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Berlin - Around Town : Kreuzberg & Schöneberg (part 2) - Best of the Rest, Shops & Markets

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A Day in Kreuzberg

Morning

Start from the famous ruins of Anhalter Bahnhof, which you can reach by S-Bahn. From here continue along Stresemannstraße in a northwesterly direction to the Martin-Gropius-Bau. It is easy to while away a few hours in this impressive building if there is a special exhibition. You could take a break for refreshments in the museum café. A visit to the neighbouring exhibition, the Topographie des Terrors afterwards will bring you face to face with the dark Nazi past of this area. Continue along Niederkirchnerstraße, past an original section of the Berlin Wall, to Wilhelmstraße. Then turn into Kochstraße to visit Checkpoint Charlie and the Wall Museum at the former border.

Afternoon

You can buy a tasty lunch at Sale e Tabacchi in Kochstraße. Continue along Kochstraße in an easterly direction and you will get to the heart of Kreuzberg. Make a detour south on Lindenstraße to the Jüdisches Museum or carry on into Oranienstraße. Take the U-Bahn U6 from U-Bahn station Hallesches Tor to Platz der Luftbrücke. The Viktoriapark nearby is a good place for a rest, while shopaholics prefer a stroll up and down Bergmannstraße. At the end, turn north into Baerwaldstraße and continue to Carl-Herz-Ufer, where you will be able to round off the day with a delicious evening meal at the Altes Zollhaus .

Best of the Rest

  1. Rathaus Schöneberg

    It was from this Town Hall, on 26 June 1963, that the US President John F Kennedy made his famous speech, declaring “I am a Berliner” and expressing his commitment to the freedom of West Berlin.

    • John-F-Kennedy-Platz

    Rathaus Schöneberg
  2. Mehringplatz

    Once Kreuzberg’s prettiest square, Mehringplatz was destroyed in World War II and is today surrounded by modern residential buildings.

  3. Flughafen Tempelhof

    Tempelhof, built in 1939 by Ernst Sagebiel and then Germany’s biggest airport, survives as the largest Fascist structure in Europe. After years of debate the airport closed in 2008. Future uses for it include a convention centre and a venue for fashion shows and trade fairs.

    • Platz der Luftbrücke

  4. Mariannenplatz

    This square is dominated by the Gothic-style artists’ house Bethanien. A former hospital, it is today used as studio space by experimental artists.

  5. Oberbaumbrücke

    Pedestrians and cyclists can cross to the other side of the Spree River from Kreuzberg to Friedrichshain on this red-brick bridge, one of Berlin’s loveliest, which was erected in 1894–6.

    • Warschauer/Skalitzer Str

    Oberbaumbrücke
  6. Altes Mosse-Palais

    One of Berlin’s most important publishing houses was based in this Art Nouveau corner house in the former newspaper district.

    • Kochstr

  7. Friedhöfe Hallesches Tor

    Numerous celebrities lie buried in the four cemeteries, including the composer Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy. Also the writer E T A Hoffmann, whose work inspired Offenbach to write The Tales of Hoffmann.

    • Mehringdamm

  8. Lapidarium

    The former pumping station is open for visits; the sculptures in the garden once decorated the Siegesallee (alley of triumph).

    • Hallesches Ufer 78

  9. Kottbusser Tor

    Kreuzberg in the raw: social misery tucked away in between new buildings in the Turkish heart of the district.

  10. Kammergericht

    In 1947–90, the magnificent supreme court, built in 1909–13, was used as Allied Control Council.

    • Potsdamer Str. 186

Shops & Markets

  1. Winterfeldtmarkt

    At Berlin’s largest and most wonderful market you can buy fresh fruit and vegetables as well as other goods from around the world, such as clothes and New-Age items.

    • Winterfeldtplatz

    • 8am–4pm Sat, 8am–1pm Wed

  2. Türkenmarkt Maybachufer

    No other market in Berlin is quite as exotic. This is where Berliners and Turks alike buy their unleavened bread and fresh goat’s cheese.

    • Maybachufer

    • noon–6:30pm Tue, Fri

  3. Molotow

    Funky and trendy fashion from Berlin designers – perhaps not to everyone’s taste, but guaranteed to cause a stir.

    • Gneisenaustr. 112

    • 030 693 08 18

  4. Oranienplatz and Oranienstraße

    Kreuzberg’s main square and unofficial high street specialize in all things alternative.

    • Oranienstr./ corner Oranienplatz

  5. MaaßenZehn

    Designer jeans or trendy belts – all with minor faults – at heavily reduced prices.

    • Maaßenstr. 10

    • 030 215 54 56

  6. Depot 2

    This small boutique sells the latest streetwear and hip hop fashion of a local label.

    • Oranienstr. 9

    • 030 611 46 55

  7. High-Lite

    If you’re worried about standing out in the alternative crowd in Kreuzberg, this is the place to get your shades, body piercings and other essentials.

    • Bergmannstr. 99

    • 030 691 27 44

  8. Ararat

    One of the best-stocked and trendiest stationery shops in Berlin, Ararat has many designer items for sale.

    • Bergmannstr. 99a

    • 030 693 50 80

  9. Marheineke-Markthalle

    This is one of the last remaining market-halls in Berlin. Modernised in 2007, it boasts colourful fruit and vegetable stores and a wide range of organic produce.

    • Marheinekeplatz

    • 8am–8pm Mon–Fri

  10. Grober Unfug Comics

    This store sells comic books of all periods and in various languages – its name means “complete rubbish”.

    • Zossener Str. 33

    • 030 69 40 14 90

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