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City breaks in Berlin

Friedrichshain Berlin Guide

Friedrichshain is an area that was well and truly in the Russian controlled sector of Berlin. But rather than having lots of post-war monstrosities, it is in fact a charming area that reflects some of the old, pre-war Berlin. Much of the original architecture which was run-down during communist times has been renovated and restored and it is now some of the hottest real estate in the city. The impressive communist-era Karl Marx Allee runs from the centre into Friedrichshain with its imposing but most impressive neoclassical buildings from the DDR era. In fact the buildings themselves are part of the attraction and many an afternoon can be spent looking at the pre-war art-deco exteriors and chillaxing in the abundant cafés, restaurants and ice cream parlours around Boxhagener Platz. For those who like their entertainment late, there are also plenty of bars catering for all tastes and several trendy "indie" and rock nightclubs. Very much a 24 hour suburb, it is lively, bohemian but still very safe and worth a visit in its own right. Within easy walking distance to East Side Gallery and just slightly further from Alexanderplatz, it also has easy access to the rest of the city and the sights using Berlin's extensive, efficient and cheap public transport system. As with most areas in Berlin, it offers a wide range of affordable accommodation options.

Good for:

* Wiling away sunny afternoons in innumerable bars and cafés

* Those looking for a bohemian experience with real Berliners

* Lively, authentic nightlife

* Easy access to the rest of the city