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Berlin, Kreuzberg east and west

Berlin, Kreuzberg east and west

Pedestrian, Other, 15 km, 2 days

Kreuzberg isn’t just defined by its alternative district, the famous SO36, or by Oranienstraβe. This popular old upper-class suburb offers some wonderful green areas that are ideal for a stroll.

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Oranienstraße   Worth a detour Worth a detour

Oranienburgerstraße 10117 Berlin
Architecture, castles and historic districts

This fashionable street in the alternative Kreuzberg district in the heart of old Berlin is dotted with cafés, clothes' shops, second-hand goods' stores and Turkish bazaars. Note the two beautiful inner courtyards and their façades at n°s 25 and 183.

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East Kreuzberg   Worth a detour Worth a detour

Gitschiner Str. 10969 Berlin
Architecture, castles and historic districts

The Kreuzberg district was the centre of West Berlin's counter-culture in the 1980s. Alternative cultural centres now rub shoulders with the Turkish community of "Little Istanbul" in the eastern section, the famous "SO36" (a reference to "Südost 36", the district's old post code), which was once surrounded on three sides by the Berlin Wall.

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Kreuzberg   Worth a detour Worth a detour

Mariannenplatz 10997 Berlin
Architecture, castles and historic districts

In marked contrast to the heterogeneous, working-class eastern district, western Kreuzberg has an almost bourgeois feel with its magnificent restored buildings, making it perfect for a relaxing stroll. To the north lies what was the government and media district before construction of the Wall and one of its most famous crossing points: Checkpoint Charlie.

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Former «Luisenstadt» district

Oranienplatz 10999 Berlin
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Kottbusser Tor (Kreuzberg)

Kottbusserstraße 10999 Berlin
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Görlitzer Park (Kreuzberg)

Görlitzerstraße 10997 Berlin
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Oberbaum Bridge  

Oberbaumstraße/Warschauerstraße 10997 Berlin
Architecture, castles and historic districts

The Oberbaumbrücke, which links Kreuzberg to Friedrichshain, once marked the border between the East and West. Restored in the 1990s, its turrets, gables and crenellated arcades are typical of the Middle Ages and its neo-Gothic style (1896) is reminiscent of Tower Bridge in London. The bridge takes its name from the toll dyke made from tree trunks (Baum) which stood on this spot in the 18C.

Having surveyed the Oberbaum bridge take the underground to explore middle-class Kreuzberg and its inviting streets, ideal for a stroll, with beautiful buildings and café terraces....
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Mehringdamm (Kreuzberg)

Mehringdamm 10961 Berlin
After visiting Chamissoplatz, go for a glass on Bergmannstraβe, a lively street with numerous cafes, restaurants and shops.

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