Guide to Berlin’s Kreuzberg district

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Want to visit the heart of Germany’s capital? Find out all there is to know about Berlin’s fantastic Kreuzberg district!

Kreuzberg is a huge area of Berlin. It’s home to students, artists and people from all over the world. At times cosmopolitan, ecologist, anarchist or bobo, Kreuzberg is an explosive mix that leaves no one indifferent. Popular before the country’s reunification, it is gradually becoming gentrified, but continues to charm travelers and the curious alike. You can take advantage of its many restaurants, do your shopping or enjoy a relaxed creative workshop. You can also lounge on the lawns of Görlitz Park in summer, before going clubbing!

A visit to Berlin’s Kreuzberg district means enjoying an ethnic, cultural and social mix that is uncommon in Europe. This complex social fabric is ideal for enriching your stay and immersing yourself in 21st-century Germany. Whether you’re coming with family or friends, Generation Voyage would like to introduce you to an urban area like no other. Welcome to Kreuzberg!

The Kreuzberg district in a nutshell

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The district owes its name to the Kreuzberg hill. The hill offers a splendid panorama of the entire city. Almost destroyed by Allied bombing during the Second World War, Kreuzberg was gradually rebuilt before being cut in two by the Berlin Wall. Checkpoint Charlie, the famous checkpoint, was located to the north of the district on Friedrichstrasse.

Before German reunification, Kreuzberg was a working-class suburb. The area was soon taken over by radical far-left movements. You could, for example, stroll down the street and observe squatters, poster-posters and graffiti artists after dark.

In the 1970s, the Turkish community moved into the neighborhood en masse. As in France, the high concentration of immigrants generated tensions with the police. Today, the area is reinventing itself and attracting ever more fascinated visitors!

What to see and do in Kreuzberg?

The historic center

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To visit the Kreuzberg district is to become part of an authentic cultural mosaic and discover an exemplary social melting pot.

  • The historic center is packed with old buildings, such as the Wilhelminian buildings surrounding Victoria Park. For example, the Riehmers Hofgarten, a neo-baroque and neo-classical historic monument turned hotel.
  • To the southwest of the historic center, the bobo/bio part of the neighborhood. Come and shop, enjoy a refreshing smoothie or take part in an open-air yoga class.
  • Let’s take a stroll around the Kottbusser Tor subway station: this is where « SO 36 » begins. Südost 36 is a place apart, almost a city within a city, the HQ of left-wing activists. Graffiti, kebabs, art galleries and socially committed bars all come together in a relaxed, good-natured atmosphere. We warned you: this district is a mishmash of the world’s energies!
  • Let’s continue our tour of the district to Adalbertstraße, a must-see street. It is spanned by the Neu Kreuzberger Zentrum, an aerial gallery. Here you’ll find an impressive number of counter-culture workshops. Street artists, curry sausage stalls, beggars and young fashionistas continually cross paths in this picturesque hubbub.
  • We then stroll along the large concrete esplanades, typical of Berlin’s architectural gigantism, to Oranienstraße. Nicknamed the « Little Istanbul  » due to the presence of Turkish immigrants, it’s still a popular spot for trendy Berliners. They come here to eat well and cheaply, and rightly so! The kebabs here are the most original and tasty in Europe, that’s for sure. A leisurely stroll will take you to Görlitzer Park: it runs along the nearby Wiener Straße.

You’d never have thought that visiting Berlin’s Kreuzberg district would be so interesting, would you?

The remains of the Berlin Wall

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Stroll along the famous Friedrichstrasse, now a major avenue. Oriented towards commerce and culture, this great street was once cut in two by the Wall. The Wall, erected in just one night, divided Berlin and created the Iron Curtain.

Entire sections have been preserved for historical and memorial purposes. Keep moving: at the bottom of the street, you’ll see the astonishing Checkpoint Charlie. This border checkpoint was designed to filter trade between East and West before reunification. Now converted into a museum, Checkpoint Charlie is a must-see when visiting the Kreuzberg district. Photographs, eyewitness accounts and many fascinating objects are on display. The Berlin Wall Museum, just a stone’s throw away, is a must: it gives an insight into the daily lives of Berliners during this dark period.

Jewish Museum Berlin

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The Jewish Museum Berlin is one of Europe’s largest cultural spaces. It was designed by American architect Daniel Libeskind and inaugurated in 2001. When visiting Berlin’s Kreuzberg district, it would be a shame not to go here. Over an area of almost 3,000 m², it presents the history of German Jewry through the centuries. Permanent and temporary exhibits show the daily lives of these rather unusual citizens. From their arrival to the massacre organized by the Nazis during the Second World War.

Berlin’s Jewish Museum is a major institution in the neighborhood. Bring the whole family or just a few friends along for the ride! The little extra? The guided tours, always fascinating, will thrill young and old alike.

Guided tours of the Kreuzberg district

Guided walking tour of the Kreuzberg district

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Price of guided tour : from €16.50 per person

Length of guided tour: 2h30

Visiting Berlin’s Kreuzberg district is no easy task. In fact, some locals who are passionate about the rich history of this unique area have understood this. Some have made it their mission to offer guided tours of Kreuzberg. For us, there’s no doubt: it’s an excellent idea to call on them!

Kreuzberg is a huge district and can be difficult to get around. Your guide will skilfully avoid the most touristy spots to offer you an authentic Kreuzberg.

