Berlin/East Central

East Central is a trendy, bohemian, artsy area that consists of Kreuzberg, Friedrichshain and Prenzlauer Berg (sometimes called Prenzlberg). The western district Kreuzberg was merged with the eastern district Friedrichshain in 2001. They skew towards to a young and alternative, often politically left-oriented crowd. Both districts feature a very heterogeneous architecture, from whole quarters of 19th century apartment houses to functional and not very pleasant 60s and 70s residential building blocks. You also notice the differences as the districts were separated by the wall. The remaining part of the wall between Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg is the longest part still existing in Berlin. Prenzlauer Berg is to the northeast of Friedrichshain and has changed considerably since reunification. It has gentrified similarly to Brooklyn/Williamsburg from deserted apartment houses into a lively area for students, artists and young people – if they or their parents can afford it. Rents have risen sharply in the last few years, and many empty apartments in this area are no longer rented out but sold, refurbished into luxurious lofts or hostel rooms.

Understand

Frankfurter Tor in Friedrichshain

The former districts of Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain had few things in common (one thing is nowadays for sure the attraction to students, politically left and young creative people), due to their history on each side of the wall. Since the political decision to merge, these two districts work politically together. The name was made by flipping a coin to decide what name to appear first.

Kreuzberg is one of Berlin's most eclectic districts, home to an unusual mix of left-wing punks, anarchists, gays, creative artists and Turkish immigrants, the last of which make up a third of the population and have earned the area its occasional nickname Little Istanbul. The district has gentrified to a considerable extent in recent years, with dot-coms, marketing agencies, designers, German and international kids from wealthy backgrounds moving into renovated lofts and spacy apartments, but there are still plenty of kebab joints, funky nightclubs, and pictures of Abdullah Öcalan gazing down from Communist Party of Kurdistan propaganda posters.

Get in

Metro station U2 Eberswalder Straße

The main entry point for Kreuzberg 36 is Kottbusser Tor, the U-Bahn station on line U1 and U8. The U-Bahn line U1 is the backbone crossing the borough from east to west.

The main entry point for Kreuzberg 61 is Mehringdamm, the U-Bahn station on line U6 and U7.

The main gateways for Friedrichshain are the S-Bahn stations Ostkreuz and Warschauer Straße. There are frequent U- and S-Bahn to the main tourist central in Friedrichshain, e.g. the Berlin Wall East Side Gallery close to the "Warschauer Straße" station.

The best and fastest way to get into Prenzlauer Berg is either the U-Bahn (U2) Eberswalder Straße or the S-Bahn Schönhauser Allee (S41, S42, S8, S9, U2).

Anhalter Bahnhof - former railway terminus

See

There are several monuments and museums in this district as it stretches across the former borders of East and West Berlin, something that was only done in Mitte, too.

Kreuzberg

Museums and Memorials

Friedrichshain

Decorated house on Kreutzigerstraße in Friedrichshain

Prenzlauer Berg

There aren't many museums and only a few minor sights to explore in Prenzlauer Berg, although the recently opened (and free!) Kulturbrauerei Museum is well worth a detour for those interested in everyday life in East Germany. Of some interest is the atmosphere in the streets, sitting down in a nice café and watching the hip crowds go by.

Zeiss-Großplanetarium

Do

outdoor Bearpit karaoke, at Mauerpark

Kreuzberg

Friedrichshain

Prenzlauer Berg

Nearly everywhere the clubs and bars are open till at least 5 o'clock (on weekends).

KulturBrauerei (Culture Brewery)
Schönwetter cafe at Mauerpark Fleamarket

Buy

Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain

Flea markets

Boxhagener Market

Record stores

Clothing


Gifts and Home Decor

Prenzlauer Berg

Flea markets

Bookshops and record stores

Clothing

Decoration

Eat

Kreuzberg

Known for its innovative and good value restaurants. The variety of immigrants can be witnessed in the corresponding restaurants. The following have been recommended in a fast changing market.

Budget

Mid-range

Opposite the U-Bahn station Schlesisches Tor is a very good Turkish bakery which offers broad variety of pastries, cakes, bread and other sweet stuff.

Friedrichshain

Budget

Mid-range

Prenzlauer Berg

Prenzelberg is very popular with students and other budget-conscious people but in recent years the area (especially around Kollwitzplatz) has been developed which has attracted more upmarket restaurants. In other words, check the menu before you sit down.

Konnopke's Imbiß

Drink

Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain

Kreuzberg is a popular area for a drink and most people enjoy the very laid back atmosphere. Usually people tend to go out later so most bars start to fill up from 10-11PM

Clubs

Prenzlauer Berg

Bars and Cafes

Clubs

Sleep

Budget

Bed and Breakfast

Mid-range

Budget

Mid-range

Splurge

Kreuzberg

Connect

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