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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 east Berlin district Friedrichshain in 2001. They both have a rather poor population (high unemployment rate) and they are a habitat to a young and alternative, often politically left oriented crowd. Both districts feature a very heterogenous architecture, from whole quarters of 19th century apartment houses to functional and not very pleasant 60s and 70s residential building blocks. As the districts were separated by the wall, you notice also some differences. The remaining part of the wall between Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg is the longest still existing one in Berlin. Prenzlauer Berg has changed considerably since reunification, transforming 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 extremely in the last years. Usually empty apartments nowadays in this area aren't rented out but sold away, transformed into luxurious lofts or hostel rooms.

Understand[edit]

Frankfurter Tor

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 a 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[edit]

The main entry point for Kreuzberg 36 is Kottbusser Tor, the U-Bahn station on line 1 and 8. The U-Bahn line 1 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 6 and 7.

The main gateways for Friedrichshain are the S-Bahn stations Ostkreuz and Warschauer Straße. There are frequent U- and S-Bahns 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.

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Kreuzberg[edit]

  • Oranienstraße (K36) — A street full of shops, cafes and restaurants. - U1, U8 „Kottbusser Tor“ or U1 „Görlitzer Bahnhof“
  • Bergmannstraße (K61) — Like Oranienstraße a street full of shops, cafes and restaurants, but in the other, more middle-class part of Kreuzberg. - U6, U7 „Mehringdamm“
  • Görlitzer Park. 150-200m along the Wiener Straße (bypassing the fire house and the public swimming pool) from U-Bahn Görlitzer Bahnhof, the park is famous for the Turkish families barbecuing on summer weekends, failed contemporary art and relaxed atmosphere of students.
  • Landwehrkanal. Take a stroll for a few kilometers along this canal which runs right through the heart of Kreuzberg. It's peaceful and mostly traffic-free, but full of life in summer. Some parts are lined with bars and restaurants with terraces. Sit on a bench or terrace and watch the world go by on a summer evening.
  • Viktoriapark with the Kreuzberg (Cross Mountain), a hill in the Kreuzberg 61 with a Prussian National Monument and a waterfall.

Museums and Galleries[edit]

  • Jüdisches Museum Berlin (Berlin Jewish Museum) [1]. Designed by Daniel Libeskind with an excellent exposition on the Jewish life in Berlin and the impact of the Holocaust.
  • Martin-Gropius-Bau – Since 1970s exhibition hall – Niederkirchnerstraße 7, tel +49 30 254 86 0, open: We to Mo 10:00–19:00. – Bus M41 „Abgeordnetenhaus“ or S1, S2, S25, U2 „Potsdamer Platz“
  • Topography of Terror [2]. This museum documents the terror applied by the Nazi regime. – Open: Daily 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Admission free. – Bus M41 „Abgeordnetenhaus“, Bus M29 „Wilhemstr./Kochstr.“, U2 „Potsdamer Platz“ or U6 „Kochstraße“
  • Berlinische Galerie [3] Alte Jakobstraße 124-128, We - Mo 10 am-6 pm, closed on Tuesday.
  • Deutsches Technikmuseum Berlin (Berlin’s German Museum of Technology with Science Center Spectrum) – Huge technical museum, featuring among many other things an exhibit about computer pioneer Konrad Zuse's work, a collection of old locomotives, and the interactive SPECTRUM science center with various hands-on experiments.

Friedrichshain[edit]

decorated house
Oberbaumbrücke during the Festival of Lights 2007.
  • Karl-Marx-Allee – The main street of former East Berlin. It is a big avenue, featuring neoclassical DDR buildings, fountains and lakes (subway line U5).
  • Computerspielemuseum (Exhibition of digital interactive entertainment culture.), Karl-Marx-Allee 93a, +49 30 60988577, [4]. Wednesday to Monday 10am-8pm, closed on Tuesday. Near the underground station Weberwiese (line U5). Normal €8, Reduced €5.  edit
  • East Side Gallery [5], the longest stretch (1300m) of the Berlin Wall still in existence, painted by artists in 1991 and restored in 2009, after years of decay. At Mühlenstraße, next to the river Spree. Note that the murals are painted on the east side of the wall after the fall of Communism; so they are not from the Cold War, during which murals could only be painted on the west side. The gallery is close to the Ostbahnhof S-Bahn station on the west side and the Warschauer Straße S+U-Bahn station on the east side.
    • Make sure not to miss the famous mural of a car seemingly crashing through the wall with Brezhnev and Honecker kissing above it. It is actually on the back side of the gallery (it is facing away from the street.) It is just inside the entrance of the Eastern Comfort Hostel, near the east end of the gallery.
  • Oberbaumbrücke, arguably the most beautiful bridge in Berlin and the only connection between Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg. (U1 „Schlesisches Tor“)
  • Der Märchenbrunnen – the Fountain of Legends at the Volkspark Friedrichshain (Tram M4 or Bus 200 „Am Friedrichshain“).
  • Boxhagener Kiez – The area around Boxhagener Platz is filled with bars, cafes and small shops. Boxhagener Platz itself is a small park with a playground and a cafe, and the nearby Simon-Dach-Straße is filled with cheap bars and restaurants. At the weekend you can find many places that serve the famous, cheap Berliner brunch. On Sundays there is a small flea market worth strolling around, and on Saturdays there's a food market selling groceries and street food. (Tram M13, 21, Bus 240).

