SO 36

SO 36

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.

  • Kreuzberg - SO 36© Franziska Delenk
    Kottbusser Tor
  • Kottbusser Tor© dpa
    Kottbusser Tor
  • Kreuzberg - SO 36© Franziska Delenk
    Paul-Lincke-Ufer
  • Kreuzberg - SO 36© Franziska Delenk
    Heinrichplatz
  • Kreuzberg - SO 36© Franziska Delenk
    Oranienstraße
  • Kreuzberg - SO 36© Franziska Delenk
    Wrangelstraße
  • Kreuzberg - SO 36© Franziska Delenk
    Wrangelstraße
  • Kreuzberg - Nordwesten© Georg Slickers / Creative Commons
    Engeldamm
  • Kinderbauernhof im Görlitzer Park, Berlin© dpa
    Tim aus Berlin füttert die Schafe im Kinderbauernhof im Görli.
  • Görlitzer Park© dpa
    Görlitzer Park

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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.

Wassertorplatz

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.

Paul-Lincke-Ufer

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.

Oranienstraße

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.

Mariannenplatz

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.

Wrangelkiez

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: 12. June 2020