Your Itinerary in Friedrichshain Start your tour at the 1 FRANKFURTER ALLEE Subway Station (Line 5). Walk along Frankfurter Allee in the direction of Frankfurter Tor and turn right onto 2 PROSKAUER STRASSE. About 250 m further on you will see the listed housing complex designed by the architect Alfred Messel. Continue on Proskauer Straße. A few meters further on you will find yourself facing 3 FORCKENBECKPLATZ. Bänschstraße, directly passes by Forckenbeckplatz. Follow this promenade-like street with ist beautiful greenery until you reach 4 SAMARITERKIRCHE. Continue on Voigtstraße,
cross Frankfurter Allee and walk straight on until you
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reach Scharnweber Straße. Turn right and follow the street up to 5 MAINZER STRASSE. Walk down Mainzer Straße and turn right onto Grünberger Straße until you reach 6 BOXHAGENER
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PLATZ. A little further on you will find the cafés and pubs of the quarter that has formed around 7 SIMONDACHSTRASSE. If you like, stop for a break in one of them. Then turn left onto Krossener Straße and walk on until you reach 8 KNORRPROMENADE. Cross Wühlischstraße diagonally to get onto Gryphiusstraße at the corner of which you will see 9 HELENENHOF, a veritable urban oasis. Now walk down Holteistraße and turn left onto Revaler Straße. If you continue walking in this direction you will see 10 MODERSOHNBRÜCKE. Cross Modersohnbrücke. On Rudolfplatz turn right into Rudolfstraße and continue until you reach 11 ZWINGLIKIRCHE. Now just keep on walking on into 12 OBERBAUM CITY and end your tour with a visit to
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13 INTERSHOP 2000 on Danneckerstraße (formerly Ehrenbergstraße). More information concerning each sight can be found on the reverse side. Have lots of fun discovering Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg!
6 Boxhagener Platz
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1 Frankfurter Allee From the subway station of Frankfurter Allee the twin towers of Frankfurter Tor can be easily discerned. The listed appartment and commercial buildings as well as the towers of Frankfurter Tor were designed and constructed in 1955 – 1960 by Herrman Henselmann. Frankfurter Allee had always been known as a shopping street, and even now new stores are popping up next to those of an older design, heralding the beginnings of a structural transformation. 2 Proskauer Straße On the corner of Proskauer Straße 15 and Schreinerstraße 63-64a the architect Alfred Messel constructed a ring of five-storey appartment building, whose richly ornamented and balconied facades are reminiscent of Renaissance country houses. Messel’s design contained no rear wing houses, thus leaving ample space for a green backyard that was surrounded by 125 appartments. 3 Forckenbeckplatz The name of Forckenbeckplatz was given/bestowed in commemoration of Franz August von Forckenbeck, Lord Mayor of Berlin from 1878 to 1892. In 2000 and 2001 the square was remodeled, bearing in mind the children of the neighbourhood. A separate playground and, on the Western side, an ample lawn were constructed on the square. 4 Samariterkirche The Samaritan’s Church was constructed from 1892 to 1894 in a local version of the Gothic Revival style according to a design of Gotthilf Ludwig Möckel. With its 60 m steeple, the gables of the transept amply adorned with Gothic ornaments and its straight choir termination the church is one of the major sights of the quarter. The architect has furnished the rather sober interior with an unconventional system of vaults and buttresses, which he had patented. The church is a listed monument. 5 Mainzer Straße The corner building of number 19 is the most conspicuous construction of Mainzer Straße. It was created by the architect Otto Roeder between 1896 and 1897. Neorenaissance and Neobaroque adornments emphasize the style of the façade. On November 11, 1990 there was a violent battle between sqatters and the police when 3,000 policemen attempted to evict squatters from twelve buildings. A major part of the buildings has since been renovated and upgraded. An agglomeration of small shops and pubs convey a serene small-town atmosphere.
