Berlin Wall Memorial site

For visitors to the Berlin Wall memorial the first decision to make will be which direction to take it in. I think the majority of people start from the visitor centre at the corner of Gartenstrasse and Bernauer Strasse having arrived via Nordbahnhof S-Bahn. The only disadvantage is that you start from the spot where you get the books and souvenirs (genuine piece of the wall only €5.95!), so you need to make your mind up before you’ve seen everything or get the tram back. The main advantage in starting from here, if you don’t know too much of the Wall’s history, is you can see two short films (15 mins each) in the first floor auditorium to give you some background information. The English language versions start on the hour. But I don’t think it will be much of a problem to start from Bernauer Strasse U-Bahn and work your way down to Nordbahnhof. In fact this might help to put the ‘Ghost Station’ exhibition in Nordbahnhof station into context.

Berlin Wall memorial

Berlin Wall memorial

The thing to be aware of is that this is a big memorial, around 1.4km, with a lot of information so allow plenty of time. Heading out of the visitor centre you will cross the road to the start of the memorial and this will give you your first view of how the Wall was constructed in its final phase, you will also come to the first of the information posts on your route. These posts have a variety of themes and styles, some have printed information, others are audio posts and others show short videos. There is a blend of straightforward historical information, news reports and personal testimony from both sides of the wall, even from one of the Border Guards. Most things are translated if they are not in English already. In this first section you will come to the Window of Remembrance memorial to the 136 known victims of the Wall, which consists of a photo of each person, where available, and their name being read out at a nearby information post.

Berlin Wall memorial

Berlin Wall memorial

The next major part of the memorial is at the corner of Ackerstrasse, on one side of Bernauer Strasse is a reconstructed section of the Wall with the ‘Death Strip’, on the opposite side is the viewing tower and Documentation Centre. The reconstruction gives an impression of how the Wall would have looked in the late Eighties with a Guard Tower and lighting. This is certainly the focal point of the memorial and is definitely not to be missed. If you get the chance to approach this section from the North down Ackerstrasse you can get an impression of how imposing the Wall was as you glimpse the guard tower through the trees and bushes at the end of the street. The Documentation Centre gives you more of the historical background to the Wall’s construction and contains an exhibition of documents detailing the East German government’s plans for the Wall.

From this section heading East you will pass the Chapel of Reconciliation, around the Chapel you will notice the footprint of the original church traced on the ground. For this final section the most interesting features are at, or below, ground level. Here you will find the routes of several of the escape tunnels marked across the strip as well as a feature currently under development the foundations of the houses that were knocked down to clear the strip.

This was never going to be an easy project, but I believe the designers have done an excellent job of bringing together the various aspects of this memorial. There is a lot of information here for those who want to know the history of the Wall, its significance during the Cold War and how it affected the lives of those who lived in its shadow. The memorial to its victims is simple yet moving.

Written and Contributed by Mark Beadle

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Thirst for Knowledge: a tour of the old Kindl beer brewery, Berlin

We gather under the shadow of an impressive, looming old brewery – the former Kindl-Area in Neukölln – in an eerie, industrial wasteland that might feel intimidating if it wasn’t so familiar, so Berlin.   As the nearby clock tower strikes four o’clock, we file punctually into the brewery to start the Berliner Unterwelten guided tour. I’m excited. Beer is an important part of the city’s history and I’m thirsty for knowledge.

old Kindl brewery

old Kindl brewery

Luckily, I don’t have to wait long for refreshment. The tour’s introduction is delivered by a passionate and knowledgeable guide who has facts on tap. We learn the historical significance of beer brewing since the middle ages, when beer was the staple drink of the entire population, including children and pregnant women.  The brewing process removes harmful bacteria so back then it was much safer than water, despite the obvious pitfalls.

In 1516, the Reinheitsgebot (Beer Purity Law) was implemented in Bavaria and spread quickly throughout the country. It stipulated that the only ingredients that could be used in the production of beer were water, barley and hops. Today, the law no longer exists but there is still a hangover of traditional brewing customs and German beer is some of the purest and tastiest in the world.