Prenzlauer Berg[edit]

There are only a few minor sights and museums to explore in Prenzlauer Berg. Of some interest is the atmosphere in the streets, sitting down in a nice café and watching the hip crowds go by.

  • The first (and one of the biggest) water tower of Berlin (built 1877) is located at Rykestrasse, corner Knaackstrasse.
  • The Synagogue in the backyard of an apartment house in Rykestrasse 53 is one of the biggest in Germany. [6]
  • Jewish cemetery and lapidarium with old tombstones at Schönhauser Allee 23-25.
  • The Gethsemanekirche was the meeting point of one of the leading oppositions against the GDR regime and is a great Neogothic church. Also the only ecumenical Lord's supper with Protestants and Catholics together took place in the Gethsemanekirche (2003).

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Kreuzberg[edit]

  • Moviemento. Cinema showing independent and older movies, some in English.
  • Meistersaal (Hansa-Studios by the wall), Köthener Str 38 (near Potsdamer Platz), [7]. The area around changed a lot, the building with the Meistersaal, an old music hall from the 1900s persisted. Later converted into sound studios, music history was written here with Bowie ("heroes"), Iggy Pop, or U2 amongst others producing here at the "Studio by the wall". Guided tours available occasionally.  edit

Friedrichshain[edit]

  • The Wall – East Side Gallery. [U+S-Bahn Warschauer Straße]. The longest stretch of the Berlin Wall, where you can get your passport stamped with the touristy Checkpoint Charlie stamp, among other designs, for 2 €.

Prenzlauer Berg[edit]

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

outdoor Bearpit karaoke, at Mauerpark
  • Mauerpark, at the end of the Eberswalder Str., was once a piece of the Berlin wall. Today in the summer it is a nice place to be, especially for young people.
  • Bearpit Karoke, (at Mauerpark), [8]. in summer afternoons as long as the battery last. Outdoor kareoke free, but you can tip.  edit
  • The KulturBrauerei [9] is a complex that was once a brewery. There you can find the Jazz Cafe, the SODA restaurant where you can enjoy a fine meal of insects, and some clubs: Club 23, nbi and frannz. The KulturBrauerei also has several cinemas showing alternative movies, the Kesselhaus concert house, and one of the best shop for instruments in Berlin, the "Sound and Drumland". To get there, get off at U-Bahn Station „Eberswalder Straße“ (U2).
Shoenwetter cafe at Mauerpark Fleamarket
  • Kastanienallee and Oderberger Straße, nice streets with lots of little shops. Nice cafes to sit outside in the summer and watch people pass by.
  • Helmholtzplatz, little park with cafes and restaurants surrounding it
  • Kollwitzplatz, small nice park with cafes and a great market on Saturday, there is an extensive selection of food (a feast for the eyes as well as the stomach.)
  • Get you hair cut for €12 at Kopfgeldjäger, Stargarder Straße 76

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Kreuzberg[edit]

Flea markets[edit]

  • Treptower Hallen/Arena. Sun 10AM-6PM.

Record shops[edit]

  • Hardwax, Paul-Lincke-Ufer 44a, [10]. Mon-Sat noon-8PM. THE techno record shop in Berlin; huge back catalogue and weekly news from around the world; also reggae 7" and drum&bass.
  • Heisse Scheiben, Ohlauer Str. 44, [11], Mo-Fr 12-7, Sat 11-3; big 2nd hand record store
  • Space-Hall, Zossenerstr. 33, [12]. Mon-Fri 11AM-8PM, Sat 11AM-4PM. A large selection of electronic music, from the latest releases to older vinyl.

Friedrichshain[edit]

Flea markets[edit]

  • Boxhagener Platz. Sun 10AM-6PM.
Boxhagener Market

Fashion[edit]

  • Berlinomat, Frankfurter Allee 89 (S+U Frankfurter Allee). Mon-Fri 11AM-8PM, Sat 10AM–6PM.
  • Flaming Squeegee, Gabriel-Max Str. 9, Friedrichshain, Berlin, 03027589725 (). Funny, creative selection of rockabilly and punk t-shirts, bar, and band merchandise.  edit

Decoration[edit]

  • Lampenladen, Gabriel-Max-Str. 18, [13]. Mon-Fri noon-8PM, Weekend 10-8PM. Huge selection of hand-craft lamps made of silk and bamboos. Located next to Boxhagener Platz.

Prenzlauer Berg[edit]

Bookshops and Record Stores[edit]

  • Dense, Danziger Str. 16. Electronic music.
  • Club Sound Records, Eberswalderstr. 32. Techno.
  • Da Capo, Kastanienallee 96. 2nd Hand, Rock, Pop.
  • Hip-Hop-Records, Schönhauser Allee 49. Hip Hop.
  • Vopo Records, Danziger Strasse 31. Punk, Rock.
  • Mundo Azul[14], Choriner Strasse 49. International Children's and Youth Literature and Music.

