The Prenzlauer Berg Borough for TouristsThis borough, which is in fact a part of another borough, Pankow, has 144,000 young residents. This is a very fashionable borough. There are many hotels and hostels here, which is not a coincidence. It is very close to city center. Berliners don’t always appreciate this area, and many nickname this area “baby housing’ (because this borough has the highest birth rates in Berlin) and also the “Bourgeois District” because according to them it's expensive and boring. But it’s interesting that the beautiful buildings, the quiet and the cleanliness are what make the area the most liked by tourists.
You can enjoy here hopping through difference cafes, stops at boutique stores and shopping tours, second hand retro-style furniture stores, and eating at fantastic local restaurants and bars.
The borough is full of young families with children arriving from all across Berlin, along the original East Berliners. They live in buildings with about 30-40 apartments each. The earnings of the residents here are the highest in Berlin.
Truth is, originally the architects did not want to build buildings that were adjacent to one another, but they did not succeed with this because of growing population numbers and the rise in local real estate.
It is recommended to travel around here by foot or bike, both popular mode of transportations in the area. You can see here many bike lane, and where there aren’t any – enlargements of streets to fits this style of commute. You can rent bikes at local bike shops or different locations in the city.
The Borough in HistoryIf you were wondering about the difficult name,Prenzlauer Berg
is named after the main street leading from North-West Berlin towards the city Prenzlau. Most of the residents that originally lived here were intellectuals, artists, and students.
Not by accident did this place make it through World War II. It was mostly populated by poor workers, as opposed to other areas where military and governmental leaders were living, and was therefore not an important bombing site.
Right after the fall of the Berlin Wall many young people came here because of the low real estate prices, and its proximity to the city center.
The area underwent a massive renovation – houses that were previously heated by coal stoves and without bathrooms and were renovated and all modern systems were implemented.
In 2001, the "neighborhood reform" occurred here, Prenzlauer Berg was reunited with Pankow and Oiisenza neighborhoods. Many of the residents are still not used to the change, and they still use the old names and not the new, unified, and "Pankow/" name.
In the 2000’s tourists began to find a lot of interest in the area, and is considered even by locals a popular location. The local resident tend to be ‘hipsters,’ and young families with creative and free professions.
What is there to See in the Borough?A few spots you don’t want to miss: the old water tower, Kollwitz Square (Kollwitzplatz), Chestnut Avenue (Kastanienallee), The Prater Beer House (Prater biergarten), the Jewish Cemetery at Schonahauser Avenue (Schönhauser Allee), and the old microbrewery that was repurposed as a culture brewery (Kulturbrauerei).
At Kollwitz Square and the Helmholtz (Helmholzplatz) are held weekly markets and at the Chestnut Avenue (Kastanienallee) there is action during all hours of the day.