The Mercedes-Platz in the new city complex along the East Side Gallery.
In addition to leisure facilities such as cinemas, bowling alleys, event arenas, restaurants and shops, the new Mercedes-Platz near river Spree boasts offices and hotels. Green outdoor areas and fountains contrast nicely with the surrounding buildings and invite visitors to relax in the open air.
Thanks to its central location in Friedrichshain, a visit to Mercedes-Platz is easily done. The square can be reached by bus, train and even by boat. Even though promenaders and shopping enthusiasts have lots to see and do already near East Side Gallery, Mercedes-Platz is not yet complete. By 2021, a 140 metre high office tower will be built - the East Side Tower.
Shopping at the East Side Mall
Another highlight of Mercedes-Platz is the East Side Mall, a brand new shopping centre. It was opened to the public in October 2018. It features around 110 stores, including H&M, Weekday, Vincent Vegan, Saturn, Uniqlo, Bershka, Granit, Thalia, a supermarket, drugstores, takeaways and services.
River cruises from the pier near Mercedes-Platz
Due to its central location, the Mercedes-Platz is the perfect starting point for a boat trip on the Spree and through Berlin's city centre. Numerous tours are available for tourists and Berliners from the pier at East Side Gallery. The river cruises take between 1.5 and 4 hours to complete. From the boat, passengers can discover the capital from a new angle.
In the two arenas at Mercedes-Platz, a total of 21,000 people can enjoy concerts, shows or sports events. The Mercedes-Benz Arena welcomes around 1.3 million visitors every year. The first band to play there was Metallica. It was home to the MTV Europe Music Awards and concerts by Sting, Kylie Minogue, Bob Dylan and Mark Knopfler, Depeche Mode, Adele and others. The Verti Music Hall, named after an insurance company, only opened in October 2018.
Restaurants and bars
If you need refreshments after an intensive shopping spree, bowling game or a long walk, you will find snacks, drinks and warm meals at the numerous restaurants, snack stands and bars at and around Mercedes Platz. The food court at the East Side Mall offers a wide variety of foods, too. The two rooftop bars 260 Grad and Gallery Bar offer a very special view from above.
History of the area
The Mercedes Platz was built were the industrial estate of Ostgüterbahnhof used to be. In addition to railway tracks and storage sheds, it featured a petrol station, a car paint shop and a concrete factory. With the conversion and reorientation of the site, another industrial wasteland in the centre of Berlin became a hotspot for entertainment and urban life.