....Oye Records

Clothing[edit]

  • "tausche", Raumerstraße 8. New Flap, New Bag – tausche Bags Are Different Every Day. Berlin fans from all over the world can be spotted with the television tower, the city map or Berlin’s area code +49 30 on their tausche bags. [15].
  • "Princigalli", Stargarder Strasse 67. Quality shoes and cosmetics for ladies.
  • "Who Killed Bambi?", Eberswalderstrasse 26. Colourful Tops, Bags & Things.
  • Sgt.Peppers, Kastanienallee 91-92. 70's Second Hand.
  • Pauls Boutique, Oderbergerstr. 47. Sneakers.
  • Eisdieler, Kastanienallee. Sneakers.
  • Flagshipstore, Oderberger Strasse 53. Mon-Sat noon - 8PM.
  • Hit In TV, Oderberger Strasse (near Mauer Park). Tue-Fri noon-7PM, Sat noon-6PM.

Fleamarkets[edit]

  • Mauerpark, Bernauer Straße 63-64, 10435 Berlin, tram-station M10 or bus 247 "wolliner strasse" great Sunday flea market for vintage clothing, furniture, rare vinyl; not many professionals. A typical Berlin experience Open Sunday 07:00-17:00
  • Rosenthal Flohmarkt, Kopenhagener Str. 79-81, 13158 Berlin, (S-Bahn Wilhelmsruh) Open sat + sun 7:00-14:00

Decoration[edit]

  • La Lampisterie, Greifswalder Str. 195, 10405 Berlin [16]. Thu-Fri 14:00-19:00, Saturday 11:00-16:00. Great selection of old design lamps in a crazy shop

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Kreuzberg[edit]

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[edit]

  • Curry 36, Mehringdamm 32
  • Mustafas Gemüse Kebap, Mehringdamm 32 (Directly outside the Mehringdamm U-Bahn station, on the western side of the road), [17]. Regarded as the best Döner Kebab in Berlin. Mustafas is a local institution and draws crowds of Berliners day and night. Expect to stand in line for 20 - 40 minutes to get your kebab, which attests to the reputation that this place has. Drink beer from the convenience store while you wait. Standard kebabs are €2.90.  edit
  • Knofi Café in der Bergmannstraße 11 – tel: (0)30 - 695 64 359, Mo-So: 7:00 - 24:00 h – U6, U7 „Mehringdamm“.
  • Morgenland, Skalitzer Str. 35 (U-Bahn Görlitzer Bahnhof), tel: (0)30 611 3291. Oriental breakfast buffet on weekends (reservation essential!), restaurant and bar every day with good food for mid-range prices.
  • Nil. Sudanese fast food shop, serves excellent falafel and other Arabic snacks together with its famous peanut sauce.
  • To Loc, Wiener Str. 61. Indochinese cuisine. The best Asian kitchen so far. Highly recommended by a local.
  • Hannibal, Wiener Str. 69 (U-Bahn Görlitzer Bahnhof), tel. 030 611 5160. Famous for its burgers and weekend buffet breakfast, good cocktails in the evening.
  • Tiki Heart, Wiener Straße 20, tel. 030-61 07 47 03. Innovative and creative Asian, Polynesian and South American breakfast.
  • Cream, Schlesische Straße 6, tel. 030-61 07 49 80. Urban coffee house culture with own breakfast creations linked to the film "Herr Lehmann" and own coffee creation.
  • Yellow Sunshine, Wienerstr. 19 (near Görlitzer Bahnhof), [18]. This vegetarian diner offers "bio fast food": soya burgers, organic french fries and currywurst made of seitan. To be enjoyed with freshly-squeezed fruit juice.  edit
  • Sarod's Thai Restaurant, Friesenstr. 22, (at the border of the Bergmannkiez, close to Marheineke Markthalle), +493069507333, [19]. Mon-Sat 12-14, Sun 14-24. This authentic Thai restaurant offers great food made from fresh ingredients. The ambiente and staff are nice and friendly, and they know English (and Thai, for that matter). Most meals are available as a small portion. $7-$14. (52.488118,13.394512) edit

Midrange[edit]

