Get to know the other side of Kreuzberg, away from the partying crowds and Easy-jet Armada: a place where great world inventions were made, world-famous companies born, and where sand was turned into gold and then turned into dust again.
You will stroll through a half-forgotten old residential area where ghosts of the 19th-century building boom walk hand in hand with ghosts of Nazi propaganda. You will learn the secrets of one of Berlin's most stunning parks. You will also get to know the stories of people who made Berlin one of the greatest cities on Earth.
Kreuzberg is not only about squatters, riots, parties and drugs – Kreuzberg is where history was made. And it continues to be made here today.
This audio tour is written and narrated by Beata Gontarczyk-Krampe, aka Notmsparker, the author of the Berlin History Blog “Kreuzberged” and of “Notmsparker´s Berlin Companion”, the book about everything you never even knew you wanted to know about Berlin.
If you have any questions after the tour or would like to find out more about Berlin, you can contact the tour guide through her blog at kreuzberged.com.
This tour begins at the entrance to the Underground Station, or "U-bahnof", "Platz der Luftbrücke". We'll begin outside Exit Mehringdamm/Fidicinstraße, on the corner of Mehringdamm and Platz der Luftbrücke. In front you, just across the street, is a 1970s concrete building with yellow-framed windows.
Places to stop along the way:
XBerg Hütte on top of the Kreuzberg and before the Memorial (a public loo turned into a wonderful little restaurant): food, coffee, mulled wine, etc.
Villa Tomasa in Kreuzbergstraße
E.T.A. Hoffmann Restaurant in Yorckstraße 83 (part of Riehmers Hofgarten): classy restaurant with delicious food, also a hotel,
Al-Arz, a fantastic Lebanese bistro at Mehringdamm 63,
Dolden Mädel (where the Kaiserstein used to be) on the corner of Mehringdamm and Kreuzbergstraße: great food, excellent craft beer and don't forgot to pop down to the loo to have a look at those historical doors!
Best time of day:
Any time during the day apart from rush hours. The walk is most pleasant on the weekend but it's not a must.
Be careful not to walk on to the admittedly very poorly marked bike lanes on the left edge of Mehringdamm. Cyclists can be rather upset if you do. Also, make sure you wear comfy, non-slip shoes: parts of the route require gentle climbing and descending, which might be risky in rainy or frosty weather if your footwear is of the wrong kind.
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