Boutique shops, the famed Mauerpark, and many, many strollers have recently become the vision of Prenzlauer Berg. Back in the 1960s though, Prenzlauer Berg was an East German neighbourhood and the site of peaceful protests and a strong counterculture. After the wall fell, Prenzlauer Berg held onto its rebellious roots and become a hotspot for squatters. Fast forward to the 2000s, and Prenzlauer Berg homes hold families and hip, young professionals.
Prenzlauer Berg is a vision of fresh, chic design. The Williamsburg of Berlin, the neighbourhood holds cute cafes and design shops built to perfectly furnish the area’s iconic altbau apartments. While the apartments are beautiful on the inside, the facades of the buildings keep a strong aesthetic charm on the outside. Prenzlauer Berg is a beautiful neighbourhood that lends itself to morning runs and evening walks.
One of the great perks of living in Prenzlauer Berg is having easy access to the Mauerpark flea market. The now famous Sunday market overflows with vintage furniture, East German relics, craft jewelry and art. The talented buskers and outdoor karaoke have helped boost its reputation as a favorite weekend hangout as well.
The Kulturbrauerei has become a staple of Berlin culture with a GDR museum, music venues, nightclubs, food stands and more, and one of Prenzlauer Berg’s best sites lets you look past the neighbourhood. Built in East Berlin in 1987, the Zeiss Major Planetarium is one of Europe’s largest stellar theatres.
Mauerpark holds a strip of the original wall, which serves as a daily canvas for street artists to practice their craft and just down the street is the Berlin Wall Memorial. The memorial offers lots of information about East Germany and the wall, and it has maintained the area as it was, complete with the death strip and watch tower so that one can get a more accurate understanding of history.
City centre: 5-10 minutes with the U-Bahn or Tram to Alexanderplatz.
Nearest airports: Tegel and Schönefeld, with train links to both between 1 and 1.5 hours.