Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin

Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin.
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Prenzlauer Berg’s location, sandwiched between Mitte and Friedrichshain, is evident in this neighborhood’s transitional character.

Immediately after the fall of the Berlin Wall, squatters, punks, and immigrants took over many of the buildings that had been abandoned in the subsequent chaos. Inexpensive living conditions also attracted numerous artists, musicians, and tastemakers, giving the area a reputation as ground zero for new trends.

In the past decade, however, this title has probably been passed eastward to Kreuzberg or Friedrichshain, due mainly to the fact that as tenants of Prenzlauer Berg have grown older and started families, the area has mellowed into a slightly upscale neighborhood, though it still retains a rough-around-the-edges charm.

Social life in Prenzlauer Berg centers around the Eberswalder Strasse U-Bahn stop, where five major streets intersect, each lined with various bars, cafés, and clubs ranging from no-frills joints to upscale restaurants.

A multitude of boutiques and secondhand shops offers daytime activity, while Mauerpark, which occupies the area where the Berlin Wall once stood, schedules many weekend activities and events.

Both geographically and in attitude, Prenzlauer Berg serves as a bridge between the affluent, pricey Mitte and the alternative, gritty Friedrichshain.


Where to Go in Prenzlauer Berg

  • * The Bird 20s / 30s / 60s Music / Bar Food
  • * Druide Bar 20s / 30s / Absinthe / Absinthe Bar

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