Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg is one of the boroughs of the German capital, Berlin. Is was before two distinct areas, Friedrichshain in East Germany and Kreuzberg in West Germany. The borough was formed by the merging of these two distinct areas in 2001. The two areas have distinct characters. Kreuzberg has a large number of immigrants and a strong counterculture tradition while the number of non-German citizens in Friedrichshain is lower and the average age of its population is higher. The alternative culture of Kreuzberg in particular means that this area is unique in all the German boroughs in that they voted to elect the only Green Party Candidate to be elected to the Bundestag by voters within the city.
Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg is disected by the river Spree. The two halves are connected by the Oberbaum Bridge, which has been adopted as a symbol of the borough. This bridge was originally built as part of the boundary of the municipal area with its rural surroundings – an excise wall was built in 1732. The name of the bridge comes from the huge heavy tree truck which was covered in metal spikes and used to block the river during the night and prevent smugglers. The bridge in its current form, greatly modified from the original wooden structure, opened in 1896. During the cold war this was a pedestrian crossing of the border between East and West Germany. Today, this is a double decker bridge and an important symbol of the unity of the city. The lower section of the bridge is a roadway connecting Oberbaum Strasse and Warschauer Strasse and the upper section is used by the Berlin U-Bahn. The bridge features heavily in the popular German film ‘Run Lola Run’. Every year the citizens of the two districts it connects come together for crazy vegetable fight on the bridge.
There are plenty of places to stay in Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg – here are some of the hotels in this borough:
Four Star Hotels:
There are at present no 5 star hotels in this borough. However, there are a number of four star establishments.
Upstalsboom Hotel Friedrichshain: Offering Frisian hospitality in the heart of the city, this hotel is in the heart of this vibrant and innovative district. The O2 Arena and the East Side Gallery are nearby and the hotel is well connected by public transport to the city’s many attractions.
Zarenhof Berlin Friedrichshain: This hotel is another well placed for major events in the O2 Arena or anywhere in this borough. The warmly decorated rooms here are popular with tourists and business people alike. You can get from this hotel to the historic city centre in only a few minutes on the U-bahn.
InterCity Hotel Berlin Ostbahnhof: This hotel is conveniently located right at the Ostbahnhof, which means it is very easy to travel from here to see all the city’s main attractions. The O2 arena is only 300m from the hotel and the East Side Gallery is right there.
NH Berlin Alexanderplatz: By this hotel on Alexanderplatz you will find the Berlin TV Tower and the Alexa Shopping Centre or can relax in the green oasis of the Volkspark Friedrichshain. Public transport options are also within easy walking distance and can whisk you off all around the city.
nhow Berlin: This hotel opened in 2010. It is the first music-hotel in Europe, with a trendy and exclusive interplay of music, luxurious design and elegance. Nearby are many music venues, designer shops and cool clubs to enjoy.
Three Star Hotels:
Gold Hotel am Wismarplatz: The Wismarplatz is close to the famous Alexanderplatz, a relaxed space shielded away from the traffic noise, the hustle and bustle, and yet close to the action. The Gold Hotel is a comfortable and convenient place to stay.
Almodovar Hotel: This design hotel is Berlin’s first vegetarian Biohotel. The comfortable and modern rooms kitted out in natural materials make for a good night’s sleep while your food needs will be catered for in the organic, vegetarian kitchen.
Arcadia Hotel Berlin: A relaxing wellness hotel in the heart of the capital, the Arcadia offers a well-connected place from which to explore the many and varied delights of the city. All the main sights of Friedrichshain and the city are within easy reach.
Berliner City Pension: This is an affordable accommodation option which offers traditional Berlin accommodation in the old style, with quick and easy access to the centre of the city. Rooms are rustic and comfortingly familiar.
Two or One Star Hotels:
All In Hostel/Hotel Berlin: This modern, budget accommodation option is right at the heart of this trendy and artistsic district, surrounded by fashionable venues and shops, places to party and purchase the latest hot designer things.
Art-Hostel Berlin City: This quirky, artistic hostel is well-connected with transport links to the trendy nearby areas and to the central attractions of Berlin. The U and S-bahns are both situated close by.
Ibis Berlin Ostbahnhof: This hotel is situated directly on the River Spree. It is very close to the Ostbahnhof and so well-connected to the attractions of the city. The hotel has a bar, air-conditioned rooms and underground parking.
Ibis Budget Berlin Alexanderplatz: Located just 500 from famous Alexanderplatz, this budget accommodation option opened in 2010. It has new design in all the basic but comfortable rooms.
Industriepalast Hostel: This hotel in an old brick building is just a few minutes from the River Spree and the Oberbaum Bridge and not far from transport links nor from the other main attractions of this borough.
Pegasus Hostel: True Berlin atmosphere is to be found here at a reasonable price in this welcoming hostel. Here you can enjoy comfortable though basic accommodation in a building redolent with history that used to be a Jewish girls’ school.
This is a cool and trendy area in which to stay during your time in Berlin, with excellent transport links to other districts and plenty to see and do within it as well. Artistic and creative, this borough is definitely an exciting place to stay for business or pleasure.