Sunday, March 31, 2013

Itinerary #2 - Rosa-Luxemburg Platz

This itinerary is a bit longer and will bring you to Prenzlauer Berg up to S-Bahn Prenzlauer Allee and then down again from the hill till Rosenthaler Platz.
This is also a good bike tour.
(in the description you'll find the links to the other posts on this Blog related to the places we're going to come across).

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You can start this path from U-Bahn Rosa-Luxemburg Platz and then walk till the Soho Haus (1). This is one of my favorite buildings in Berlin, with a long story of changes, from a jewish shopping mall, to nazi's headquarters, then Central Committee for SPD, then empty space and today is a luxury hotel. It's the synthetis of Berlin.
From here you can walk on Prenzlauer Allee and pass through the Botzow Brauerei - brewery (2), which is not always open (but you can have a look from the outside anyway) - sometimes they have exhibitions here. This space has also been used as set for the film Russendisco.
You can reach the top of the small hill of the Wasserturm (3), the oldest water town in Berlin, a circular building that now is an appartments building and have some rest in the small park just behind it or have a visit to the exhibition center (there are two different entrances, at the base of the hill).
Now it's time to walk a bit from here to the Ernst Thälmann Park (4), which is not so close, but you can enjoy the way on Greifswalder strasse or you can walk through smaller streets. The park is nice and from the Thälmann statue you can go inside the park and reach directy the Carl Zeiss Planetarium (5) on the other side. Thälmann was the leader of the Communist Party of Germany during much of the Weimar Republic and was imprisoned in Buchenwald and then killed by Nazis on direct Hitler's order. The park has been built for the 750 years of Berlin.
From here the best is to walk back on the Danziger strasse and go west, passing  through the Kulturbreuerei (6), which once was a brewery complex and today has been renovated and inside you'll find different activities.
The opposite exit is not far from the Stadtbad (7), the swimming pool complex (unfortunately also this one is not always opened, but just for special events).
Our itinerary ends at the Zionkirche (8), which has its particular story of anzi-nazism and protests during the DDR period, with punk concerts and an indipendent press.

Soho Haus (1)

Botzow Brewerei (2)

Wasserturm (3)

Carl Zeiss Planetarium (5)

Ernst Thälmann Park (4)

Stadtbad (7)

Zionkirche (8)

Kulturbreuerei (6)