Berlin Prenzlauer Berg
The district of Prenzlauer Berg attracts young people, students and artists. The area has become very popular with families. The numerous cafés, pubs, restaurants, clubs, bars, galleries and theatres are a magnet for tourists.
Visitors love the areas around Kollwitzplatz and Helmholtzplatz.
Picturesque old buildings create a unique ambience throughout the district. The Prenzlauer Berg is the largest ‘Gründerzeit’ building area in Germany.
Young people and families come together in the parks and playgrounds, which are a meeting place for generations. Staying in Prenzlauer Berg is hip and exciting but also very relaxed.
The beautiful Kollwitzplatz forms the centre of the so-called Kollwitz district and is a triangular complex bordered by three streets. The popular square in Berlin is about 6,000 square meters in size. It bears the name of the well-known artist Käthe Kollwitz, who lived on the square for a long time. Her monument is a popular meeting place.
The more than 100 year old ‘Wasserturm’ is the landmark of Prenzlauer Berg. It is Berlin’s oldest water tower and stands on an elevation that has become a popular picnic and viewing point. From here, visitors can enjoy a unique view of the Berlin television tower.
The Synagogue in Rykestraße is nearby. Until the beginning of National Socialism, Prenzlauer Berg was a centre of Jewish life in Berlin. The synagogue is the largest in Germany and offers 2,000 seats in the prayer room.
The young Berliners and their guests wander on the Kastanienallee like on a catwalk. The phrase ‘Castingallee’ is popular. In the numerous cafés you can relax and watch. The numerous shops offer individual fashion pieces by young Berlin designers. Here you will find Berlin’s oldest beer garden, the Prater. Also nearby is the famous sausage stall Konnopke, always a great tip for a delicious curry sausage.
On a shopping tour through Prenzlauer Berg you will find small designer shops, boutiques, shops for children’s toys and fashion, second-hand furniture, clothing and much more. Here you can find everything your heart desires.
The big shopping street of Prenzlauer Berg is the Schönhauser Allee and its branches like the Kastanienallee. In the north at the S- and U-Bahn station one can find Schönhauser Allee Arcaden, a mall for daily needs, with supermarket, restaurants and bookshops.
The Kastanienallee is suitable for sightseeing, but also for shopping with many high-quality second-hand shops. It is called the “creative center” of Prenzlauer Berg. On the adjacent Eberswalder Straße up to the Mauerpark there are many other shops.
On days off, the Kulturbrauerei in Prenzlauer Berg attracts visitors with markets and open-air events. More than 20 buildings and six connected courtyards offer restaurants, theatres and even a cosy cinema in a unique brewery ambience.
Many independent galleries are spread throughout the district. Painting and photography are exhibited in almost every street. The Staatsgalerie regularly hosts new exhibitions and a wide selection of artists.
In the Zeiss Grossplanetarium you can experience astronomical programs and natural sciences in a different way. In the dome with a diameter of 30 metres, these subjects become a very special experience as a 3D projection.
The district of Prenzlauer Berg is known for its culinary diversity. Here you can find German home cooking, Austrians with schnitzels, Spanish tapas and Asian cuisine in all variations. Many restaurants can be found in small side streets of the Kastanienallee, at Kollwitzplatz or near Helmholtzplatz.
For vegans and vegetarians the Prenzlauer Berg is definitely a good address, there is a large selection of special restaurants. But also the meat eaters are well served here, as for example in the Spanish steak house Pfefferberg, which by the way also offers a great brunch on Sunday.
In the authentic Turkish restaurant Osman’s Töchter delicious starters are served on the idyllic courtyard terrace. The bourgeois cuisine in the restaurant Zum Schusterjungen is a all-time favourite.
The place called Mamay is known for good and inexpensive vietnamese cuisine and delicious tea. The small Anh Thi in northern Prenzlauer Berg offers fine Asian duck dishes.
Those who are a fan of pizza and pasta should visit the Trattoria Toscana in the Kollwitz district.
In Prenzlauer Berg there are extensive green areas and parks in the immediate vicinity which invite you to relax.
The large Volkspark Prenzlauer Berg covers 29 hectares. This is where park area and art meet.
In Ernst-Thälmann-Park, visitors can relax on 16 hectares of green space. At the entrance to the park on Greifswalder Straße there is also an impressive monument in honour of Ernst Thälmann.
Where the border between East and West used to run, a green area for the residents, the Mauerpark, was created shortly after the fall of the Wall. It is still a popular meeting place today. Every Sunday the park attracts many visitors with its weekly flea market. Private and commercial traders offer their creations here. A fun karaoke event takes place in the amphitheatre every Sunday.
The Volkspark Friedrichshain is also close by, even though it is not actually part of the city district. Here you can see the fairytale fountain, the beautiful café and restaurant Schönbrunn beside a small lake. In summer there is a popular open air cinema taking place.
TIME TO RELAX
The Kulturbrauerei is also a popular place to go for night owls. Today live concerts take place in the ‘Maschinenhaus’. The Kulturbrauerei also has its own club where a party programme is offered every evening.
If you are looking for relaxation, you can swim and take a sauna in the small but fine ‘Stadtbad Oderberger‘. This historic swimming pool has been restored and is part of a hotel. It is also accessible to external guests. The Ernst-Thälmann Park indoor swimming pool, on the other hand, is more down-to-earth and kind of sporty.
In the Gewölbe sauna or in the Olivin Wellness Lounge you can sweat happily in Prenzlauer Berg.