  • RosaCaleta Muskauer Straße 9; Phone: 695 37 859; Jamaican-European Fusion Food, Tuesday to Sunday from 11:00 till 01:00 [20]
  • Hasir, Adalbertstrasse 10, tel. 614 2373, [21]. The flagship of a chain run by Mehmet Aygun, who has a pretty good claim to inventing the döner kebab as we know it, and the kebab here is among the best in town. Main courses still a steal at €6-11. Open 24 hours.
  • Kuchenkaiser, Oranienplatz 11-13, tel. 030 614 02697. Institution for generation 68, breakfast till 4PM and global kitchen highlights every week.
  • The Shy Chef, [22]. A secret gourmet restaurant in the home of a local resident, with modern European cooking. The address will be revealed to you when you make your booking.  edit
  • Asador Steakhouse, Wilhelmstrasse 22 (corner of Hedemannstrasse), tel. 030 2593 1818. Spanish and Argentinian food. Food is good and portions are not so small, waiters are able to speak English. Have a look at the water and drink prices and the taxes to avoid surprises.
  • Angus Restaurant Steak-Haus, Kreuzbergstrasse 11-12, ''+49 030'' 786 27 42. Good food (pizza from €3, pasta, different steaks ect.) while enjoying a nice atmosphere. Its one of the cheapest restaurants in Kreuzberg and because of this very crowded (which is part of the nice atmopshere)  edit
  • Turnhalle, Holteistraße 6-9 (Friedrichshain, Warschauer station), ''+49 (0)'' 30 29 364 816 (, fax: +49 (0) 30 29 364 836), [23]. This big old gym is turned into a spacious restaurant, lounge and cocktailbar. Free wireless internet. €13 for mains.  edit
  • Schneeweiss, Simplonstraße 16 (Friedrichshain, Warschauer station), ''+49 030'' 29 04 97 04 (), [24]. 11am-4pm, 5pm-11pm. Very white and clean but still cozy restaurant with knodels, schnitzel and other German food. Very popular, so make a reservation €15 for a main.  edit
  • Caldera, Gabriel-Max-Str. 17 (Boxhagernar Platz), ''+49 030'' 34 200 568 50, [25]. Great mediterranean food and fancy cocktails in a romantic atomosphere  edit
  • Cayetano, Simon-Dach-Str. 14 (Frankfurter Tor), ''+49 030'' 547 300 42. Mediterran food. Amazing weekend brunch buffet. Free wireless Internet  edit
  • Spätzle & Knödel, Wühlischstraße 20, ''+49 30'' 27571151. mo-fr 5pm-midnight , sa-so 3pm-midnight. Simple and informal restaurant but the southern Swabian-Bavarian food is delicious and spot on. And they have good beer to match the food. €10 for mains.  edit
  • Korea Manna, Niederbarnimstrasse 11 (U Frankfurter Tor). Don't let the Heineken sign misguide you, this place serves excellent korean food. Try the steamed soy beans as starter and have a bottle of Soju, a Korean schnaps similar to wodka. €5-7 for mains.  edit

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

Friedrichshain[edit]

Prenzlauer Berg[edit]

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 [26], Schönhauser Allee 44B (U-Bahn station Eberswalder Strasse under the tracks). Famous for their Currywurst and truly does sell the best curry sausage you can find. A local would ask for a "Curry mit 'ner Schrippe" (a Currywurst with a roll). Since 1930. Open Mo-Fr 10:00 - 20:00, Sa 12:00 - 20:00.
  • Malzcafe, Knaackstr. 99, tel. 030-440 47 227. Good modern German kitchen for budget travellers with some good veggie choices. Famous with locals.
  • Neugrüns Köche, Schönhauser Allee 135a, tel. 030-440 12 092. Modern German kitchen with daily changing menus. Opens at 6 pm.
  • Berliner Currywurst & Coffeeshop [27]; Knaackstrasse 98; Kulturbrauerei. Tel. 0171/2891768 finest German food.
  • Kleine Eiszeit, Stargarder Strasse (opposite of Gethsemane Church). The best ice-cream in Prenzlauer Berg, expect a long queue, closed in winter.
  • Prater [28], Kastanienallee. A beer garden with a restaurant under shady chestnut trees. The oldest beer garden in Berlin.
  • Butter, Pappelallee (corner of Raumerstrasse). Good food, nice salads, reasonable prices.
  • Bangkok Treffpunkt [29], Prenzlauer Allee 46. Thai restaurant. Excellent service, open until 23.00. Recommended for value and food quality by many in the tourist scene. Has same prices as in 1996.

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Kreuzberg[edit]

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 10-11 PM

Bars[edit]

