Special Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg Travel Tips by Bettina Kraft
Why I like Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg: In a city rich with diversity and culture, Berlin's Prenzlauer Berg is one of the city's hottest districts. Since Reunification, the neighborhood has been popular among university students, but this popularity has resulted in an increase in property values and the gentrification of the area. Located in northeast Berlin, Prenzlauer Berg is characterized by buildings that were predominantly built at the turn of the 20th century. Compared to the rest of Berlin, this area had little damage from World War II, and today over 300 structures are now protected under historic preservation ordinance. The center of Prenzlauer Berg has a large number of pubs, galleries, restaurants and bars, which give the district a very active night and day life. Several sites tied to Berlin's divided history are worth seeing here, including the Mauerpark (which was formerly part of the Wall and its Death Strip) and Gethsemene Church (which played a pivotal role in the 1980s East German resistance movement and the fall of the Wall). Prenzlauer Berg is also home to Germany's largest synagogue, located on Rykestrasse. It was dedicated in 1904 and was not destroyed by the Nazis because of its location in a tightly knit residential area. The associated large Jewish cemetery with over 22,000 graves is definitely worth seeing. It is the final resting place of numerous prominent Jewish figures, including composer Giacomo Meyerbeer and artist Max Liebermann. Although Berlin is a destination in and of itself, if you need to get out of the city, consider day trips to either Potsdam or the Spreewald.
These Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg travel tips are compiled by Bettina Kraft. Bettina likes to help visitors from all over the world to experience Germany in a different, more personal way, and make it easy for them to do so by providing detailed travel tips and advise.
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