Inside the brewery

Inside the brewery

Brewing beer required cellars because before refrigeration, going underground was the only way to control the temperature. Berlin’s water table is particularly high, so the old breweries were clustered around the high ground in Prenzlauer Berg and Kreuzberg- Neukölln.  As technologies have dramatically changed the brewing process, the old breweries have been rendered defunct and, sadly, most have been demolished or converted. Touring the Kindl brewery is a rare treat, and understandably popular.

We start our tour at the beginning of the brewing journey, in a huge, imposing room with stunning art deco detail. A glance around the room confirms that these brewers took immense pride in all aspects of their work. I’m starting to fancy a beer, but first we must explore the depths of the cellars and learn the fascinating history of brewing techniques.  This first room is where the carbohydrates from the grain are broken down into sugars and the unwanted proteins removed from the sludge. Then, downstairs in a massive, open cellar, the yeast is added and the mixture left to ferment. Down further, to about 20 metres, and it gets very chilly. Here is where the liquid is put into Lager (German for storage and the origin of the name) until it is ready to drink.

The cellars are dingy, wet, smelly and cold, but this only adds to the atmosphere, and our guide’s enthusiasm and knowledge are more than enough to keep the group warm and engaged. After an hour we emerge squinting into the afternoon, our pupils racing to contract in the low autumn sun. We’ve worked up quite a thirst by now but before we hit the bar there’s one final area left to see – the modern Rollberg micro-brewery.  Located in a section of the old brewery building, the Rollberg brewery and bar are a stark reminder of the world-shaping effects of technological progress.



Where once immense cellars were carved out of hillsides, the process can now happen in a room no larger than a corner pub.  The pub is, of course, exactly where we end up to finally sample the three varieties of Rollberg – Rot, Hell and Weizen (red, light and wheat). Prost!

The Rollberg Brewery is open from 5pm on Saturdays and from 2pm on Sundays. The Berliner Unterwelten tour (German only) takes place every Saturday at 4pm and costs €10. Participants must bring their own torch.

By Natalie Holmes –

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Reichenberger Straße in Kreuzberg Berlin – the Kiez is alright

Sandwiched between Görlitzer Park and the Landwehr Canal, Reichenberger Straße is a long, cobbled street flanked by magnificent trees, where the seeds of change have been planted and are beginning to bear fruit. 

Located in west Kreuzberg, the old Turkish quarter, gentrification has been slower here than in other areas such as Friedrichshain and Prenzlauer Berg, and the street is a perfect example of a city still in flux.



Opposition to development is starkly evident, from community organisations against rent increases to the crudely strewn graffiti that intersperses the new cafes, bars and restaurants, all of which continue to pop up in an ongoing neighbourhood tit-for-tat.

Despite (and probably because of) the conflict between development and resistance, Reichenberger Straße is currently a beautiful and interesting place. A vibe of authenticity, which in neighbouring corners is often drowned by development, still exists.

From the chaos of Kotti, walk east along Reichenberger Straße.

Canal near to Reichenbergerstr

Canal near to Reichenbergerstr

The road stretches about 1.5km and at the end you’ll find a lovely park on the banks of a mini triangular lake where two canals meet.  This little-known oasis features two ping-pong tables, a beer garden and kids’ play area and is the perfect place to relax at any time of the year with barbecues in summer, picturesque walks in spring and autumn, and even ice skating on the frozen canal in winter.

Along the way there are some notable pit-stop opportunities, including the eccentrically named Bastard cafe (# 122), which serves a tasty breakfast, Goûter (# 143), a gorgeous new French eatery, and Five Elephants (# 101), which serves the best coffee in the area. Stock up on Italian delicacies and fine wine at Martinello (# 115), or sit outside and watch the world go by over their excellent risotto. As the sun goes down, step into Soul Cat (# 73) for live music, retro DJs, and a welcoming atmosphere that’s almost as refreshing as the beer.

Written by Natalie Holmes –

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Free Classical Music in Berlin

One of the best things about Berlin, especially in the summer, is that all sorts of open spaces get used for a wide range of performance including music. And what is even better is that quite a lot of it is free!

Bode Museum - Berlin

Bode Museum - Berlin

This is quite appealing to us, as new parents, as it means that we can get to see something as a family without having to worry about tickets or disturbing other people once we’re there. So when some friends of ours suggested that we go along to the Sonntagskonzerte at the Bode Museum we agreed straight away.This particular series has been running for the last 5 years from the end of June through to early August. The first concert featured music by Dvorak and Beethoven and this evening we were being treated to Prokofiev and Bruckner.

