Graefekiez in Berlin: Explore the Kreuzberg neighbourhood
Graefekiez: A district with something for everybody
Graefekiez is a trendy district known for its lively streets surrounding numerous boutiques, cafes, pubs, restaurants, and shops. It also hosts two of the city's biggest festivals, Ertser Mai and Karneval der Kulturen. There are many places to go out in the neighbourhood, such as the Maybachufer or the Admiralbrücke, idyllic places like the Wrangelbrunnen and many parks like the Volkspark Hasenheide, the Böcklerpark or the Landwehrkanal. The area is particularly well-served by public transport: Schönleinstraße (U8) and Südstern (U7) are in the immediate vicinity. You can reach Alexanderplatz in just 10 to 15 minutes.
Discover cosmopolitan Graefekiez and Graefestrasse
During the evenings, the area around Graefestrasse paints a charming scene of Berlin at its best. The Admiralbrücke Bridge is crowded with people eating pizza from the nearby Italian restaurant and sipping local beer. What could be better than spending a balmy summer night here, listening to live music and enjoying the atmosphere with other Berliners? The Kreuzberg neighborhood is home to a plethora of small shops, bars, cafés and restaurants. Graefestrasse also refers to the neighbourhood Graefekiez, limited by the Kottbuser Damm, Hasenheide, the Urban hospital complex and Planufer. One thing is for sure, Graefestrasse is always worth a detour.
Local delights in Kreuzberg
Urbanhafen is a famous state park and waterway. There is no better place in Berlin for chilling by the waterfront and admiring the boats and graceful swans than Urbanhafen. Hohenstaufenplatz is another popular area. Every Tuesday and Saturday, Hohenstaufenplatz is the location of a small organic market between Dieffenbachstrasse and Schönleinstrasse in Berlin-Kreuzberg. On the so-called Zickenplatz, fresh, local products such as fruit and vegetables and honey from organic production are sold. A vegetarian and vegan snack menu is available.
Ideal for beatniks and families alike
Graefekiez is a place where hipsters meet well-heeled families; Berlin street charm meets the middle classes. In the immediate environs, you will find all kinds of shops for your daily needs. In addition, the area is known for its closeness to Maybachufer, cafés, restaurants, and art galleries. At the weekend, people stroll along the canal flea market and enjoy an after-work beer at the “Ankerklause”. If you want to get to know other districts of Kreuzberg, the area is well served by public transport. The western side of Kreuzberg (Bergmannkiez) is generally beautiful, with many trees and old buildings. It has a slightly bourgeois feel, but with good restaurants and food shopping possibilities. The Graefekiez is a gentrified neighbourhood of lovely buildings north of Sudstern U-Bahn and West of Schoenleinstrasse and south of the canal.mLike many of Berlin’s coolest neighbourhoods, Kreuzberg was once the region for immigrants, then squatters, then artists and students, and is now supported by a much richer crowd at a breathtaking pace. Its multicultural, all-rounder atmosphere has made it a hub of nightlife while fabulous parks and ever-changing cafes and restaurants keep buzzing during the day.
Employment opportunities in Germany's crypto-capital
Berlin is rapidly becoming a centre of the blockchain scene, and Graefekiez – set within Kreuzberg – is a tech centre, with many start-ups thriving in the district. Many of the bars in the Graefekiez even take Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies as payment. Though gentrification has affected this neighbourhood, there are still places to experience the beatnik atmosphere. Admiral Bridge is a famous meeting point for artists, musicians, and cultural types, and a popular local picnic destination in the summer.
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