Berlin & Kreuzberg

Kreuzberg was like a puzzle. Unconventional Berlin. Walking along the Landwehrkanal, is incredible to notice the architecture in Art Deco and Art Nouveau and how much symmetry has a city that seems so chaotic, with former East, West, old parts, new constructions, party areas, grey buildings, a Wall memorial. I think one of the reasons I write these articles is a way to solve the Berlin puzzle.

An introduction

I remember I walked one day from the Berlin Mitte until colorful Kreuzberg kiez (neighborhood) – by the water, on a beautiful road, Landwehrkanal, on a warm day that made think of spring that started today, and feeling I am passing from a city to another! Maybe that’s why I don’t have this wanderlust feeling or travel blues so strong since living in Berlin.

Victoria Park in Kreuzberg

Kreuzberg Mix – Parks, Galleries, Markets & Music

Park Viktoria and Berlinishe Galerie near Checkpoint Charlie are two favorite and diverse sights in Kreuzberg. In fact, Kreuzberg can be translated as “cross mountain”, and the little hill can be found in this pretty park.

I thought I saw a lot of Berlin until I went for the first time last summer to the market hall called Markhalle Neun (IX) in and realized is still a lot to see. Markets to visit are this Markthalle 9 – with 150 vendors and the Saturday market at Chamissoplatz in beautiful neighborhood Bergmannkiez, with houses in Old Berlin style.

Plus, visit the Turkish market at Maybachufer, technically part of Kreuzkölln, takes place every Tuesday and Friday.

Also, I am not an expert in techno, but in Berlin I guess you stay in line and enjoy the night out, even this seems a distant memory now. Kreuzberg was historically associated with punk rock. Clubs worth mentioning- Ritter Butke and SO36, where Iggy Pop and David Bowie used to hang out, plus Oranienplatz area with Oranienstrasse and beautiful ORA bar set in an old pharmacy.

Markhalle Neun (IX)

Coffee culture

Bonanza Coffee Roasters on Adalberst. 70 is hidden in a backyard, very common sight in Berlin. This roastery started the specialty coffee trend in Germany more than 10 years ago.

Kaffekirsche Roastery (Böckhstr 30), and near the canal – Katie’s Blue Cat, Five Elephants and Populus Coffee (at Maybachufer 20) are other favorite cafés in Kreuzberg. Admittedly it was also where the staff was the most friendly.

Sunset

Lastly, at the Landwehrkanal, the most popular bridge to watch the sunset is Admiralbrücke. Other two less crowded are Glogauer Brücke and Ohlauer Brücke.

The End

Landwehrkanal in summer

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