Kreuzberg has two different faces. During the 1970s, innumerable run-down 19th century buildings around Hallesches Tor and ... More
Kreuzberg has two different faces. During the 1970s, innumerable run-down 19th century buildings around Hallesches Tor and Kottbusser Tor were pulled down to make way for modern tower blocks. The result—An anonymous concrete jungle. However, in the area around the Landwehrkanal —the canal which divides southern Berlin in two—residents successfully demonstrated against the demolition of their beloved old city quarter. It is here that you'll discover the other side of Kreuzberg. Careful renovation and subtle innovation have helped preserve one of Berlin's traditional working-class quarters. The best example is to be found on Fraenkelufer, a road which runs parallel to the canal. Alongside traditional houses painted in warm Mediterranean colours, futuristic modern constructions rise up from slim concrete pillars. Space has been left between the houses for flower-beds and trees. A round of applause for the architects please!
An oasis in the middle of the concrete jungle, Chamissoplatz is one of the few squares in Berlin which survived
the wartime bombing raids completely intact. Cobbled streets and nineteenth century town houses surround a small park and playground. ...
This lovely park is situated in the northern part of Charlottenburg. A magnet for sun lovers and young families at
weekends, the park contains a wildlife enclosure, several play areas and an adventure playground. An open air swimming pool ...
Although not as well known as Grunewald Forest in Berlin's south west, Tegel Forest in the north west of the
city is equally attractive. With its hills, lakes, nature reserves and children's playgrounds, Tegel forest has much to offer. ...