The weather report on the morning of the concert warned us that there could be ‘showers’ and, possibly, thunderstorms towards the evening. We decided that it was worth the risk so we all set off with the prams covered and umbrellas for the grown-ups. We had to dodge one shower as we walked down but it didn’t last too long so we continued on. As we approached the rear of the museum the rain had started to fall again, the sky had darkened ominously and thunder rumbled not so far away. As it was still around 30 minutes before the concert was due to start we made a dash to a nearby archway to wait out the storm. After a few minutes the rain could be described as torrential, lightning lit up the sky overhead and we started to consider collecting two of every animal. Then just 10 minutes before the concert was due to start the rain stopped and we tentatively returned to the seated area to find that, in the best Berlin tradition, no-one in the first two rows had given up their seat and the remaining places were quickly filling up.

In the end the concert started pretty much on time and we all had a great time, the children behaved themselves and the distant flashes of lightning even added to the occasion. It is well worth keeping an eye out for other free concerts particularly at the churches, cathedrals and music schools. One very good option is the lunchtime concert at the Berlin Philharmonic which takes place in the foyer there every Tuesday at 1.00p.m from 6th September.

Fantastic tips by guest writer Mark Beadle

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St.Gaudy Café- Berlin

Berlin is justifiably proud of its cafés and the St. Gaudy Café is certainly up there amongst the best. So what is it that makes this one stand out? Firstly, it is more than just a place to grab a quick coffee and a cake. This is a place to get away from the bustle of the adjacent Schönhauser Allee and settle down with your newspaper, book or magazine or to just sit and contemplate the good things in life.

St Gaudy Street cafe

St Gaudy Street cafe

This is something you notice as soon as you cross the threshold, the café just exudes an air of calm. This continues as you place your order; if your German is slim to non-existent there is no need to worry as everyone here speaks good English. There is a bit of a mis-conception that service in Berlin varies between abrupt and rude, so when I say that the guys and girls here could be the friendliest bunch in Berlin you might not be that impressed. But these guys are the genuine article, not the ‘corporate friendly’ you get in some restaurant chains.

Once you have settled down with your coffee and cake, or beer or wine if it’s not too early in the day, you will notice that quite a few events are being advertised and not only that but they all seem to be taking place in the café. In fact there is so much going on that it almost seems that they have taken on the role of an unofficial cultural centre.

St Gaudy Cafe

St Gaudy Cafe

For those who are only in Berlin for a short visit there will be the chance to catch some live music, possibly from a visiting performer or at one of the regular Berlin Folk Society evenings, or maybe some poetry and reading from the Letters Society or even a philosophy presentation. There are also the regular weekly film nights during the cooler months.

If you are in Berlin for a bit longer you may take the opportunity to practice your English or German skills at the weekly language exchange, or you might like to join the book club or you could even take a course in portrait photography.

St.Gaudy Café…more than just bloody good coffee.

The café is located at the end of Gaudystrasse and is just a short walk from Schönhauser Allee S + U Bahn. Most events are free entry and donations for the performers are more than welcome.

By Guest Writer Mark Beadle

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Lange Nacht der Museen (Long Night of Museums), Berlin – 27th August 6pm to 2am

Staying up late in Berlin need not involve nightclubs and all-night parties, although the Long Night of Museums is certainly a celebration of sorts. Berlin started the Long Night idea way back in 1997 – when just 12 museums were involved – and has grown into an extremely popular event with over 120 venues and 150,000 visitors expected to participate this year.

Museum für Naturkunde/Quinet-Flickr

Museum für Naturkunde/Quinet Flickr

Berlin, with its Soviet influences, is said to have borrowed the idea from St. Petersburg, which holds a White Nights festival during those long summer evenings when the sun barely sets.  Indeed, held during the last weekend in August, the event provides a perfect opportunity to enjoy the final headiness of summer before September starts to draw the nights in. One Long Night of culture before the season of long dark nights begins.