  • Take a stroll around the Saturday flea market at Marheinkeplatz.
  • Your guide will undoubtedly take you to explore Bergmannstraße and its picturesque cafés, where you can enjoy a refreshing drink.
  • Normally, Bermannkiez, a stone’s throw away, is a must, with its underground stores and dandy vibe!
  • Finally, the historic buildings surrounding Victoria Park are a must-see for your guide. Their distinctive architectural style is the pride of the area!

Guided bike tour of the Kreuzberg district

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Price of guided tour : from €26 per person

Length of guided tour: 3h30

Visiting Kreuzberg by bike… not good. Finally, the center of Kreuzberg! Crowded day and night, it’s not always easy to get around by bike on a guided tour. But how do you get around Berlin’s Kreuzberg district by bike? Your guide has the answer: he knows the area inside out!

  • After a stroll through the Friedrichshain district, you’ll continue along the Spree. You’ll have the chance to discover the alternative lifestyle of the Kreuzberg district.
  • Then you come to some charming paths – shaded during the summer season. These take you along the Landwehrkanal , a favourite haunt of walkers, cyclists and curious onlookers. The Landwehrkanal is the historic canal whose course has remained unchanged since 1850.
  • Follow your guide to Böckler Park before turning back.

Food tour of the Kreuzberg district

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Price of guided tour : from €38 per person

Length of guided tour: 3h

A warm, gourmet Berlin awaits you in the Kreuzberg district! It all starts at Kotti (Kottbusser Tor), right in the center of the Kreuzberg district. Your guide will lead you through the district, showing you the authentic Kreuzberg. There are no less than five restaurants to discover. Each offers a different cuisine: modern, typically Berlin or ethnic. It’s a little-known fact, but the city is doing quite well when it comes to gastronomy. And what diversity! You’ll feast on succulent dishes while listening to your guide’s local anecdotes.

This guided tour of Kreuzberg is well worthwhile for those who like to combine good food with a cultural excursion.

Discover local street art with a guide

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Price of guided tour : from €19 per person

Length of guided tour: 2h

Kreuzberg is a hotbed of European counterculture. Here, the underground is the norm and street art is elevated to the pinnacle by aesthetes from all over the world. The works are everywhere for those who know how to see them in Kreuzberg, but your guide will undoubtedly be the best person to reveal them to you.

From impressive frescoes to modest but legendary graffiti, he’ll tell you all about the history of these timeless creations. Big names in street art such as Blu, Ash and Os Gemos will be introduced, as well as lesser-known artists. All of them know how to make the most of urban heritage to extract its artistic potential: come and contemplate their contribution to urban audiovisual art!

Guided tour with a historian

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Price of guided tour : from €80 per person

Length of guided tour: 3h

What better way to learn all about the city than to visit it in the company of a qualified historian? This expert will tell you all about the Kreuzberg district!

  • From the Oberbaumbruecke, Berlin’s most beautiful bridge, you’ll discover the SO 36 sector, militant and committed by nature. Did you know that Iggy Pop and David Bowie were regulars here?
  • Remains of the Berlin Wall are on display, as are works of art along the way.
  • Your guide will then take you through Görlitzer Park and its covered market, before plunging you into Europe’s most cosmopolitan area. Why not try a kebab or falafel?
  • Finally, the peaceful banks of the River Spree are the last point of interest before you leave your guide.

You’re sure to enjoy this instructive experience in the heart of Berlin.

The best hotels to stay in Kreuzberg

The Kreuzberg district is very touristy, easily accessible and boasts many cultural points of interest. If you’ve opted for a hotel rather than an apartment rental, you can count on the presence of top-rated establishments.

  • Let’s start with Berlin’s must-visit Kreuzberg district: the Riehmers Hofgarten, a four-star hotel housed in a sublime period building. It’s our favorite, and that of many of our visitors.
  • Also housed in a historic building, the Orania is the ultimate in comfort.
  • England Hotel is an interesting option and a serious outsider.
  • More simple but just as charming, welcome to theHotel Ludwig van Beethoven. This three-star hotel has a lot going for it: it’s just 200 meters from Hermannplatz square, between the lively districts of Kreuzberg and Neukölln.

Winter or summer, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for!

Where to eat in Kreuzberg?

Where to eat when visiting Berlin’s Kreuzberg district? The area boasts a wide range of addresses, cuisines of many different origins, and some dishes have even been invented here. The kebab, for example: it was a local Turkish restaurateur who decided to market these delicious filled sandwiches.

  • If you’re looking for a delicious kebab, head for Oranienstraße, a paradise for lovers of oriental cuisine. But you’ll also find a number of tasty restaurants serving more typical dishes.
  • Restaurant Henne on Leuschnerdamm Street offers authentic German cuisine. And for a good burger, go to Kreuzburger!
  • Alternatively, we recommend an onion sausage near the Oberbaumbrücke. Numerous stalls are scattered around this bridge across the Spree. It links Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg, and lends itself well to a lunch break.

Are you feeling peckish?

How do I get to Kreuzberg?

It’s easy to get to the area, and then to visit Berlin’s Kreuzberg district. The S-Bahn, equivalent to the Paris RER, runs from Anhalt Station to Kreuzberg. Take line S1, S2 or S25. Once you’re in the district, getting around is easy too, thanks to the U-Bahn, the subway. Use lines U1, U2, U6, U7 and U8 to get around.

Not a fan of underground travel, preferring the bus? Lines M19S, M29, M41 or 140S all serve the Kreuzberg district from various locations. Perfect for a quick and easy visit!

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