The Myth of Warschauer Straße
Famous and notorious, a center of party life, the beginning and end of many great nights in the capital: Warschauer Straße. At the south end of the boulevard you find our Industriepalast Hostel – high time, therefore, for a close look at one of the most famous streets in Berlin.
Between Frankfurter Tor and Oberbaumbrücke. where Friedrichshain meets the Spree river, lie one and a half kilometers of east Berlin’s legend. Those who stroll around the old buildings, streetfood corners and bars find it hard to imagine that 150 years ago no urban life was happening here. Only when Berlin turned into a modern metropolis around 1900, Warschauer Straße became an important traffic axis between the blossoming boroughs Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain. Berlin’s first subway line, nowadays the U1, started here and the city’s most famous bridge – the Oberbaumbrücke – became the symbol of a modern cosmopolitan city.
While the northern end is coined by apartments and small shops, the famous Industriepalast, a complex of six-story industrial and factory buildings with high ceilings, storage space and an underground railroad freight terminal, was built at the southern end, right opposite to the subway station. Soon after World War II the nightlife found its way to the area: in the former factory rooms the Palais of the East, one of the largest entertainment establishments in the German Democratic Republic, opened here. After the German Reunification the entire complex was thoroughly modernized and houses now among other things our Industriepalast Hostel.
Today Warschauer Straße is on everyone’s lips mainly as the center of Berlin nightlife. Every night, especially on the weekend, tens of thousands leave the trains here on their way to the clubs and bars in the area. The well-known RAW-Area and its numerous clubs with steampunk flair, the party mile Simon-Dach-Straße and famous techno clubs like Berghain are just a stone’s throw away. So whoever wants to go partying in Friedrichshain meets up here on Warschauer Brücke, for when the sun slowly goes down behind the TV Tower, the capital’s best nights are about to begin.
But also during the day Warschauer Straße has a lot to offer; after all it’s the gate to the trendy borough Friedrichshain. Amazing street food, surprising subcultures, street art and fly-pitchers, everything mingles to the sounds of catchy or melancholic buskers. Warschauer Straße is the perfect starting point for extensive tours: maybe to the East Side Gallery right on the riverside of Spree? Or to the labyrinth of vintage stores, boutiques and cute cafés around Boxhagener Platz? At Industriepalast Hostel you are right on Warschauer Straße – right where it all happens.
Have heaps of fun on Berlin’s trendiest street,
Blogger at Industriepalast Hostel