The area is full of flea markets, odd stores and urban artist projects. There is also a local Turkish market, open on Tuesdays and Fridays, located at the entrance of the alleyway. Here you can buy fruits and vegetables, desserts, clothing and jewelry.
At the North end of the borough you can see Checkpoint Charlie, where the entire square is full of historic attractions that make it a popular tourist destination.
The quarter became inaccessible and closed off, what resulted in its lowered popularity. With that, rent control was put in place to help the area regain its prestige, and prevented landlords from caring enough to take care of their properties. The borough became a poor and neglected area that many immigrants started moving in here from Turkey, Pakistan, as well as squatters.
When the Berlin Wall finally fell, this area received the much needed care it deserved. It became one of the central popular areas in the city. The government put its weight behind it and invested a large sum of money in the quarter. Real estate prices started to rise, and the local community improved.
Inside large portions of the quarter, among them also the small streets, one can walk along and see many buildings from the end of the 19th century, today very expensive. Adding to the feeling of wealth are the local coffee boutiques, art galleries, and industrial lofts that today are offices for startup companies. Rent here can get as high as 15 euros per square meter, and selling price up to 3,500 euros for square meter.
You can begin from the historic landmarks such as Checkpoint Charlie, the crossroad between East and West Berlin. At the checkpoint is a museum that transcribes that history of the Berlin Wall and the escape attempts of the people, there is a Jewish Museum and Technological Museum.
If you can to take a short rest, Victory Park with a view at the top of the hill, will do the trick. Another gorgeous park is the Gorlitzer Park, where many free concerts and events are held.
The quarter is packed with street performers and artists, and the night life here can provide many hours of entertainment. You can go to any of the many techno and house music clubs, like Watergate, Prince Charles, club SO36, the legendary concert hall, and more. Another popular bar is located on the banks of the river Spree, adjacent to the borough, the Berghain, it has a large swimming pool located right on the water.