  • Madame CLAUDE, Lübbener Str.19, tel. 030-84 11 08 61. Gigs 5 days a week (indie-rock, experimental, folk...). Crazy Deco (everything is upside-down). Open daily from 7PM till late.
  • Bar Sofia, Wrangelstr. 93 (U Schlesisches Tor). Small café and bar with a bit tacky but very nice interior. Open daily from 9AM. Hot drinks till 8PM, alcoholic drinks from 6PM. Outside sitting permitted only until midnight.  edit
  • Konrad Tönz , Falkenstein Strasse. Retro 70s with live DJs playing old vinyl records. Most comfortable chairs imaginable and the barman, Jens, is a local legend for his friendliness and charm. Open Tuesday-Sunday 20.00 - whenever (usually around 3-5AM).
  • Zyankali Bar, Großbeerenstraße 64, [30]. The most adventurous bar in Berlin. You'll be surprised what kind of drinks they have on their beverage list. They say some people entered the Zyankali and never came out again.
  • Die Legende von Paula und Ben, Gneisenaustrasse 58, (U7 Südstern), [31]. Small and cosy bar with a large choice of cocktails, spirits and wine. For those who are hungry this place serves tapas and for those who want to smoke some cigars.
  • Wild at Heart, Wiener Strasse 20, [32]. Punkrock Club with live music, great deco.
  • Ebe Ano, Pohl Straße 52, [33]. 03047384590 An ethical cafe/restaurant with international flair.
  • Wiener Blut, Wiener Straße 14.
  • Wuergeengel, Dresdener Straße 122. Great bar for cocktails.
  • Bierhimmel, Oranienstraße 181. Cafe during the day, bar in the evenings.
  • Luzia, Oranienstraße 34. Hot brand-new bar.
  • Wirtschaftswunder, Yorkstraße 81. Is synonymous with the expression "economic miracle". The prices are very low and it has a good local Kreuzberg atmosphere.
  • Bar 11, Wiener Str. 21. (U-Görlitzer Bahnhof), [34]. Every day from 6PM till 7AM. Bar in the heart of Kreuzberg, DJs on the weekend (rock, pop, funk, soul, disco), entrance is free and international audience. Mondays all cocktails half price.
  • Orient Lounge, Oranienstraße 13, tel. 030 - 69 56 67 62. Relaxing lounge with good drinks.
  • Freischwimmer, Schlesischen Tor 2, tel 030-61 07 43 09. Bar directly located at the river on a ponton with good food and drinks, good for chilling.
  • Hops and Barley Hausbrauerei, Wühlischstrasse 22/23 (East of Simon Dach str.), 03029367534 (), [35]. Microbrewery in former butcher shop. They have a good selections on tap, all own production and from other microbreweries  edit

Clubs[edit]

  • SO36, Oranienstrasse 190, [36]. Legendary club whose roots are punk, nowadays plays different alternative and mainstream concerts. Don't miss the GAYHANE, the Turkish "homoriental" gay party.
  • Club der Visionäre, Am Flutgraben 1, [37]. Minimal techno, house and techno-house at this atmospheric venue by the water.
  • Geburtstagsklub, Am Friedrichshain 33. Best reggae party in town on Mondays, other days vary.
  • Insel Berlin, Alt-Treptow 6, [38]. Three floors, music varies from reggae to techno to indie to gothic.
  • Berghain/Panorama Bar, Am Wriezener Bahnhof, [39]. The world-famous techno, house and hardcore club. It is situated in an old power generation plant near the Ostbahnhof, sports a huge dancefloor and has room for more than 1500 people. Panorama Bar upstairs is open late until Sunday afternoon. Known as one of Europe's (and the world's) best clubs. Gay friendly, with hidden darkrooms and leatherboys. Be prepared for tough door policy on popular nights.
  • Watergate, Falckensteinstrasse 49, [40]. Big club right on the Spree specializing in house, break-beats and DnB. Split-level layout and fantastic night views of the river. The main room is famous for its LED lighting.
  • Kater Holzig http://www.katerholzig.de/ Michaelkirchstr. 23, 10179 Berlin, Germany +49 30/51052134 (walk down the long entrance road) a great converted factory club spread across many rooms and outside areas. music policy mostly tech house and techno. the door policy here is more relaxed than Berghain, but they will turn away anyone they think is either too young (under 25ish) or too foreign, so try not to mouth off in the line. if you want a good berlin clubbing experience with a less touristic feel this usually delivers. Not that many big name Djs, but good local promoters with local Dj's. cover depends on the night but usually around 10 euro.

Friedrichshain[edit]

Bars[edit]

  • Terra Music Bar, Jungstrasse 29, 10247 Berlin. [41]. Soul, Jazz, Blues.month. Piano, guitar and microphones are provided but you're more than welcome to bring your own instrument or device.
  • Habermayer, Gärtnerstraße 6, tel. 030-29 77 18 87, [42]. Nice relaxing bar in Friedrichshain with laid back people.
  • Cafe Moskau, Karl-Marx-Allee 34.
  • Hops and Barley Hausbrauerei, Wühlischstrasse 22/23 (East of Simon Dach str.), 03029367534 (), [43]. Microbrewery in former butcher shop. They have a good selections on tap, all own production and from other microbreweries  edit

Clubs[edit]

