With chic Prenzlauer Berg to the north and alternative Kreuzberg to the south, the former working-class neighborhood of Friedrichshain combines a bit of both.
With two-thirds of it destroyed during the war, the architecture consists of mainly GDR-era (German Democratic Republic) wedding-cake-style relics along busy Karl-Marx-Allee and buildings including the Stasi headquarters. Don’t miss the ornate, neo-Gothic double-decker Oberbaumbrücke Bridge which connects the area to Kreuzberg and, of course, the outstanding East Side Gallery along the River Spree. Billed as a symbol of hope, friendship, and freedom, its satirical murals are creative, colorful and often cutting.
Take your time walking along the 1.3km-stretch, and then experience Friedrichshain as it comes alive at night. Revaler Strasse or Simon-Dach-Strasse transform from tree-lined calm to street-party cool, thanks to the sheer number of cafes, restaurants, and bars. For clubbers, that sought-after ticket to Berghain nightclub in a former power plant should seal the deal.
Best places to stay
From the homey feel of Hotel The Dude to the imaginatively designed Ackselhaus Blue Home, Friedrichshain is stacked with hotels reflecting the neighborhood’s unique vibe. Hotel Indigo Berlin is a trendy colossus right on central Alexanderplatz, while monbijou Hotel sets the city’s spa standard.
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