Friedrichshain merged with Kreuzberg, the neighbour district in 2001 and hence the district is also referred as “Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg”. The western part of the districts has buildings with concrete slab constructions, while the eastern part has historic buildings of the Wilhelminian time. Karl-Marx-Allee and Frankfurter Allee are in the central location and hence apartments in the stalinistic buildings are in high demand. The apartments in the huge condos have practicable cuts and are easily accessible through public transportation system (BVG) and in proximity to many restaurant and cafés.
Friedrichshain is well connected with Ostbahnhof, the major station of former East Berlin. Warschauer Straße is another important connection point and the closest stop from Friedrichshain to Kreuzberg. Friedrichshain is well connected through extensive tram network, which is a step up from bus, as well as the S- and U-Bahn lines. On the contrary, Kruezberg has a few connection points on the tram network, while it is easy to get to and around via S- and U-Bahn lines or bus.
Bergmannstraße is easily accessible off the U6 at Mehringdamm and for upmarket Kreuzkölln area, get off the U8 at Schönleinstraße or Hermannplatz stations. SO36, Kottbusser Tor is the ideal leaping off point for Erster Mai or the best Turkish food in the city.
Friedrichshain has an alternative and artistic vibe. Popular attractions are: famous GDR-era relics, including the longest surviving stretch of the Berlin Wall, the East Side Gallery, and the socialist boulevard, Karl-Marx-Allee. Also, its known for its punk-locals, artistic collectives and for housing Berlin’s most rambunctious nightlife. Anyone who calls themselves an art lover must check out the murals of the East Side Gallery, A section of the Berlin Wall, along the river Spree, which is now used as an open-air art gallery. One of the best ways to experience the murals is on bike on cycle tour, which takes you through Bernauer Street via Potsdam Plaza, and explore the vestiges of a difficult past with memorials, remaining sections of the wall, and even watch towers along the way
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