The Long Night of Museums takes place over almost 400 square kilometres of the city centre. Participating venues open their doors between 6pm and 2am for visitors to explore, free of charge, the wonders within. The crowds, special programme, and magnificent buildings and exhibitions combine to create an exciting atmosphere not to be missed. Succeeding year on year in its goal of introducing new people to the cultural institutions of Germany’s capital, the concept has spread to more than 120 cities in Europe alone. This year, the theme in Berlin is music. A number of the city’s choirs will perform in venues throughout the evening, culminating with an open-air performance, with which the audience are invited to join in.

The full programme is impressive and despite free shuttle buses and a reliable metro network, there’s simply no way to experience it all. The best approach is to scan the programme, study the map (or vice versa!) and make the most of the original and best Long Night of Museums. Some highlights include the Energy Museum, which has an exhibition on energy supply technology, and the Deutsches Historisches Museum offering special shows and guided tours in English (6-9pm in the foyer).  Some interesting insights are sure to be gleaned at the Gedenkstätte Berlin-Hohenschönhausen, which used to be a prison and is now a memorial to the lives of political prisoners of the former GDR. Similarly, the Kreuzberg Museum examines immigration and urban development in the area.  Perhaps most intriguing of all is a rare opportunity to glimpse the inside of Germany’s Freemason headquarters, where they’ll be showing an exhibition about the brotherhood’s famously clandestine rituals and

By Guest Writer Natalie Holmes

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The Fans Football Team in Berlin – Reasons to be Union

Despite the fact that Berlin hosted the World Cup Final recently, as well as a sell-out opening game for the women’s finals, it does not come across as a football town. In fact many visitors remain convinced that Berlin only has one team. Which is strange when you consider that London often has five teams in the Premier League with a population only around double the size. At a push some fans may vaguely recall Dynamo Berlin’s European exploits back in the old DDR days.



But for those who don’t have their head turned by the bright lights, big stadium, sort of famous players and attractive opposition of Hertha there is a little gem of a team gradually building a reputation down in Köpenick the home of 1.FC Union Berlin.
So why would someone drag themselves all the way down to Köpenick to watch a team they’ve never heard of playing in the 2.Bundesliga?

Well, firstly, there’s the stadium. As you get off the S-Bahn at Köpenick , don’t worry it’s only twenty minutes from Alexanderplatz, follow the crowd out of the right hand exit, cross the road and walk back alongside the tracks then go through the underpass and turn right into the forest, yes, the forest. Follow the track and after an hundred metres or so you will get your first sight of the Stadion An der Alten Försterei. It is likely that the stadium is more well known than the team as this is the ‘stadium the fans built’. Although outside help was needed for specialist things like the roof, while the team played at a different stadium, a couple of hundred volunteers provided the materials, cash and muscle power to re-develop the stadium. I have even heard a die-hard Dynamo fan describe it as ‘ a brilliant effort”. The stadium itself holds almost 19 000 mostly standing, which means you don’t spill the beer so much jumping out of your seat.



Secondly, the quality of the football is actually quite good and the atmosphere is second to none. Union have a decent home record and, having spent too long in the lower leagues, the fans really get behind the team. It is always difficult to compare exactly but the standard is comparable with the Championship (2nd league) in the UK. In a pre-season friendly last year they were unlucky to only draw with Middlesborough and this year they comfortably beat Heart of Midlothian. In fact you will actually be going to see, as a result of head to head games last season, Berlin’s top team. After a particularly poor season Hertha found themselves in the same division as Union who had only been promoted the season before. In the first game an early Hertha goal seemed to set them up for a comfortable victory, but constant Union pressure eventually told and an equaliser was scored in the last few minutes. In the return game at the Olympiastadion, despite conceding another early goal, Union secured victory with two superb strikes of their own. Although Hertha did secure promotion back to the Bundesliga there are some good fixtures this season including the visit of everyone’s favourite cult side St Pauli.

The owners have stated that their aim is to get Union established in the Bundesliga, so get yourself down to Köpenick this season before they become too famous. How many times will you have the opportunity to walk through a forest to a ground!
Und Niemals Vergessen – Eisern Union!

Written by Mark Beadle (An Eisern Union fan maybe!)

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Berlin Music Week – 7th to 11th September 2011

Popkomm, one the world’s biggest music industry meet-ups, and the Berlin Festival will this year form part of Berlin’s second annual Music Week event.  A date for the diaries of industry professionals and music fans alike, the occasion will include a trade fair, conference and live showcases, finishing up with a two-day festival featuring world-famous headline acts. 