  • Rosi's, Revalerstraße 29, [44]. Rosi's features grungy underground - the best club in town if you are into that. Nice grill outside with lots of chairs for the warm days, has one chill out floor and one main stage almost in front of a very nice bar. 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month: drum'n'bass, 2nd and 4th Saturday: house electro and on other days concerts and rock parties.
  • Geburtstagsklub, Am Friedrichshain 33. Best reggae party in town on Mondays, other days vary.
  • K17 [45]. 4 floors of goth, industrial, synthpop, post-punk, wave, metal, hardcore and punk, located in a backstreet of Friedrichshain. Impressive exterior and outdoor bar. Less snobby than some goth clubs, but the unofficial dress code is all black.
  • Berghain/Panorama Bar, Am Wriezener Bahnhof, [46]. The world-famous techno, house and hardcore club. It is situated in an old power generation plant near the Ostbahnhof, sports a huge dancefloor and has room for more than 1500 people. Panorama Bar upstairs is open late until Sunday afternoon. Known as one of Europe's (and the world's) best clubs. Gay friendly, with hidden darkrooms and leatherboys. Be prepared for tough door policy on popular nights.
  • Cassiopeia Revaler Straße 99 10245 Berlin, P - 030 47385949 (walk off the street, round the back of a bunch of old factories, next to to the techno club) http://www.cassiopeia-berlin.de/ eclectic mix of shows on, most nights of the week. good hip hop shows across 3 rooms and a terrace in an old factory. 5 - 10 euro entry. opens about 10 but typically quiet until 12 - 1 AM. good strip of small vegetarian cafes in the same alley if you need to kill some time. beers 2.50 euro.

Prenzlauer Berg[edit]

Bars and Cafes[edit]

  • Morgenrot, Kastanienallee, [47]. Alternative cafe serving vegetarian and vegan food, quite a recommended place for people interested in squats and related issues.
  • 103 Bar [48], 49 Kastanienallee, tel. 03048492651 - Nice place to have a drink, don't miss the White Russian.
  • Schwarz-Sauer, Kastanienallee. Very popular bar with a local and international student crowd. Open until 6AM.
  • Wohnzimmer, Lettestrasse (corner of Schliemannstrasse), [49]. The first 'trendy' bar in this part of Prenzlberg and still very popular. Serves breakfasts and is open late.
  • Intersoup, Schliemannstrasse 31. Small bar that fills quickly; serving spicy Indonesian-inspired soups. Often has live DJs.
  • Luxus bar, Prenzlauer Allee 197. Great small bar, nice with bricks and an aquarium, looks like an old meat store, can be crowded, excellent music.
  • Café & Restaurant Berlin, Gleimstrasse 24, [50]. Daily fresh & delicious breakfast buffet for 4,50€.
  • Café Hilde[51], Metzer Strasse 22, large bright corner cafe and bar. Direct fair trade coffee, organic teas & ice cream, home-made cakes. Evenings there is bistro style food including pastas and salads.
  • Zu Mir Oder Zu Dir, Lychener Str. 15, [52]. Everyday from 7PM till late. Very relaxed atmosphere, genuine 70s interior and excellent drinks, the prices are fair and the bartenders are nice. Music changes from soul to electro.
  • Kulturbrauerei, [53]. Close to U-Station Eberswalder Strasse in a former brewery are located several bars. Most famous is the Soda Club with an excellent bar.
  • Al Hamra, Raumer Strasse 16, [54], relaxed Mediterranean/Arabic style bar cafe serving good food, with occasional music and movies, has a separate smoking section.
  • Kakao, Dunckerstrasse 10, [55], popular cafe and bar specializing in chocolate, ran by the chocolate shop next door. Has a great view of Helmholtzplatz and good hot chocolate.
  • No Fire No Glory, Rykestr. 45, [56], third wave coffee place with a beautiful terrace and homemade sweets & savory food. Currently available espresso blends are 'the coffee collective' Copenhagen and 'bonanza coffee heroes' Berlin. Pour over coffee with single origins for a real caffeine high are obtained too.

Clubs[edit]

  • NBI, Schönhauser Allee 36, [57]. Nice, small club, not really for dancing, with friendly people and live sets. Usually electro or minimal music, as well as indie pop/rock nights.
  • frannz, Schönhauser Allee 36, [58]. A relaxed pop/rock club in Kulturbrauerei, also with live music.
  • Dunckerclub, Dunckerstr. 64. Alternative, hard rock, indie.
  • Magnet, Greifswalder Str. 212/213, [59]. Alternative. Some indie concerts and club nights. Take care, there is also a FC Magnet Bar in Veteranenstrasse, which is a cool place, too.
  • Dr Pong, Eberswalder Strasse 21. A typically Berlin style club where you can play table tennis and drink cheap beer, very friendly place.
  • Bastard, Kastanienallee, next to Prater Garten. Mostly punk, ska and alternative music.
  • Knaack, Greifswalder Straße 224, [60]. Former communist youth center. Three floors with different music and hosts live concerts.
  • White Trash, Schönhauser Allee 6-7, [61]. A nightclub, restaurant and bar in one, upstairs is the restaurant/bar area where you can eat, drink, watch Burlesque dancers next to your table and see live music. Downstairs is the night club where you are allowed to smoke in doors.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Budget[edit]

