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Friedrichshain: Residential Areas & Infrastructure

Public transport, residential areas and traffic axes in Friedrichshain: an overview of the district's infrastructure.

Residential Areas

The western part of Friedrichshain, characterized by the Stalin buildings on Karl-Marx-Allee and prefabricated concrete slab buildings, is radically different from the eastern part, which is primarily made up of old buildings. The axis Warschauer Straße-Petersburger Straße separates the two parts.

The most popular residential area for new Berliners is eastern Friedrichshain, which is itself subdivided into different neighbourhoods called "Kieze". Most of the hipster scene can be found in the Südkiez, also known as Boxhagener Kiez.


Friedrichshain is centrally located in the formerly socialist eastern part of Berlin. The Spree forms the southern border while the Ringbahn railway line makes up the eastern border.

Public Transport

Depending on where you live, the district is quite well connected to public transport. The city railway line runs through the south of the district while the Ringbahn line serves the east. There are also two underground lines: the U5 running in the west-east direction, and the U1 running from Warschauer Straße to Kreuzberg and Charlottenburg.

The Ostkreuz train station in Friedrichshain is one of the largest transfer stations in Germany, with about 100,000 commuters daily. The district is also well connected to the tram network. The most important tram line is the M10, which runs from Warschauer Straße via Prenzlauer Berg to Nordbahnhof in Mitte.

With the Ostkreuz station and the Ostbahnhof, the district has two long-distance train stations.

Traffic axes

The main axes in Friedrichshain are Karl-Marx-Allee/Frankfurter Allee, Warschauer Straße/Petersburger Straße, and Mühlenstraße/Stralauer Allee up to Köpenick.

Last edited: 18 June 2021

Portrait of Friedrichshain