"Kreuzberg nights are long" – the popular song from the 1980s is just as relevant today as it was back then. Kreuzberg is one of the city's trendiest neighborhoods with a well-established party culture. There's nothing you could think of that you can't find here – from rustic corner pubs to chic clubs to cozy cafés and some really unique bars.
Kreuzberg's residents are just as eclectic. The neighborhood is home to people from every walk of life and ethnic background, newcomers and native Berliners, the young and the old alike. And it is precisely this mix that accounts for Kreuzberg's perennial appeal. This isn't one of the most densely populated parts of the city without good reason! Life is good in Kreuzberg. The west, with its turn of the century period buildings, and the added bonus of the park at Gleisdreieck, is the most attractive part by architectural standards: splendid houses with lavishly decorated façades are a reminder of the rich history of this area. The quiet side streets are still paved with cobblestones, lending a charming nostalgic air. The popular area for afternoon strolls, Bergmannkiez, known to the locals as "Kreuzberg's Ku'damm" delights with its many street cafés, restaurants, and little shops.
The western part, “Kreuzberg 61" (a name taken from the area’s pre-1993 zip code), also has a peaceful, green side. Bordering the Hasenheide park to the south, and the disused airfield Tempelhofer Feld, you don't have to go far to find the celebrated local recreation areas. Both young and old congregate here, with entire family celebrations being held outdoors in the fresh air.
The area to the north of the Landwehrkanal has an exciting, wild reputation: the area commonly known as "SO 36" (again, on account of the zip code). Things are very lively between Moritzplatz and Görlitzer Park, and not just during the May Day celebrations. In Oranienstrasse at any rate, there's always something new to discover and experience and it's the best place to enjoy the nightlife. Anyone who loves the hustle and bustle of vibrant city life will be happy in SO 36.
Anyone who ever wants to leave Kreuzberg, for whatever reason, is spoiled by the amount of options offered! Various subway and bus routes, as well as a suburban rail line, provide excellent transport links to the rest of Berlin. Subway line 1 runs on Berlin's oldest subway line, and while the name "underground railway" suggests the opposite, large parts of the track are, in fact, above ground.
Excellent transport links also mean that many people also come to Kreuzberg to visit Germany's most popular Döner kebab stand – Mustafas Gemüsekebap – where it’s not unusual to queue for three hours! But this too, is what sets Kreuzberg apart – it really is a great place to live, even if you sometimes end up waiting on the street.