In the west of Kreuzberg and thus in the heart of the capital lies a fascinating little area. While other districts popular with tourists are often avoided by Berliners, this cultural and culinary hotspot attracts everyone with its reputation. Here, locals and visitors alike come together to enjoy a variety of possibilities: Welcome to Bergmannkiez.
Bergmannkiez is located between Gneisenaustrasse, Mehringdamm and Fidicinstrasse. With its abundance of Gründerzeit buildings, it paints a rare picture in Berlin. Unlike many other areas, most of the houses here were spared during the Second World War. Favoured by the reworking of many facades, this results in one of the most beautiful residential areas in the city. Not only is it easy on the eyes: the district offers a wide range of leisure activities, making Bergmannkiez a Mecca for everyone who wants to experience the best of what Berlin has to offer.
Thus not only tourists make a pilgrimage to the Bergmannkiez, but also curious people from Mitte, Pankow, Treptow-Köpenick and the like. This part of Kreuzberg is inhabited by more of a middle-class, artistic-intellectual demographic who frequent the area’s many small theatres, junk shops, and the market hall. Every Saturday, sustainable shoppers browse regional and environmentally-friendly goods at the Eco-market on Chamissoplatz. In summer you can eat, drink, and dance in the streets at the Karneval der Kulturen and Bergmannstrassenfest. No one is an outsider in Bergmannkiez: visitors and locals mingle together and shape the area’s unique identity.
You might see 50 people waiting in line outside a kebab shop on Mehringdamm, but keep walking and you will find a broad culinary selection, such as köfte, sushi, or pho. After dinner, you’re faced with a choice: a nightcap in a cozy pub, a few rounds of pool in the most famous punk bar of the city, or dance the night away to live music in the Indie club next door. Wherever the night takes you, you’re sure to come across people from all walks of life.
If you need a break from the hustle and bustle, there are many possibilities around the neighbourhood. In Gleisdreieck you’ll find one of Berlin’s most famous skateparks, where you can watch the professionals catch serious air or work on your own tricks. The Tempelhofer Feld has everything the big city otherwise lacks: green meadows, fresh air and plenty of wide-open space. If that’s too flat for you, try climbing the Kreuzberg in Viktoriapark, and you’ll be rewarded with a stunning view of waterfalls and the city at your feet. There is truly something for everyone here at Bergmannkiez, making it one of Berlin’s most beloved districts.