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Kreuzberg - Where to Stay in Berlin
As well as being home to notable landmarks such as Checkpoint Charlie & the Jewish Museum, Kreuzberg & Kreuzkoelln are one of the main hubs for Berlin's creative scene. With its cross section of different types of people combined with cheap places to eat, Kreuzberg is one of our favourite districts. It's split into two distinct areas, based on the old post code system. Kreuzberg 61, or West Kreuzberg, is a somewhat affluent but still unpretentious neighbourhood great for families and all. Then there's Kreuzberg 36 and 'Kreuzkölln', less affluent, but now an up-and-coming trendy hipster haunt and hot spot for artists.
The area takes it's name from the hill (berg) in Victoria Park in the west of the area, and the cross (Kreuz) which forms part of the Prussian National Monument for the Liberation Wars dedicated in 1821, which stands on the hill. It's worth a visit as it stands an impressive 66 m (217 ft) above sea level and provides some fantastic views across the city.
Bergmannkiez is like the high street of "Kreuzberg 61" and has a laid back, bohemian flair. It's also easy to reach Schoenefeld airport; soon to be re-opended as 'Brandenburg', after the state in which it lays. Bergmannstrasse boasts many restaurants, cafes and little boutique clothes shops and antique stalls, as well as a couple of playgrounds and a big indoor market and smart square, attracting lots of families.
There is something for everyone in West Kreuzberg, from our old favourite rock 'n' roll hang out, Pörx pub on Fürbringerstrasse to beautifully restored, breathtaking apartment buildings and fabulous eateries on Chamissoplatz. But what makes the area really special is Victoria Park and the glorious view of Berlin from there. If you like Jazz & Blues, then you can do no better than an evening jaunt to the Yorkschloesschen on Yorkstrasse, and return to one of the apartments we offer around this area.
The other side of Kreuzberg is called "Kreuzberg 36", or East Kreuzberg and is a great place to stay as it's only a few underground stops to Mitte and Alexanderplatz (centre of the former east). Not to be missed is a trip down Oranienstrasse, a street packed full of bars with great German restaurants and cool shops. Schlesischestrasse has a similar vibe, and is home to the Badeschiff, a sunken swimming pool on the river.
Another special place is the banks of the Landwehr Canal. Along Paul-Linkce-Ufer on the north side, you’ll stumble upon the Umspannwerk, a converted warehouse now home to swanky bars, restaurants and studios. Hartz Lounge and Volz restaurant are upmarket signs of things to come in this desirable area. Further still is a popular boules pitch where competitive locals play late into the summer nights, often with the help of a mobile floodlight and the obligatory barbecue.
Maybachufer is the start of Kreuzkoelln and begins at popular Ankerklause, with its kitsch nautical theme and timber terrace overhanging the water. On Tuesdays and Fridays, residents come from far and wide to browse cheap, fresh fruit, veg, fabric and other oriental specialities from the famous Turkish Market. If the weather is anything near bearable, there’ll be a band or musician attracting a crowd on the wooden platform at the end furthest from Kotti. Each Saturday, there’s a quaint crafts market, and one Sunday a month sees the new Nowkoelln flea market pop up to turn a roaring trade.
Nearby Graefekiez (Graefe neighbourhood) is beautiful. A few streets (Dieffenbachstrasse, Gräfestrasse, Kortestrasse) are packed with great little restaurants, cafes and quirky little shops, well worth a visit for a daytime coffee or evening drink.