Photo by Guido van Nispen, Flickr

Photo by Guido van Nispen, Flickr

Popkomm – 7th to 9th September 2011

Now in its 21st year, Popkomm will be held this year in the city’s most sought-after venue, Tempelhof airport. Within the impressive main hall and departure gates of the iconic and magnificent structure, the music industry’s key players will have the opportunity to show off their wares at the internationally renowned B2B marketplace. 

This isn’t just about buying, selling and networking. Popkomm’s conference activities make up an important part of the event, and have a focus on sharing ideas and developing creativity.  Industry experts and decision-makers will be involved in panel discussions, lectures and workshops, which aim to inform and inspire the industry’s professionals, old and new. 

After all that talking, Popkomm puts its money where its mouth is and lets the music take over. Throughout the event, bands and musicians will be performing live showcases. Due to the new link-up with the Berlin Festival, Popkomm will be placing some of the best performers on the line-up for the festival itself.  In addition, on the 7th September, finalists from the year’s New Music Award will perform at Admiralspalast for the coveted prize.

Berlin Festival – 9th and 10th September 2011

Photo by Nerotunes, Flickr

Photo by Nerotunes, Flickr

Fancy seeing Primal Scream, Suede, The Rapture, LFO, and James Blake performing in Berlin? The Berlin Festival has more big names than you ever thought possible for a ticket costing under €100. The two-day event will take place at Tempelhof airport, Club Xberg and over 30 other clubs across the city.  Tickets cost €89 and include access to all of the festival events (excluding Popkomm) as well as a public transport pass for easy movement between the venues.

With occasions as diverse as a silent disco at the Kulturbrauerei to sound and video installations at underground stations, Berlin Music Week aims to celebrate, promote and develop the city’s burgeoning music industry and reputation as a Mecca for creativity. One of the organisers, Björn Döring, said “Music and everything it involves is as diverse, varied and creative as Berlin itself. It’s not by chance that Berlin is currently the hippest and most popular city in the world. We want to do justice to all the exceptional advance praise Berlin is already garnering by collaborating with different organisers, clubs and industry people, so we can generate a musical vibe for a week that will impress and surprise people – both nationally and internationally!”

Written by Natalie Holmes

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A local’s guide to second hand shopping in Berlin

Buying second-hand and ‘upcycled’ items is a brilliant way to alleviate the modern guilt of consumerism, and Berlin is an ethical shopper’s paradise. Second-hand shopping is no longer about skint students and charity shops with dubious looking (and smelling) stock. In its current transition from ‘poor but sexy’ to something altogether more sophisticated, Berlin’s creativity and originality are thriving, its streets and markets crammed with individual and affordable must-have items. That these items aren’t brand new makes them unique, affordable and ethical – the perfect combination. Anything you could want or need is waiting for you in Berlin, maybe undera pile of junk or a layer of dust, or perhaps gleaming in an up-market shop window. Whatever the case, on every price tag there’s a bargain to be had, and behind every item a story to be told.

There are so may opportunities for every kind of second-hand shopping that it would be impossible to cover them all, so in this guide are a few of my favourites:

Nowkoelln & Kreuzboerg Flowmärkte (flea markets)

There are numerous flea markets in Berlin, all well worth a visit. These two monthly Sunday markets are particularly enjoyable for their picturesque locations (Nowkoelln along the canal at Maybachufer and Kreuzboerg in a public garden near Mortizplatz), quality of stock, live music and delicious food. The variety of items for sale is wide, including (but by no means limited to) art, music, furniture and clothing. Very much an event for the local community, prices are reasonable and avoid the tourist-driven mark-ups of places like the popular flea market at
Mauerpark. and

Jumbo Second Hand (Weinerstraße 63, Kreuzberg)

Jumbo has stock akin to today’s exclusive vintage shops in Brighton and Brick Lane, but prices reminiscent of a time before vintage became too cool to be affordable. A kaleidoscope of clothes, hats, belts and shoes can be found in this little-known gem. It’s particularly good for footwear. I bought a fantastic pair of hardy, leather winter boots that have lasted two seasons with no sign of deterioration for only €30. Recently a friend of mine picked up a stunning pair of leather high heeled boots, which stand out back in London for their unique style and quality, for just €50.

