(Photo: Barbara Antoniazzi)
Prenzlauerberg is a district with a smooth, flexible personality which Berliners have always liked to discuss. In its eventful history this area has seen a lot: windmills in the 1800s, crowded tenements in the early twentieth century, local concentration camps during WWII, and the building of the Berlin Wall which enclosed the district into the Eastern sector.
Always open to change, Prenzlauerberg was the place where even during the GDR rebels and bohemians could meet and organize; the low rents and free lifestyle made it the center of the party scene in the 1990s and early 2000s before an unprecedented wave of gentrification transformed it into the chic, toddler-friendly, eco-sensitive neighborhood it has now become.
Our tour will show you the thrilling highlights of this fascinating area: an old brewery repurposed as event center also hosting a free GDR Museum, the farmers market and organic-coffee bars in Kollwitz Square, the largest Synagogue in Germany, the street where Angela Merkel lived in the late 1980s, the iconic red-brick water towers, and Berlin’s oldest beer garden.
And if you feel like doing some shopping, the myriad of concept stores and local labels crowding Kastanienallee will set you up for unique finds.
Enjoy the distinctive charm and eventful history of Berlin’s most versatile neighborhood
Duration: 2 hours