Being cultural in Schöneberg, Friedrichshain & Kreuzberg
You will find several markets in Berlin – one of the famous ones is the local one at Winterfeld Platz. It’s obvious to see, that it is a local market, because you cannot avoid to notice that the Germans’ are shopping a lot of fruit, vegs, meat, fish etc. We saw some really long lines while we were there.
The atmosphere was so so nice – strolling around all the cute stands. We would recommend others to visit the market with a huge appetite. We just ate a big breakfast, so unfortunately we did not have room left for all the delicacies.
In Friedrichstain you can really explore the cultural side of Berlin like the beautiful East Side Gallery at Mühlenstraße. East Side Gallery is not a gallery as such, but the remainding part of the Berlin wall. At one side you will find mural paintings made by artist, and graffiti on the other side. The wall is around 1 km long and really beautiful. You really get a “feel of Berlin” walking along the wall. For us graffiti, underground and art is SO Berlin – it took us some time to get the Berlin vibe, but visiting Friedrichstain made it for us.
Visiting the wall is definitely a “bucket list” experience.
At The Bird burger joint in Prenzlauer-Berg we talked to one of the waiters who recommended us to explore the street Simon Dach Straße if we wanted to experience the local Berlin – and that was exactly what we wanted to do so. So we went there and we found the Berlin, we had been looking for. There street was plastered with many cute cafés and also the German “version” of Copenhagen’s Christiania near Revaler street, where we found a market and a true Berlin underground spot.
Café homemade, Simon Dach Straße.
Market and underground spot – reminding us about Christiania in Copenhagen.
In the Kreuzberg neighboorhood you’ll find Berlinische Galerie, where we stopped by on our last day. The gallery contains contemporary art from the middle of the 20th century up until today. It was raining cats and dogs when we visited the gallery and we had actually planned for going shopping, but since it was Sunday all the stores were closed and we therefore needed to change our plans (emember – do not plan shopping on a sunday in Berlin). We therefore ended up with a cultural visit to a well renowned gallery in Berlin.
The gallery was hard to find, but we made it there after asking the locals for guidance. Berlinische Galerie is placed in an area with a lot of museums and galleries, so if you fancy those things – you could visit a lot of them on the same day.
At the ground floor we found paintings, installations, “books, and sculptures from French Dorothy Iannone.
The collection was dominated by sexuality and her great love, Dieter, which was portrayed in almost every piece of art.
The stairs in the gallery was a piece of art by itself.
At the first floor there were a lot of small exhibitions with different artists. The style was more contemporary and abstract than Dorothy Iannone’s work.
After the visit we headed towards the airport Schönefeld (SFX), which is about 45-60 min. from the city center. We had hoped to be able to do some shopping there, but don’t put your expectations to high – it’s mostly duty-free shops you’ll find there ; -)
We hope some of you out there will find our tips and experiences useful. If you haven’t been in Berlin before, then we can highly recommend to do a little research before getting on a plane. You will get so much out of your trip by doing so, because Berlin is a big city, and it is so easy to get astray. You can e.g. use the momondo places app, which besides containing a map, adresses, and photos also has some good descriptions of coffee shops to restaurants, galleries, liquorice shops, markets, shopping and everything in between. We made use of the app, Instagram-friends’ recommendations and the airplane magazine.