Prenzlauer Berg: Neighborhoods in the East

Prenzlauer Berg: Neighborhoods in the East

With its concrete housing estates of the GDR era, old buildings, detached houses and new buildings, the east of Prenzlauer Berg is developing its very own charm.

  • Prenzlauer Berg - "Alter Schlachthof"© Franziska Delenk
    Otto-Ostrowski-Straße
  • Prenzlauer Berg© Franziska Delenk
    Former warehouse in the Hausbergviertel
  • Zeiss-Großplanetarium© dpa
    Zeiss Planetarium
  • Prenzlauer Berg - Blumenviertel© Franziska Delenk
    Syringenweg
  • Prenzlauer Berg - Blumenviertel© Franziska Delenk
    Stengravenweg
  • Prenzlauer Berg - Blumenviertel© Franziska Delenk
    Altenescher Weg
  • Prenzlauer Berg - Blumenviertel© Franziska Delenk
    Volkspark Prenzlauer Berg
  • Herbst 2014© dpa
    Volkspark Prenzlauer Berg
  • Rodelpiste in Berlin© dpa
    Volkspark Prenzlauer Berg
The Ernst Thälmann Park, laid out in the 1980s, was planned as a symbiosis between residential life, cultural facilities, and nature. In addition to the prefabricated concrete buildings on Greifswalder Straße, the park also houses a school, social facilities, a public swimming pool, and the Zeiss Planetarium on Prenzlauer Allee, which was inaugurated in 1987. The park itself, however, occupies the largest part of the area.

Green City and Anton-Saefkow-Park

The so-called Green City (Grüne Stadt) is located around Anton-Saefkow-Straße and the Anton Saefkow Public Park. Most of the buildings here date from the 1930s. A special feature are the many green inner courtyards in the horseshoe-shaped four-story apartment building complexes. Trees, meadows, and playgrounds in the courtyards reflect the inspiration of the garden city movement.

Conrad-Blenkle-Straße and Velodrom

The area around Conrad-Blenkle-Straße is characterized by the Velodrom and numerous new buildings with high-quality condominiums. The site that is the location of the velodrome since 1993 previously housed the Werner-Seelenbinder-Halle, which used to be one of the most important sports venues in Berlin.

Old Slaughterhouse in the Southeast of Prenzlauer Berg

Apartments for about 4500 people have been built on the site of the old slaughterhouse. Among them are townhouses and city villas as well as terraced houses and lofts. The site is divided into five areas: the Hausburgviertel on Hausburgstraße in the northwest, the Thaerviertel to the east of Thaerstrasse, Blankensteinpark in the center, and the Eldenaer Viertel and Pettenkofer Dreieck in the east. Blankensteinpark with its playground, sunbathing lawns, and the remains of the old cattle auction hall is located in the center of the new neighborhood.

Ostseestraße: Gingerbread-style Houses

In the 1920s and 1930s, housing estates with landscaped courtyards were designed on Grellstraße and Ostseestraße. In the 1950s to 1970s, these housing estates were expanded and mainly three- to five-story buildings were built. Many of them are examples of Socialist Classicism. Later, prefabricated concrete buildings were added. The neighborhood experienced another building boom in the 1990s, when caps between buildings were closed and residential buildings were built. In he center of the neighborhood lies the Ostseeplatz.

Large Housing Estate on Michelangelostraße

In the 1970s and 1980s, eleven-story residential buildings were built around Michelangelostraße, complete with trees and greened courtyards. On the large open spaces to the left and right of the road, which was kept for many years as a backup in case of the closure of the city ring road, a new housing estate with 1200 apartments is to be construction. However, completion of the construction project is not expected until 2035.

Blumenviertel: Single-Family Houses in Prenzlberg

The Blumenviertel (Flower Quarter) around Syringenplatz is built up with detached houses. At the border to Weißensee lies the 72 acre Volkspark Prenzlauer Berg. The essential part of the park is formed by a rubble mountain with a triple peak and allotment gardens.

Last edited: 16. July 2021

Portrait of Prenzlauer Berg