In the divided Berlin, Kreuzberg had a peripheral location, now it lies in the middle of it. Both Kreuzbergers and numerous visitors like to spend their time in Görlitzer Park
, Viktoriapark and at Landwehrkanal. The district takes its name from the 66-meter-high Kreuzberg in Viktoriapark.
Very popular are also the countless cafés, which can be found almost everywhere. The Graefekiez and Bergmannkiez with Bergmannstraße
, for example, offer a particularly wide range of breakfast, coffee and cake. Nevertheless, everything here is less trendy than in Prenzlauer Berg or Friedrichshain - the districts that received the most attention after reunification.
The image of Kreuzberg is still tainted with many clichés. But the district has changed a lot in many places. Kreuzberg is widely and sadly known for the May 1st riots. Today, residents and visitors celebrate May Day peacefully at the Myfest. Bergmannstrasse has become a tourist hotspot, and some residential areas are now as desirable as they are exclusive.
Despite all the changes, Kreuzberg is still one of the most multicultural parts of Berlin. Over 180 nationalities live here peacefully together and side by side.