Berlin Kreuzberg is a very special neighbourhood: creative, buzzing, vibrant – and never boring, that’s for sure. The Orania.Berlin makes the perfect base to explore this quirky place – just a short walk from all the nearby attractions, it’s the ideal starting point to discover Kreuzberg’s unique flair by foot or by bike on a city break to remember.
Orania.Berlin – a boutique hotel in the heart of Kreuzberg
Visitors will fall in love with the luxurious hotel Orania.Berlin at first sight. Situated on Berlin Kreuzberg’s bustling Oranienplatz, this stunning 1912 building – formerly housing a café and offices – reopened in 2017 as a stylish boutique hotel with characteristic Kreuzberg flair. Ever since, it’s been a magnet for visitors looking to discover Kreuzberg’s incomparable charm and relax in style while they enjoy everything the area has to offer.
Oranienstraße, where the hotel is located, runs from Görlitzer Bahnhof to Moritzplatz through the legendary Kreuzberg 36 district: traditionally known as one of the city’s most vibrant and creative areas. The neighbourhood surrounding Orania.Berlin is the perfect spot to make all kinds of discoveries – from cultural hotspots to global cuisine.
However, the Orania.Berlin itself is so stunning you might not even want to start exploring until you’ve fully taken in the majesty of its fixtures and fittings. The interior of this 41-room boutique hotel is crafted from carefully selected materials, patterns and motifs from around the world. The hotel bar and lobby play host to regular jazz concerts, while a gym allows you to exercise using the latest Technogym equipment.
Live Kreuzberg like a local in the area around Oranienplatz and Moritzplatz
Kreuzberg marches to the beat of its own drum – and that beat will be pounding your door down the second you check into Orania.Berlin. Lively Oranienstraße and bustling Oranienplatz are local favourites where you’ll find a mixture of long-established and brand-new bars and cafés. Among these old favourites and new faces you’ll find restaurants from every cuisine, typical Berlin all-night shops and all kinds of exclusive stores and designer boutiques.
Moritzplatz is less than half a kilometre from Oranienplatz – and since reunification, it’s undergone a considerable transformation. It’s now a creative hub, playing host to the Aufbau Haus – home to creative organisations, associations and even art collections – and Berlin publishing house Aufbau Verlag, which also operates the theatre company Aufbau Kreuzberg.
Another bright spot on Moritzplatz is the Prinzessinnengärten on the southeast side of the square. Here, committed urban gardeners work together to grow vegetables and herbs for the common good on 6,000 m2 of land – and their idyllic green gardens are the perfect place to explore on fascinating walks.
The area around the hotel is also a hotspot for those infamous endless Kreuzberg nights. Just 400 m from the hotel, you’ll find the music club SO36, previously home to a restaurant and cinema. It has played host to regular concerts and parties since 1978. Other popular clubs in the area include Prince Charles on Moritzplatz and the nearby Ritter Butzke.
A world of culture to discover near Orania.Berlin
The area around Kottbusser Tor, Oranienplatz and Moritzplatz – which became part of Berlin in the 18th century – has a vibrant cultural scene. It all starts at the Orania.Berlin, where the stunning hotel lobby frequently stages concerts featuring Berlin-based artists. The vibrant programme ranges from pop and soul to jazz and world music.
A short walk from the hotel, you’ll find the Ballhaus Naunynstrasse, an intriguing contemporary arts space focusing on productions addressing the impact of the migrant experience. Just around the corner from the hotel, on Adalbertstrasse, you’ll also find the FHXB Museum – a quirky and informative institution sharing everything you need to know about the eventful history of Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg.
There’s a lot on offer culturally at the western end of Oranienstraße, such as the Jewish Museum Berlin – the largest of its kind in Europe. Not far from there you’ll find the Berlinische Galerie, where visual art, architecture and photography have been on show since the late 19th century. The König Galerie on Alexandrinenstraße, about 1.5 km from the hotel, also displays contemporary art in a Brutalist concrete church.
Discover Kreuzberg’s food scene from Orania.Berlin
Kreuzberg is known for its international flair. On your strolls you’ll find all kinds of fascinating places to eat and drink in the local area, such as the ORA – a historic pharmacy turned wine bar and restaurant. But if you’re looking for culinary highlights, you don’t even have to leave the building. The hotel’s own Orania.Restaurant offers an innovative concept that goes right back to basics: head chef Philipp Vogel creates every dish using just three ingredients – including authentically prepared Peking duck, Kreuzberg style. The XBerg Duck is a popular signature dish, sliced right in front of the guests at the table.
A hallmark of the urban area of Kreuzberg is the wide choice of streetfood. Döner, dürüm and roasted half-chickens are all part of the traditional selection, but the range and variety are constantly growing. About 15 minutes’ walk from Orania.Berlin you’ll find Markthalle Neun, where you can try handmade boulette meatballs and international specialities. The Burgermeister hamburger stand at Schlesisches Tor is a local institution, of course, and not just for its quirky location in a former toilet under the railway arches – it’s a fantastic spot in its own right serving fresh, juicy burgers.
In Görlitzer Park, not far from Schlesisches Tor, you’ll find Café Mugrabi, a cosy spot serving Levantine cuisine. Just 800 m from the hotel, you can check out Kimchi Princess with its wide range of Korean dishes. Cocolo Ramen X-Berg, a hop, skip and a jump south of the Landwehrkanal, is easy to reach by foot, serving traditional ramen and Japanese snacks.
A little later in the evening, you might want to sample Kreuzberg’s legendary bar and nightlife scene. The Rote Harfe, right on Heinrichplatz, serves delicious dishes to strengthen you for the evening ahead – or the morning after. By night, the bar welcomes visitors to enjoy a laid-back while people-watching on Oranienstraße. And the Prinzipal Kreuzberg, also on Oranienstraße, is known for its incredible burlesque shows.