  • Baxpax Kreuzberg Hostel Berlin [62], Skalitzer Straße 104, tel. +49 30 6951 8322, email: reception@baxpax-kreuzberg.de. Kreuzberg's first hostel (est. 2000), centrally located just off the main drag. Facilities are well maintained with very clean bathrooms/showers. Young (twenties) and mixed crowd. Beer for sale at all hours!
  • BackpackerBerlin (Hostel, Friedrichshain, Kreuzberg), Knorrpromenade 10 (S-Train Station Ostkreuz , walk along Sonntagstraße), 0049(0)3029369164, [63]. checkin: 13.00; checkout: 11.30. Cosy hostel providing room types such as dorms and private accommodations. Bathrooms and rooms are very clean and you´ll be equipped with wifi , internet, free coffee/tea, washing machine, computers, common kitchen. from 9,90€ on. (52.50843,13.462318) edit
  • Grand Hostel Berlin (Hostel in Kreuzberg), Tempelhofer Ufer 14 (3 minute walk from subway station Möckernbrücke), +49 (30) 200 95 45-0, [64]. Located within one of Kreuzberg's "Kiez" and a 15min walk away from checkpoint Charlie. It's a recently renovated 19th century building and all the interior is new. The service at the reception is also very nice and helpful. Rooms start at 17€ (mixed 4-bed room) and go up to 40€ for a private one-bed room..  edit
  • Comebackpackers[65](Kreuzberg), Adalbertstrase 97, 10999 Berlin (U-Bahn: Kottbusser Tor), tel. +49 30 600 57 52 7 (email: info@comebackpackers.com). They have a big common room, a full equipped kitchen and free Internet. Dorms for 14 € inkl. linen.
  • Pegasus Hostel Berlín [66], Straße der Pariser Kommune 35 (U-Bahn: Weberwiese), tel. 2977 360 (fax: 2977 3610, email: hostel@pegasushostel.de), [67]. 2-bed rooms start at €19 per person, sleeping hall starts at €10. One of this independent hostel's main attractions is its large, green courtyard which hosts a beer garden, BBQ, table tennis and comfortable seating areas. They have free internet access, laundry service and multilingual staff. They offer accommodations from single rooms with showers and WC, to beds in dormitory rooms.
  • Raise a Smile Hostel Berlín [68], Weidenweg 51 (U-Bahn: Frankfurter Tor Tram:M10), (email: hostel@raise-a-smile.org), [69]. Double rooms start at €17.90 per person, sleeping hall starts at €8.90. Small & homely independent hostel opened in December 2009. The hostel is decorated in an African style with each room having a different animal theme. 100% of the profit from the hostel is used to support the charity "Raise a Smile" which helps children in Zambia, Africa.
  • A&O, Boxhagener Str. 73 (S-Bahn: Ostkreuz), tel. 297 7810 (fax: 2900 7366, email: hostel@web.de), [70]. Double rooms start at €24 per person, sleeping hall starts at €10.
  • Die Fabrik, Schlesische Str. 18 (U-Bahn: Schlesisches Tor), tel. 611 7116 (fax: 618 2974, email: info@diefabrik.com), [71]. An old factory building turned into a hostel. 2-Bed rooms start at €49/room, sleeping hall starts at €18.
  • Odyssee Hostel, Grünberger Str. 23 (U-Bahn: Frankfurter Tor), tel. 2900 0081 (fax: 2900 3311, email: odyssee@globetrotterhostel.de), [72]. 2-Bed rooms start at €45/room, dorms from €10/person. The Odyssee is independently run by a young crew - a real rock 'n 'roll place with a nice bar.
  • Riverside Lodge [73], Hobrechtstr. 43 (U- 8 : Schönleinstraße), tel. +49-30-69 515 510 (email: welcome@riverside-lodge.de). Little hostel in the neighborhood of Kreuzberg.
  • Sunflower Hostel, Helsingforser Str. 17 (S-Bahn: Warschauer Strasse), tel. 440 44 250, (fax: 577 96 550, email: hostel@sunflower-hostel.de), [74]. dorms from €10/person, they also have doubles and apartments. The sunny side of Berlin, nicely decorated rooms.
  • U Inn Berlin Hostel, Finowstraße 36 (U-Bahn: Samariterstraße and near S-Bahn/U-Bahn: Frankfurter Allee), e-mail: info@uinnberlinhostel.com,[75]; another cosy backpacker hostel that offers singles, doubles and dorms.
  • Red Rooster Bar and Hostel Odyssee, Grünberger Straße 23 (corner of Warschauer St), (+49) - (0)30 - 29 0000 81 (, fax: (+49) - (0)30 - 29 0033 11), [76]. This is a simple hostel which provides internet access, bicycle rental, and a bar (open until dawn). Prices range from €10-54 per night.  edit

Bed and Breakfast[edit]

  • Bed and Breakfast Ring, +49-30-48496468 (), [77]. Staff speaks English. Prices range from €22-80 per night.  edit
  • City-Hotel Gotland, Urbanstrasse 171, +49-30-69536450, [78]. checkin: 13:00; checkout: 11:30. Staff speaks English. Prices range from €49 per night.  edit
  • Frauenzimmer, [79]. Private accommodation for women, from women. Guestrooms and apartments. From €25 per night.  edit

Midrange[edit]

