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SO 36

  • Kottbusser Tor

    Kottbusser Tor

  • Kottbusser Tor

    Kottbusser Tor by night

  • Landwehrkanal (3)


  • Rio-Reiser-Platz


  • Alternativer Kreuzberger CSD

    Alternative Christopher Street Day at Mariannenplatz

  • Kreuzberg - SO 36


  • Kreuzberg - SO 36


  • Karneval der Kulturen - Kinderfest

    Children's Carnival of Cultures at Görlitzer Park

  • Görlitzer Park

    Görlitzer Park

  • Oranienstraße in October


In the southeast of Kreuzberg was the center of the alternative movement and squatter scene in the 1970s and 1980s. Today SO 36 is considered the multicultural centre of Kreuzberg.

SO 36 is the old name for the postal delivery district Südost 36, which included the Kreuzberg part and parts of Alt-Treptow and Mitte. Today, Berlin SO 36 is bordered by Landwehrkanal and the former Luisenstädtischer Kanal.

Kottbusser Tor

The traffic junction of Kreuzberg is the Kottbusser Tor, also called "Kotti" by the locals. The square is mainly characterized by the NKZ (Neues Kreuzberger Zentrum) in the north, a high-rise building built in the 1970s that spans Adalbertstraße. The square in the heart of Kreuzberg is the starting point for pub crawls, a meeting point and social hot spot at the same time. The Kotti is a very international place: the area is considered the heart of multicultural Kreuzberg.


The situation is similar at Wassertorplatz, especially in the southern part, which is almost completely dominated by new buildings. This is where the Luisenstädtischer Kanal (Luisenstädtischer Kanal), which has since been filled in, once started its course. Today it is a listed green area with a pond, sculptures and a garden bridge. Some of the old Gründerzeit buildings on the square remind us of the former upper middle-class flair.


Further south is the Paul-Lincke-Ufer with a multitude of small beer gardens and green belts to the Landwehrkanal. Here there is a boules court, which is very popular in summer, as well as a public playground. The area is popular for living, the rents are still comparatively cheap. The former transformer station now houses media companies, exhibitions, fine dining and an event area.


The area around Oranienstraße, the most important and oldest shopping street in Kreuzberg, is very well known. It is home to many pubs, cafés and shops, with old buildings from the Gründerzeit, which are listed as historical monuments. Likewise, the nearby Heinrichplatz has numerous kitchen restaurants and traditional cafés and pubs.


Not far from here is Mariannenplatz with the Künstlerhaus Bethanien. The building is a former hospital, made famous by the occupation of an outbuilding, the Georg-von-Rauch-Haus. The large square has a park-like character with a lawn for sunbathing and an open-air stage where street festivals and the like are held.

Lausitzer Platz and Görlitzer Park

The nearby Lausitzer Platz is dominated by the Emmauskirche, which until the Second World War was the second largest church in Berlin after the Berliner Dom. Here there are regular street festivals and markets, such as an organic market every Friday. Right next door is the Görlitzer Park, also called "Görli". With its sunbathing areas, playgrounds and sports fields, the green area is a popular local recreation area.


On the other side of Görlitz Park is the Wrangelkiez, the easternmost district of Kreuzberg. This is a Wilhelminian-era, densely populated residential area - and an up-and-coming scene area thanks to the settlement of clubs, bars, artists' agencies and international restaurants. Most of the residential streets are traffic calmed and many backyards are greened.

Last edited: 4 September 2023