on Simon-Dach-Straße.
Explore Kreuzberg’s quirky Wrangelkiez
While the Michelberger Hotel & Restaurant is firmly rooted in Friedrichshain, quirky Kreuzberg is just 500 m away. Head along Warschauer Straße to the iconic neo-Gothic Oberbaumbrücke to cross the Spree. Once you reach the other side, you’ll find yourself in the vibrant Kreuzberg neighbourhood of Wrangelkiez. It’s home to all kinds of quirky shops, cafés and restaurants nestling between Görlitzer Straße and the banks of the Spree.
At the Kreuzberg end of the bridge, on Oberbaumstraße, you’ll find a unique cultural treat: the Ramones Museum. The world’s first museum dedicated to the US punk band exhibits photos, band members’ clothes and other memorabilia from the Ramones’ vivid history. After your visit, stop off for a cup of quality sustainable coffee and a slice of cake at 19grams Schlesi. If you fancy snapping up some Berlin street style, check out local institution OVERKILL at Schlesisches Tor, where you can pick up your dream pair of sneakers. Shopping can be hungry work, so check out nearby Burgermeister for a bite afterwards – this popular spot serves its fresh and juicy burgers in a restored former public toilet building beneath the U-Bahn railway line.
Riverside and East Side: even more cultural highlights to explore
The Wrangelkiez is situated right next to the banks of the river Spree, on the Treptow side. Numerous restaurants and venues have sprung up around the long-established Arena concert and trade fair hall. On summer days, this area can get pretty lively with locals and visitors looking to soak up the sun. Hotspots include the Club der Visionäre and the restaurant Freischwimmer right on the idyllic Flutgraben. And if you’d like to cool off, you’ve come to the right place: the popular Badeschiff, a vast swimming pool with sparkling blue waters right on the river, awaits. If you’d prefer to top up your tan, you can relax on sun loungers surrounded by soft sands on the riverbanks beside it.
If you’d like to cap off your Berlin city break with a little bit of the city’s fascinating history, you’ll find the East Side Gallery around the corner from the hotel, on Mühlenstraße. This kilometre-long outdoor gallery showcases a section of the former Berlin Wall adorned with designs from artists with a variety of different styles. The gallery passes the modern Mercedes-Benz Arena, a huge events space whose auditorium is regularly home to live concerts as well as basketball and ice hockey games. In its forecourt you’ll find all kinds of restaurants, a cinema and the Verti Music Hall, which also hosts live music events.