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Multi-cultural, alternative and middle-class: Everything is possible in "Kreuzhain"

Real Estate in Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg

They come from India, Turkey or Brazil, from China, Kenia or Croatia: More than one million people from all over the world are dancing, hopping and singing through the streets of Kreuzberg during the Carnival of Cultures every year at Pentecost. They celebrate the diversity of the modern, multi-cultural society and thus exactly the culture that is lived in Kreuzberg throughout the entire year and that characterises the special atmosphere of the quarter that forms a district together with Friedrichshain.

People from more than 180 nations and with different levels of education and income live peacefully as next-door neighbours here. Döner shops, street cafes, star restaurants, Turkish vegetable shops, fancy boutiques and bars, toy stores and fitness studios line the streets – they all find their customers. In good weather, the students, the creative people, the middle class people, mothers with children, large Turkish families and all other Kreuzberg people meet in the two green lungs of the district, the Görlitzer Park and the Viktoriapark. Kreuzberg is exuberant, lively, alternative and hip, but not eccentric and very authentic. This blend is not only popular with young people, but also with well-to-do families. Because distances are short and the infrastructure is good in Kreuzberg, which, since the turnover, is no longer situated on the edge of the capital, but right in the middle of it. Everything can be reached on foot or by bicycle, there is a tight subway network and many bus lines and the city highway is also not far.

Those who think the nights in Kreuzberg are not long enough only need to cross the Spree river that cuts through the Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg district: next-door Friedrichshain never sleeps. Pretty run-down in the times of the former GDR, the old working class quarter with its many imperial era buildings has been restored to a large extent today. Life is rather middle-class today where alternatives and squatters ruled after the turnover. The old rows of houses shine in new splendour, especially around Boxhagener Platz. Yet the lively party scene is still there. The clubs and bars on Simon-Dach-Straße for instance are a great place to party. The reputation of the techno temple “Berghain” is legendary. It was elected the “Best club in the world” by the British magazine “DJ Mag” in 2009. And Friedrichshain is also the right place for dining and brunching. The Volkspark, created as early as 1840 and the oldest communal public park in the city, invites people to come and relax. And the flea market each Sunday on the pretty Boxhagener Platz, with its many books and antiquities, is also worth visiting.

But reducing Friedrichshain to its party scene would not do the multi-faceted quarter justice. Architecture lovers marvel about the famous, colossal gingerbread-style buildings on Karl-Marx-Allee. As least as impressive is the East Side Gallery, the longest still preserved part of the Berlin Wall on the banks of the Spree has been colourfully painted by various artists. A walk to the other bank across the decorative Oberbaumbrücke is also worth the trip: here, where a checkpoint used to be in GDR times, people can get a feel for how life must have been in “Kreuzhain”, which is now united, but which was separated into East and West back then.

Another project demonstrates that we have arrived in the presence by now: the so-called Mediaspree. Communication and media companies have settled in old warehouses and in representative new buildings. The O2-World, many hotels and numerous company headquarters such as the German headquarters of Coca-Cola or Universal Music have already moved to the attractive location on the waterfront.

Living is also possible on the waterfront. A real idyll has been developed on the Stralau peninsula, the headland between Spree and Rummelsburger Bucht: the small island with its landmark, the old village church with the leaning tower, features lofts, apartments and town houses with their own gardens in carefully restored factory buildings and new buildings and with lots of green space.




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