During the GDR, Friedrichshain was a working-class, industrial district. These days, more and more families and creative people are moving to Friedrichshain and the district has quickly become one of the trendiest and most attractive residential areas in Berlin. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, students, artists, punks and alternatives shaped the cityscape of Friedrichshain. Then there was construction, renovation and change. Today, the district is a sought-after residential area for people with a little more money to spend.

A Family district as well as an epicenter of the Berlin techno and nightlife scene, tourists flock to this part of the city. The infrastructure is correspondingly good. Innumerable shops, restaurants, cafés and cultural centers give residents and visitors the opportunity to spend relaxed or exciting evenings, depending on their preferences. Amidst all the change, Friedrichshain has retained its special charm. Lively and organic, its neighborhoods are constantly evolving and still a bit rough around the edges.

The Volkspark Friedrichshain at the northern tip of the district is especially popular with young families. In the south, the boundaries of the district extend as far as Stralau. This part of the district has been almost completely redeveloped in recent years, now featuring mainly new condominiums and apartment buildings. Partygoers and tourists mainly flock to the around Warschauer Brücke and the RAW area while Boxhagener Platz is a hotspot for locals enjoying a drink al fresco.

Portrait of Friedrichshain

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Boxhagener Kiez

With its nightclubs, organic food stores, gentrification and squatters, the Boxhagener Kiez is reminiscent of what Kreuzberg was 20 years ago. more

Friedrichshain - Samariterkiez
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The neighborhood is a mosaic of old and new buildings. Some colorful houses from the squatter era still remain. more

Friedrichshain - Rudolfkiez
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Stralauer Kiez

Located between Kreuzberg and the more lively part of Friedrichshain, the Stralauer Kiez has many new buildings with a view of the water. However, a lot of beautiful old buildings still remain. more

Karl-Marx-Allee in Berlin
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Around Karl-Marx-Allee

Stalinist neo-classicism and a certain Moscow flair characterize the monumental Karl-Marx-Allee between Strausberger Platz and Frankfurter Tor. more

Photos of Friedrichshain:

  • Hitze in der Stadt© dpa
  • Volkspark Friedrichshain©
    Volkspark Friedrichshain
  • East Side Gallery© picture-alliance/ dpa
    East Side Gallery
  • Karl-Marx-Allee Berlin© Nigel's Europe/ Creative Commons
  • Oberbaumbrücke© dpa