Some time ago, we developed a 90-minute bike-tour around the hip districts of Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain together with VisitBerlin. This tour is perfect to explore the colorful and alternative Berlin all around our hostel. To show you how the area around Industriepalast hostel looks, I grabbed my camera and bike and did the tour myself. Today, I’ll take you on this small tour around the hood.
If you also feel like cycling around the city, you can download the tour as a PDF file here. And if you don’t have your own bike, don’t worry: you can rent one here at our hostel for only 10€ per day.
Have fun and let’s get it rolling:
The cycling tour starts at our Industriepalast Hostel at “Warschauer Straße”. First, we go right in the direction of Kreuzberg until we reach “Mühlenstraße” where we turn right again. On the other side of the street you see the East Side Gallery.
The East Side Gallery at the former Berlin Wall is the world’s longest open air gallery. On 1316 meters of wall, more than 100 artists commented on the political changes of the years 1989/1990. So, it’s definitely worth changing the side of street and taking a look at the art works.
Back again at the other side of the street, you’ll see the huge modern O2 World where stars like Beyoncé or Justin Timberlake give concerts regularly. We’re staying at Mühlenstraße until we reach the bridge „Schillingbrücke“ which we’ll cross.
We’re going straight on at the “Engeldamm” until we reach “Michaelkirchplatz” in front of the Sankt-Michael church (we’re not talking about the first church you’ll pass right after the bridge). When we arrive at the St. Michael church, we ride further and turn left into “Legiendamm”.
To your left, you now see the beautiful “Engelbecken” – a small park area with a lake and rose garden. Here, you should definitely get off your bike and take a walk through the park. Best is, if you stroll along the gravel walk under the bridges – in the past, a canal was flowing at this magical place.
Back on Legiendamm, we’re going further until „Waldemarstraße“ where we turn left. Soon, you’ll see “Mariannenplatz” on your left – which is where we turn left again.
The Mariannenplatz is a big park-like square with a huge lawn. If you need a small break, you can stop here to lie in the sun.
At Mariannenplatz, the „Künstlerhaus Bethanien“ is located – a former hospital which was squatted in 1971. Today, it contains a cultural center with galleries and work places for artists. At the café-restaurant “3 Schwestern” in the Künstlerhaus, you can get “fine food and primitive Rock’n’Roll” to recharge your batteries.
At the end of Mariannenplatz, you’ll see the beautiful St.Thomas Kirche made of red bricks.
Moving on, we’re turning right into „Wrangelstraße“ and afterwards riding through the stunning quarter „Wrangelkiez“. Before the fall of the Berlin wall, this part of Berlin was quite deserted; but afterwards it slowly turned into a main cultural area of Kreuzberg. Soon, you’ll reach “Pücklerstraße” where we turn right. From there, we turn right again into Waldemarstraße and turn left soon after into “Manteuffelstraße” until we reach “Oranienstraße”
The colourful „Oranienstraße“ is one of the most popular streets in Kreuzberg and is packed with shops, restaurants, bars, pubs and clubs – like for instance the legendary SO 36. Right at the corner to Oranienstraße, you’ll see the nice bistro-bar “Bateau Ivre” where you can get good coffee and yummy food.
We’ll ride further along the lively Oranienstraße until “Oranienplatz” where we turn left and left again into “Dresdener Straße”. Here, you’ll see the back side of the new building “Kreuzberger Zentrum” at “Kottbusser Tor”. The Kottbusser Tor, also called “Kotti”, is a very busy, square-like crossing where you can really feel the multi-culti atmosphere of Kreuzberg.
We’re cycling around the roundabout until we reach „Reichenberger Straße“ where we turn right. Also here, you find loads of homey cafés and bars for a drink in the afternoon or evening. Soon after, we turn left into the “Lausitzer Straße” and right into „Wiener Straße“.
To your left side, you’ll soon see “Görlitzer Park” – a former train station which is now used as a park and is full of people, music and barbeque parties in summer. We are riding further on Wiener Straße until “Glogauer Straße” where we turn left and go straight through the park.
On the other side of the park, we reach „Falckenstreinstraße“. Here, you will see many small and creative shops and cafés where you could take some time to stroll around. For instance, the cute shop “ebertundweber” sells books and post cards of small publishing houses.
Soon after, we will get to the famous bridge „Oberbaumbrücke“ which connects the districts of Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain. Here, you should definitely get out your camera and take a quick photo stop because of the fantastic views on the Spree River and Berlin’s skyline. Now, we just have to cross the bridge and go further on “Warschauer Straße“. On the left, you will soon see our Industriepalast hostel where you can grab a beer or coffee after this exciting trip.
I hope you enjoyed this small photo tour and are now motivated to take your bike to do the tour yourself.
See you soon!
Blogger and receptionist at Industriepalast
is Berliner by choice and a passionate backpacker himself. As a receptionist he knows the real hostel life; as a blogger he's been writing for Industriepalast Hostel's Berlin blog since 2014.