Dircksenstraße Antik- und Trödelmarkt (antique and jumble market: Alexanderplatz railway arches)

This collection of house-clearance furniture, art and bric-a-brac is nothing short of immense.Housed under six massive railway arches, you can find all manner of weird and wonderful objects. Magnificent wardrobes, 70s sofas, Bauhaus kitchen units, obscure paintings, rows of cinema chairs and church pews, stuffed animals, the list goes on… and the price range is similarly varied. This place is the perfect treasure trove for anyone seeking a unique purchase or one-off piece. From Jannowitzbrücke U Bahn, follow the railway track north on Dircksenstraße towards Alexanderplatz. The shop is just on the left past the junction with Schicklerstraße.

Humana (3 Frankfurter Tor, Friedrichshain)

Like a towering department store, Humana spans five industrial-sized floors full of over 30,000 pieces. There are clothes aplenty, along with furniture and every other conceivable household item. Rifling through the jumble will take some time, but the stock is well ordered and arranged. Prices are unbelievably cheap and all the proceeds go towards charity projects in the developing world. There are also 11 other, smaller Humana shops in Berlin.

By Guest Writer, Natalie Holmes

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Brunnenstrasse – A street of wonder in Berlin

Brunnenstrasse, strange as it may seem given its recent reputation, encapsulates much of what Berlin is about. A stroll up Brunnenstrasse will certainly give you plenty to think about, whether it be Berlin’s not always glorious past or its potentially wonderful future, as well as ample opportunity to stop and have some ice-cream.



Starting from Rosenthaler Platz you would forgiven for taking one look at the rather scruffy appearance of the buildings at that end and giving it a miss. Ten years ago that would have been a good idea as Brunnenstrasse was pretty much the road to nowhere. But around that time the thriving art scene centred around Auguststrasse started to spread north, attracted by Brunnenstrasse’s seedy reputation and low rents.

It is probably best to stay to the left side as you head up away from Rosenthaler Platz as most of the galleries and cafés are on this side in this stretch. You could pop into the café Mein Haus am See for a coffee and cake to fortify you for your walk. On the opposite side of the strasse you will see a small park which has lovely café at the top of the slope. The park and café are both mentioned in Anna Funder’s ‘Stasiland’ as she lived close by when she was researching the book. The café has a large west facing terrace which is great in summer.

view back down towards Rosentahler platz

view back down towards Rosentahler platz

As you cross the junction with Invalidenstrasse you will notice a large, empty department store on the opposite corner. Once the wall went up, cutting across Brunnenstrasse, there was no reason for traffic to go past the store.
One of the first places you will come to on your side will be possibly Berlin’s indiest indie club, the Kingkongklub. There is something happening every night with live music most weekends as well as spoken word and poetry nights. The galleries continue with the Achtzig Galerie and ZoneB prominent. It is worth crossing over to check out the Puppentheater store which not only has a wide range from finger puppets to marionettes, some of which are frankly scary, but also holds regular shows. Just back from this store you will have noticed the permanent police guard outside the Jewish Cultural Centre.

As you cross Bernauer Strasse it is worth staying to the right as you will come across the next group of galleries. Many of these are temporary exhibition spaces and change fequently. However, others, such as the West Berlin Gallery, have been there for a couple of years now.

AEG Works

Aeg Works. Photo by Mark Beadle

Continuing up past Voltastrasse you will soon come to the offices for the Landesbank Berlin on the opposite side. In the forecourt you will see part of the remains of the AEG works which formerly occupied this site.

After all that walking why not wander back a few meters and reward yourself with an ice cream at the Gelateria Manuel. Either create your own from any combination of 21 flavours or pick something from the menu. Most of these are big enough for two to share so don’t overdo it!

This is the point Brunnenstrasse has reached and it is well worth keeping an eye on it to see how it will go over the next few years. Will the galleries stay? Will the success of the galleries encourage more businesses, like the bioladen and café opposite the Jewish centre, to open up or will the council lose its nerve and allow more casinos? Who would have thought, just a few years ago, that Brunnenstrasse would become the new frontline in Berlin’s gentrification debate?

By Guest Writer Mark Beadle

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