There is plenty of contrast in our selection of alternative neighbourhoods in Berlin that are well worth discovering: some have a revolutionary punk past, while others are defined by their Art Nouveau architecture from the early 20th century. What makes them all interesting is the way they have capitalized on their history and adapted to become modern communities with plenty to offer.
Traditionally the epicentre of alternative culture in the German capital, this area is famous for the riots that took place here after the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989. The buildings that were once occupied by activist squatters have now been converted into elegant boutiques and coffee shops. However, the neighbourhood’s revolutionary vibe can still be found in places such as the RAW complex, a collection of artistic spaces and events venues with an industrial flair.
Kreuzberg was the heart of West Berlin punk with squats such as Kopi and SO36, which are still standing today. While the neighbourhood still has a slightly non-conformist feel, it is very much part of the hipster scene. The indoor Markthalle Neun offers food from around the world on Street Food Thursdays.
For more on Friedichshain and Kreuzberg, visit https://whereis.gatrooms.com/travel-smart-in-berlin-friedichshain-kreuzberg/
At first sight, this looks like a bohemian neighbourhood that has rigorously preserved its historic buildings. When you dig deeper, you learn that behind the Art Nouveau façade lies Berlin’s tech centre, packed with startups and bars that accept bitcoin as payment. The Admiral Bridge is the perfect spot for a picnic.
This neighbourhood is a green paradise thanks to its numerous parks, including Planterwald and Treptower Park. If you take a stroll down streets like Lohmühlenstraße, you are likely to come across new-age nomadic workers bent over their laptops in hipster coffee shops. At night, the indoor Treptow Arena hosts concerts and parties, making it the hottest venue in East Berlin.
Don’t forget about other cool neighbourhoods such as Kreuzberg, Rixdorf, Schillerkiez and Neukolln. You can read all about them here: https://whereis.gatrooms.com/kreuzberg-and-rixdorf-and-schillerkiez-in-neukolln/
Berlin is a trendsetting city. When the brunch boom hit a few years ago, eateries here quickly found a way to offer a new type of customer‒ “those who brunch” ‒extensive options for high quality, healthy and locally-sourced food.
According to The New York Times and CNN, this is one of the best vegan restaurants in the world. According to us, it’s a place where whatever you order, it’s bound to be delicious!
Brunch served: Saturday
09:30-16:00 and Sunday 09:00-16:00.
Located on Tempelhofer Ufer in the Kreuzberg district, Hallesches Haus is an eye-opening event space with a modern, industrial vibe that serves locally-sourced organic cuisine.
Brunch served: Saturday 10:00-18:00. Enjoy a cup of local roasted coffee, too.
Isla Coffee Berlin
This city oasis with a zen vibe set in the midst of a sometimes hectic Hermannstraße in Neukölln features a minimalist decor, locally-produced furniture and an abundance of plants. The brunches they serve at this “island” of calm are based on a no-waste philosophy: leftover milk foam is used as ricotta to make their bread pudding.
This bakery produces traditional New York bagels in the heart of the Friedrichshain district. Perfect for enjoying lunch after browsing the extensive collection of English books at the Shakespeare and Sons bookstore, where it is located.
Open: Monday to Sunday
Accompany these marvellous, homemade vegan doughnuts with a great cup of coffee after devouring a freshly toasted bagel. When it comes to brunch, anything goes. Open: Monday to Saturday 10:00-20:00. Sunday
It is a pleasure to invite you to the premiere of our next art exhibition “Agata Zaleszczyk – Hamme Portraits” by Agata Zaleszczyk – Hamme.
Come to discover Zaleszczyk’s ongoing creative exploration, in which “the line, the brushstroke, the colour themselves tell actual stories”.
Check out the artist’s work on www.az-hamme.com
Spending time in Berlin over Christmas is, without doubt, a magical experience. Here are some of our favourite activities to make the most of the festive season and the cold, wintry weather. Don’t worry, though–you will soon warm up again when you make it back to the cosy comfort of your room at the Gat Point Charlie hotel!
The German capital offers a great variety of Christmas markets. Although it has been far from easy, we have selected four of them for you to discover: the Gendarmenmarkt is the best; Klunkerkranich is the highest; Eco Christmas Market is the greenest; and the coldest is the Lucia Christmas Market.
Get the full low-down on Berlin’s Christmas markets here: https://whereis.gatrooms.com/weihnachten-in-berlin-christmas-markets/
A walk through the city parks is a fantastic idea at any time of the year, but there is nothing better than enjoying the sun on your face as you stroll through the snow on a beautiful winter’s day.
Apart from the well-known parks such as the Tiergarten or Volkspark Friedrichshain, check out our favourite itineraries for a fresh-air adventure on foot or a bicycle: https://whereis.gatrooms.com/easter-in-berlin-hop-on-a-bike/
During the winter months, Berlin also offers a wealth of other outdoor activities, such as ice skating in Neukölln or tobogganing on Teufelsberf hill. This list by @visitberlin includes all the details for finding the cold weather hotspots for sporty fun with friends and family: https://www.visitberlin.de/en/wintersport-berlin
Last but not least, we have the pleasure of introducing two very special activities to round off your Christmas stay in the city:
• Why not visit an art exhibition in Auguststraße before savouring a delicious cup of hot chocolate in one of the themed cafés in the Mitte neighbourhood?
• An open-air Christmas concert will be held at the traditional Alt-marzahn Advent market on 1 December. For more information, visit https://www.visitberlin.de/en/event/advent-singing-village-green-alt-marzahn
Meanwhile, enjoy the fun winter activities Berlin has to offer and we’ll take care of the rest.
Berlin was the final destination of the international Lollapalooza festival, an annual 2-day event packed with music and fun that took place over the weekend of 7-8 September. During the summer, it had already travelled through the United States, Argentina, Chile, Brazil, France and Germany.
Among the international singers and groups performing at the event were this year’s young revelation Billie Eilish and the Grammy-winning duo, Twenty One Pilots.
With one of the festival’s two European events being held in Paris, it is no coincidence that the Lollapalooza organizers decided to stage the second in Berlin. While the German capital’s history has ensured it is well-known around the globe, it is also a major political, artistic, cultural and leisure hub that hosts one of the most important cinema festivals in the world, the Berlinale, which makes it an unmissable tour destination for international music stars.
It is precisely this, great music, that plays an essential role in Berlin: my time there was underscored with rhythm, not only thanks to the great performances at the festival held in the Olympic Stadium, but because the city itself IS music. It is impossible to wander the city streets without coming across an artist singing or playing an instrument, or watching improvised performances by small street dance groups.
However, I also came across great music beyond the festival and the streets as it was easy to find at Gat Point Charlie: eating breakfast while I listened to smooth jazz, sipping a drink after dinner while I watched projections of concert recordings on the wall, or even the background music in the hotel’s common areas.
The fact that great music follows you around all day in Berlin makes the city an even more fantastic place to be.
Hotel Gat Point Charlie guest.