Alternative Berlin

A relaxed bike ride through the city’s alternative neighborhoods, past unprecedented places, hip addresses and parks. We highlight Prenzlauerberg, Friedrichshain, Kreuzberg, Neukolln and Tempelhofer Feld. For the experienced cyclist this tour takes at least 4 hours (30 min pause incl) and goes around 25 km.

 Prenzlauerberg

In the 90’s, this neighbourhood was the epicenter of alternative Berlin. A former working quarter with unrenovated houses from around the year 1900 became after the fall of the Wall and accompanying exodus of East Berliners completely vacant. The dreamed playground of squatters and artists and punk bands such as Eg. Rammstein. The place that has shaped the Berlin myth of a city where everything is possible. These days it has become an example of gentrification and urban evolution a district of hippie-chic and young thirty-somethings with children. Since the World Cup in 2006, the district with the highest birth rate in all of Germany. However, the spirit of inadaptation and colourfulness has managed to survive, especially during the weekly festivities on Sunday in Mauerpark, Prenzlauerberg is once again the beating heart of alternative Berlin .

 

Friedrichshain

A large DDR district in Soviet style, nowhere better than here you feel the atmosphere of the former socialist Utopia, especially along the former Stalin Allee. We also zoom in on the heart of the Berlin clubscene along the river Spree. F’hain is now the place to be for weekenders, people who are looking for vintage clothing, nice bars and restaurants, alternative skate parks, urban street art and of course techno. Here you will also find the famous East Side Gallery: The longest still in tact part of the Berlin Wall. Graffiti artworks have been sprayed over the entire length of 1.3 kilometers. In the spring of 1990, a few months after the fall of the Berlin Wall, 118 artists were invited to draw their vision of freedom on the Wall. This makes the East Side Gallery the longest public art work in the world. The most famous part is perhaps The Brotherkiss between Erich Honecker and Leonid Brezhnev.

 

Kreuzberg

This legendary neighbourhood was the epicenter of alternative Berlin in the late 70’s and especially in the 80’s. A place where punks, bohemians and contra-culture enthusiasts and world famous artists such as David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Nick Cave, Blixa Bargeld, Tilda Swinton reinvented themselves. As a neighbourhood based on anti-establishment values, Kreuzberg refuses to lose its rebellious character. Graffiti is everywhere, shoarma tents stand overnight revelers until the early morning hours and alleys are often mistakenly seen as public restrooms. The range of cafés, vintage shops and venues keeps this brutal neighborhood awake from early morning until late in the evening. The wall and former generationof punks and goths are perhaps gone, but it is not only nostalgia that reigns in this district, new hotspots and experimental projects are stamped out of the ground and keep the Kreuzbergernachten ever long.

 

Neukölln

The new young hipster Berlin, where especially young twentysomethings from all over Europe and beyond are attracted by the low rental prices. The feeling of freedom at the nearby Tempelhofer Feld, the endless bar scene, cheap food-places this is still a Turkish workers neighborhood and home to countless artists and wanna-be artists. The new generation is perhaps more sophisticated and intimistic, which means this district comes with a manual. A place where especially in the evening you have a powerful atmosphere with it’s cobblestones and gaslight-like lanterns, it suddenly turns into something magical.

 

Tempelhofer Feld

In the years 1920, Tempelhof was converted into one of the first European airports. The nazi′s built a megalomaniac airport building but could not complete their work because of the 2nd Worldwar . The airport building is still one of the longest buildings in the world. As Air bridge between the west and the city of West Berlin in the Cold War, it processed nearly a year long numerous airplanes with auxiliary goods (250,000 tons) for the western part of the city. Until 2008, the airport remained in use.  In 2010, the German government decided to return the terrain to its original destination as a public park.  Kitesurfers, skaters, cyclists, ecogardeners have now created a paradise of metropolian freedom! Meanwhile, the building also serves as a centre for refugees.

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