Kreuzberg is located directly on the Spree River, and is a trendy and creative district in the heart of the capital.
The former district of West Berlin has moved back to the centre since 1990. Kreuzberg lies south of Mitte and is officially part of the combined district Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg.
With its unique and multicultural atmosphere, Kreuzberg regularly attracts many visitors. The legendary reputation and popularity is still coming from the turbulent times before the fall of the Berlin Wall. Kreuzberg is undergoing a change from alternative to creative.
The parts of Kreuzberg are quite different. The so-called part SW 61 is rather bourgeois, here lies the Yorckstraße, the lively Bergmannkiez and the residential complex Riehmers Hofgarten.
In the east you can find part SO36, which used to be a working-class neighbourhood and is now being mixed up by many newcomers. The alternative and artistic scene attracts many different visitors. Many start-ups are located in the industrial yards.
The Kreuzberg district itself is a sight to behold. The underground line U1 is historical and the first underground line from 1902. It leads to the high stations Schlesisches Tor and Prinzenstraße.
Near Mariannenplatz and Oranienstraße stands the Künstlerhaus Bethanien, with exhibitions and a printing workshop.
In neighbouring Neukölln, also known as Kreuzkölln, the Karstadt department store on Hermannplatz is well worth a visit. This building is also historic and was built in 1929.
A stroll along the Landwehrkanal with the Admiralbrücke is recommended. This is the place for a get-together and there are flea markets and weekly markets. You can enjoy a beautiful sunset while listening to guitar music.
On the Kreuzberg mountain, the highest natural elevation in inner-city Berlin, one can find the National Monument to the Liberation Wars. Twelve cast-iron geniuses commemorate the martyrs of the liberation wars at the almost 19-metre-high monument. With its unique architecture, the national monument is definitely worth a visit.
Kreuzberg is a true shopping paradise for all those who are looking for something individual or handmade.
In the famous Oranienstraße between Görlitzer Bahnhof and Moritzplatz there are countless individual boutiques and fashion shops to discover. From young designers and streetwear to exclusive unique boutiques, everything is represented here.
A weekly food market is held in the Markthalle Neun. Fruit, vegetables and other tasty delicacies from the region and all over the world can be found here on 3000 square metres at countless stands. On Thursdays there is a popular and well-attended Street Food Day, where you can enjoy culinary delights from all over the world.
In the Deutsches Technikmuseum you can admire a wide range of old and new technology and experience it interactively. Daily demonstrations and regularly changing exhibitions are offered to young and old visitors.
The Spektrum Science Center is right next door. Check out 150 experimental stations where you can experience science and technology from a completely new perspective.
The Jewish Museum Berlin also takes visitors on a journey through time: through two millennia of German-Jewish history. The museum shows German-Jewish life in 13 epochal pictures. Everyday objects, original photographs and letters provide a unique insight.
Berlin’s highest cinema is the historic Sputnik Kino. On the fifth floor of the building you can enjoy a unique view from the bar.
Kreuzberg’s gastronomic offerings are as international as its inhabitants. Here, residents and guests can eat themselves around the world.
The Künstlerhaus Bethanien is home to the restaurant 3 Schwestern. The guests rave about modern German cuisine with schnitzel, cheese noodles and roast pork.
The restaurant Horvàth offers you Austrian country cuisine combined with modern ideas. Classic with wooden panels but at the same time simply furnished, here you will experience a cosy ambience with newly invented, classic dishes. The Restaurant Jolesch in Muskauer Straße follows a similar concept.
New and hip Turkish barbeque in the restaurant Fes, directly at the subway station Südstern. Here, the meat is grilled at the table, and delicious Turkish starters are served first to bridge waiting time.
You can also grill at the table in the popular Kimchi Princess on Skalitzer Straße, corner of Manteuffelstraße. A cool beer is served with marinated beef and spicy octopus.
In the Viktoriapark on the Kreuzberg there are 12 hectares of green space. A highlight is the artificial waterfall with the National Monument to the Liberation Wars in the background. At the foot of the waterfall an irregular pond has been created, which invites you to stay especially in summer.
To the east of the Viktoriapark lies the Volkspark Hasenheide. In addition to a relaxing picnic on the sunbathing lawn, there are countless leisure activities. Minigolf, playgrounds and an open-air cinema are some of them.
TIME TO RELAX
During the day, a visit to the Prinzessinengärten is a great experience. A wide variety of fruit and vegetables are planted here. There is also a restaurant with a pizza oven.
In the evening there are concerts, shows and musicals at the BKA Theater at Mehringdamm. The unique architecture of the Tempodrom makes the evening a special experience. In the English Theater of Berlin in the Fidicinstraße there are exclusive English language performances.
The Liquidrom offers wellness and relaxation with thermal baths, saunas and massages. In the heart of Berlin you will find a place of peace and quiet and enjoy a warm saltwater oasis with underwater music in the dark dome hall.