  • Berlin Artist Apartment, Simon Dach Strasse, Berlin 10245 (Simon Dach Strasse), [80]. checkin: 2:00; checkout: 11:00. An art filled and eclectic two bedroom apartment (sleeps 4) featured in design magazines world wide. . Prices range from €89-110 per night depending on season and people.  edit
  • Apartments Am Boxi, Gärtnerstrasse 15, +49 176 64351220, [81]. checkin: 14:00; checkout: 10:00. Private apartments without hidden agency costs in the centre, overlooking the Boxhagener Square. Apartments from 60€/night plus 35€ cleaning fee, 100 sqm apartment from 69€/night plus 35€ cleaning fee.  edit

Prenzlauer Berg[edit]

Budget[edit]

  • Alcatraz Backpacker Hostel, Schönhauser Allee 133a (U-Bahn: Eberswalder Str.), tel. +49 30 4849 6815 (fax: +49 30 4849 68 17), [82]. Double rooms start at €22 per person, dormitory starts at €13.
  • Corner, Driesener Str. 17 (U-/S-Bahn: Schönhauser Allee), tel. +49 30 4373 4353 (fax: +49 30 4373 4206, email: corner-hostel@t-online.de), [83]. 2-bed rooms start at €20 per person, sleeping hall starts at €14.
  • EastSeven Berlin Hostel, Schwedter Str. 7 (U-Bahn: Senefelderplatz), tel. +49 30 936 222 40, (fax: +49 30 936 222 39, email: info@EastSeven.de), [84] Dorm rooms starting at €13 in low season, €17 in high season. Private rooms also available.
  • Pension Absolut Berlin, Erich-Weinert-Str. 26, (U-/S-Bahn: Schönhauser Allee), tel. +49 30 690 650 20 (email: info@pension-absolutberlin.de), [85]. Quiet location near the center of Prenzlauer Berg. The guesthouse offers single, double, triple and fully served apartments. Prices start from €23 per person.
  • Generator Hostel Berlin, Storkower Str. 160 (S-Bahn: Landsberger Allee), tel. +49 30 417 240 0 (fax: +49 30 417 240 80, berlin@generatorhotels.com), [86]. 2-Bed rooms start at €20 per person, sleeping hall starts at €10.
  • Lette'm Sleep, Lettestr. 7, tel. +49 30 4473 3623 (fax: +49 30 4473 3625, email: info@backpackers.de), [87]. 2-bed rooms start at €24 per person, sleeping hall starts at €15, U-Bahn Eberswalder Straße
  • Meininger Hotel Berlin Prenzlauer Berg, Schönhauser Allee 19 (U-Bahn: Senefelderplatz), tel. +49 30 666 36 100 (fax: +49 30 666 36 222), [88]. Double rooms start at €35 per person, dormitory starts at €19.
  • Pfefferbett, Christinenstraße 18-19 (access also from Schönhauser Allee 176) (U-Bahn: Senefelderplatz), tel. +49 30 939 35 858 (fax +49 30 939 35 859), [89]. Central location, walking distance to Alexanderplatz and yet in an another world. Located within an old brewery complex, now converted into a cultural center. Dorms, private rooms. Dorms start at 9 €.
  • Transit Loft, Immanuelkirchstr. 14 (U-Bahn: Senefelderplatz), tel. +49 30 4849 3773 (fax: +49 30 4405 1074, email: loft@hotel-transit.de), [90]. 2-Bed Rooms start at €71.50/room, Sleeping hall starts at €15 per person. Transit, Hagelberger Str. 53-54 (Kreuzberg) is also part of this hostel chain.
  • Unterkunft in Berlin, Immanuelkirchstr. 34 (Tram M2: to Knaackstr from Alexanderplatz), tel. +49 30 4849 6466 (email: info@unterkunft-in-berlin.de), [91]. Inexpensive, central and quiet situated room. Single €35, double €44/room, triple €51/room, pre-arrangement is necessary.

Midrange[edit]

  • Moevenpick hotel berlin, Schöneberger Strasse 3, +49 30 2300 60 (), [92]. The surprisingly different Mövenpick Hotel Berlin is located in the city centre at Potsdamer Platz. The hotel has 243 hotel rooms, 12 event and meeting rooms, gym, sauna as well as restaurant and bar. The hotel has great transport links close by, making it easy to find your way around Berlin. Recently refurbished, the hotel has a well-known restaurant with a glass roof and most bedrooms face a quiet courtyard.  edit
  • ackselhaus & blue home, Belforter Straße 21, +49 (0)30 44 33 76 33 (), [93]. checkin: 2 p.m.; checkout: 11 a.m. The charming hotel right in the city centre is not only an insider anymore. Only 700 m away from the TV Tower, Alexanderplatz.  edit
  • Berlin Apartment, Belforter Str. 20 (tram M2 from Alexanderplatz until Metzer Str.), +49-30-484 964 69, [94]. between Alexanderplatz and Kollwitzplatz, vacation apartments (1-4 guests) 50-105€.  edit
  • City Holiday Apartments Berlin, Selma-Lagerlof-Strasse 11 (tram M2 from Alexanderplatz until Station Prenzlauer Promenade/Am Steinberg.), +49-30-4400 9454, [95]. ==Contact==
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