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"Anything or anywhere to go post 11pm on sunday. Here only for a night unfortunately. Willing to travel a bit if nothing in Prenzlauer Berg. Thanks in advance." (posted 08/24/2014)

Hello, Berlin offers an extensive nightlife. There are many bars, discos, theaters and and and especially in summer a lot of bars and restaurants in Prenzlauer Berg also well into the night (3 or 5 clock clock) Many tips can be found here http: //www.berlinatnight. de / http://www.virtualnights.com/berlin/citytipp/berlin-in-nacht.370?gclid=CNOK-5HhsMACFUfnwgod8HcAYQ http://www.berlin.de/clubs-and-party/party-tipps/ http : //www.berlin.de/clubs-and-party/clubguide/ Many greetings from Berlin, Uwe
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Berlin Prenzlauer Berg Overview

Prenzlauer Berg is one of Berlin’s most attractive neighborhoods. Even before German reunificition in 1990, the district was a focal point for students, writers and artists, and since then it’s gained a reputation as an upscale area known for its trendy bars, cafes and restaurants. A highlight of the neighborhood is the Kulturbrauerei—a complex of industrial buildings that have been transformed into a year-round center for concerts, poetry readings, films, and live music. Another local attraction is the Zeiss Planetarium—one of the largest and most modern in Europe. You will be centrally located to enjoy all that Berlin (Berlin vacation rentals | Berlin travel guide) has to offer from the comfort of a fully-furnished holiday apartment.

Prenzlauer Berg is a locality of Berlin, in the borough of Pankow. Until 2001, Prenzlauer Berg was a borough of Berlin; in that year it was included (together with the former borough Weißensee) in the borough of Pankow. After German reunification in 1990, Prenzlauer Berg became a center for more bohemian Berlin youth, while more recently it has experienced gentrification.

Prenzlauer Berg is one of the most popular districts in Berlin; it is one of Berlin's prettiest neighborhoods, still central, yet quieter than Berlin Mitte. Much (Much vacation rentals | Much travel guide) of Prenzlauer Berg escaped damage in the second world war and post war redevelopment. Nowadays Prenzlauer Berg offers trendy shopping with many streetstyle fashion designers selling their wares in trendy boutiques. Prenzlauer Berg has become famous for being one of the few places in Germany where there has actually been a baby boom in recent years. There is an abundance of playgrounds, Helmholtzplatz, Kollwitzplatz, kitas (child daycare centers) and shops selling toys and second hand children's clothing. However, the birthrate is not higher than elsewhere in Germany. Instead, the impression of a high number of children is based on the large percentage of people between 20 and 40 years who are potential parents of young children. Prenzlauer Berg has recently become a popular area for the current wave of American and European immigrants into Berlin, many of whom are artists who have moved to Berlin in search of the cheap downtown apartments and studio space which are very hard to find in other capital cities and 'centers for the arts' like New York, London and Paris but which are abundant in Berlin. English conversations can often be heard in the street cafes along the Kastanienallee. Kollwitzplatz and Helmholtzplatz have weekly street markets, and the former breweries Kulturbrauerei and Pfefferberg and Kastanienallee are local hot spots.

Things to See in Berlin (Berlin vacation rentals | Berlin travel guide) Prenzlauer Berg

Countless pubs, restaurants, cafés, galleries and little shops create a day and nightlife atmosphere unrivalled in the rest of Berlin. Along with Schöneberg and Mitte, Prenzlauer Berg is a focal point of Berlin art scene. Along with Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg (Kreuzberg vacation rentals | Kreuzberg travel guide) it is also a popular neighbourhood with the student population.

Zeiss Planetarium, Germany's largest. It's unique round shape is often referred to as "the big ball".

Kollwitzplatz and Helmholtzplatz on market days

Rykestrasse Synagogue

Jewish graveyard on Schönhauser Allee where painter Max Liebermann and composer Giacomo Meyerbeer are buried

Gethsemane Church, former meeting place of the resistance in the GDR

Mauerpark (former location of the Berlin wall)

Wasserturm Prenzlauer Berg, designed by Henry Gill, constructed by the English Waterworks Company and finished in 1875.

The former breweries Kulturbrauerei and Pfefferberg and Kastanienallee are local hot spots of interest.

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More about the History of Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg

Prenzlauer Berg was developed during the second half of the 19th century based on an urban planning design from 1862 by James Hobrecht, the so-called Hobrecht Plan for Berlin (Berlin vacation rentals | Berlin travel guide). Envisioned as a working-class district, its tenement houses were mainly inhabited by intellectuals, artists, and students in the former German Democratic Republic. Since German reunification, Prenzlauer Berg's urban apartment block structures have, for the most part, been renovated. This and rising property values have led to more affluent residents moving into some areas of the borough. Older buildings like the water tower, near Kollwitzplatz, or the Prater Beer Garden in Kastanienallee, as well as the old breweries still give an impression of the days when Prenzlauer Berg was part of so-called Steinernes Berlin (Rocky Berlin) as described by author Werner Hegemann in 1930.

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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.

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