A Day in Kreuzberg
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
and the Wall Museum at the former border.
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
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
Best of the Rest
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.
Kreuzberg’s prettiest square, Mehringplatz was destroyed in World War
II and is today surrounded by modern residential buildings.
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.
square is dominated by the Gothic-style artists’ house Bethanien. A
former hospital, it is today used as studio space by experimental
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.
One of Berlin’s most important publishing houses was based in this Art Nouveau corner house in the former newspaper district.
Friedhöfe Hallesches Tor
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.
The former pumping station is open for visits; the sculptures in the garden once decorated the Siegesallee (alley of triumph).
Kreuzberg in the raw: social misery tucked away in between new buildings in the Turkish heart of the district.
In 1947–90, the magnificent supreme court, built in 1909–13, was used as Allied Control Council.
Shops & Markets
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.
8am–4pm Sat, 8am–1pm Wed
other market in Berlin is quite as exotic. This is where Berliners and
Turks alike buy their unleavened bread and fresh goat’s cheese.
noon–6:30pm Tue, Fri
Funky and trendy fashion from Berlin designers – perhaps not to everyone’s taste, but guaranteed to cause a stir.
030 693 08 18
Oranienplatz and Oranienstraße
Kreuzberg’s main square and unofficial high street specialize in all things alternative.
Designer jeans or trendy belts – all with minor faults – at heavily reduced prices.
030 215 54 56
This small boutique sells the latest streetwear and hip hop fashion of a local label.
030 611 46 55
you’re worried about standing out in the alternative crowd in
Kreuzberg, this is the place to get your shades, body piercings and
030 691 27 44
One of the best-stocked and trendiest stationery shops in Berlin, Ararat has many designer items for sale.
030 693 50 80
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
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