Boxhagener Platz is surrounded by working class quarters dating Modersohn Bridge was constructed from 1913 to 1914 by from the beginning oft he 20th century. The construction Königliche Eisenbahndirektion (the Royal Railway companies involved utiized every square inch of available space. Administrative Office). At the time its name was Until 1912 they constructed nothing but tenements for the Hohenlohebrücke. In 1951 it was renamed Modersohnbrücke working class. As a rule the housing complexes consisted of five- after the street which leads across the bridge. Due to storey, front wing, side wing and rear wing buildings with a considerable wear, in 1999 the bridge was completely dismantled and replaced by an interim pedestrian bridge. After maximum height of 22m. Each housing complex comprised several years of reconstruction works the new bridge was at least one or two interior courts with minimum dimensions of completed in 2002. Now locals as well as tourists may serenely 40 m² each. In the 1920s Boxhagener Straße 26 housed one of the enjoy one of the most beautiful sunsets in Berlin, with the largest assembly halls of the KPD (Communist Party of silhouette of Alexanderplatz vaguely behind them and the SGermany). The labor functionary and later Imperial Chancellor Bahn rumbling along beneath them. and President , Friedrich Ebert lived in the quarter from 1905 until 1909. Nowadays there is a flea market on Boxhagener Platz 11 Zwingli Kirche The church architect Jürgen Kröger signed responsible for the every sunday. constructin (1905-1908) of the Protestant Zwingli Church. The 7 Simon-Dach-Straße Early-Gothic style steeple, 76 m in altitude is adorned with Simon-Dach-Straße, on the other side of Boxhagener Straße, is gabled window tracery. After several years of conflict probably one of the most frequented café and pub areas of concerning the name of the new church, it was consecrated on Text Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg. The pub scenehier began eingeben to develop in the February 9, 1908 and named after the Swiss leader of the beginning and mid-nineties. Each of these pubs has a unique flair Reformation, Ulrich Zwingli. The parish hall adjacent to the and clientele of ist own. Ranging from small cafés to veritable church was constucted from 1927 to 1928 according to a design halls, there is something to suit every taste. by Fritz Buck. The parish hall, the church and the neighbouring appartment buildings have been declared listed. 8 Knorrpromenade On Knorrpromenade an entire block is declared listed: not only 12 Oberbaum-City the buildings as such but also the Allee, its gates its front yards. Between 1992 and 2000, the listed façades of the former Osram Since around 1912 the street carries the name of Ernst Theodor (alias NARVA) production plant were restored to the last detail Georg Knorr. The residential street street was constructed and transformed into contemporary service and commercial primarily for the personnel of the nearby Knorr- Bremse-Werke buildings. Today it is this combination of restored façades and (a factory producing brakes) where in 1900 an innovative modern interiors that makes the singular charme and character automatic compressed-air brake was developed. Neglected by the of Oberbaum-City. The Osram Tower, constructed in 1920 with GDR, the beauty of the now renovated housing complex is once its cube-shaped glass top, is considered to have been Berlin’s more apparent. „Loge“, one of the best restaurant of the district, first „highrise“. From Mai 2003 until April 2004 the 21 m tower is situated in house no. 2. Chefs from the city’s Michelin starred reflected „The Colors of Consumerism“: recycled plastic waste restaurants take turns in cooking here. Furthermore, Loge is a was sorted by colors, pulverized, melted and shaped into boards venue for exhibitions, fashion shows and theater performances. of 1m x 1m dimensions. These were fit into light boxes serving to illuminate tower’s cubic glass top in squares of different The housing complex of Helenenhof may be considered a haven colors. The area of Oberbaum-City had always been known for of wellbeing in the midst of the bustling metropolis. Located for drive and innovation, as a place for technical breakthoughs, between Sonntagstraße 17-22, Gryphiusstraße 1-8, Holteistraße where visions became reality. „The Colors of Consumerism“ 28-33 and Simplonstraße 41-51, compound in the center of may likewise be seen as reminiscent of the area’s history: as Friedrichshain is a nowadays resembles a green enclave. „Lampenstadt“ (city of lamps) it has always been a place of light Beautifully restored appartment houses grouped around a superb and luminescence. 9 Helenenhof
little court that open to the public but gives the impression of a 13 Intershop private garden. The architectural ensemble was constructed In May 2011 Intershop 2000, the „Showcase of the East“, between 1904 and 1905, as an idea of the Erich Köhn, then in moved to Dannecker Straße 8. In the GDR nostalgia shopping charge of civil servant housing construction projects in his center there are numerous authentic GDR articles of daily use as function as permanent secretary of state. The compound was well as the 80 most popular East German consumer articles, as named after the wife of the Prussian Minister of Public Works, for instance chicken-shaped plastic egg cups, nostalgiv post Helene Budde. She was, of course, present at the foundation cards, or cups and saucers bearing the „Mitropa“ logo. stone ceremony. Furthermore, there are stage props available for rent.
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