Friedrichshain has a personality of its own precisely due to the way all great celebrations and explosive parties start on the streets. Ever becoming an intrinsic part of the city culture, the solo artists and bands are creating soundtracks to the lives of Berliners every day with their urban community rhythms.
Address: Warchauerstr. , Berlin, Germany
Pompeji Open Air Cinema
In the summertime, there is nothing compared to a night under the stars while relishing in the cinematographic arts. Pompeji Open Air Cinema , open since 2012, is aptly named as it has risen from the remains of the Berlin wall, between two walls which are all that stand after a fire many years before. With only 80 seats available, watching these art house films is an intimate and magical experience.
Address: Freiluftkino Pompeji – Open Air am Ostkreuz, Laskerstraße 5, Berlin, Germany, +49 0176 57861079
Friedrichshain is famous for many things, and what better way to immortalize your experience of the city than via a Photo Automat. Stacked along quiet sidewalks or right in the middle of a busy square, these tiny boxes are a place where all the enthusiasm the city exudes is captured forever. The vintage black-and-white style is cool and chic, and trying to fit every single one of your 10 friends in the tiny frame is definitely worth the effort.
Address: Warschauer Straße 60 Berlin, Germany
Where the sub-urban meets the night life Cassiopeia gathers those alternative souls from all corners of Berlin. Located down in the RAW courtyard, covered by ingenious graffiti and hidden beneath an old brick structure, this place screams boho, gathers trashy-punk-pop party goers and unites all wild and raw souls who want to get a big slice of Friedrichshain life-style. Home of countless parties, but also with a milder touch in summertime, Cassiopeia also boasts an amazing beer garden that is unique in atmosphere and location.
Address: Cassiopeia, Revaler Str. 99, Berlin, Germany, +49 030 47385949
Minimal and techno are the most important words to remember when visiting the dynamic Suicide Circus. Don’t let the name put you off: this open aired dance floor club is as feisty as can get in the electronic scene, bringing the sweat and adrenaline out of any hedonist in town. Located in a re-conceptualized industrial setting, the alternative atmosphere is ever-present. With an indoor and open-air floor, not to mention crazy top-notch sound system, Suicide circus is the best place to experience the greatest nightlife Friedrichshain has to offer.
Guru of electronic music and mother of party halls, the exclusive and illusive Bergahain holds the title of one of the most famous techno clubs in the world. Located in a former power plant, the space is ginormous, with room for more than 1500 to party all night long. Perfect for the Electro-addict, Berghain has a mysterious air, known for its controversial parties and hedonist life-style advocacy. No photographs, no mirrors, no VIPs, no cocktails – this is a party hall like no where else on earth, and is sure to deliver an experience of a lifetime.
Address: Berghain, Am Wriezener Bahnhof, Berlin, Germany, +49 030 29360210
A great way to relax and feel the city vibe is to rent a boat and start paddling along the river Spree. With multiple renting possibilities, from canoes, motor boats and alternative boat shackles, you can enjoy the nature of Berlin at any speed you wish. Serene and quiet, the Spree River and the connecting lakes offer the experience of natural oasis, away from the city’s crowds. Ahoi Ostkreuz offers canoe and boat renting facilities for those unforgettable river rides.
Address: Ahoi Ostkreuz, Paul und Paula Ufer, Berlin, Germany, +490179 8888372
Between Friedrichshain and Prenzlauer Berg, Volkspark is the oldest park in Berlin and is enjoyed today as a popular leisure park where playgrounds, tennis courts, jogging and even sunbathing abound. The park comes with a great history: built in 1840 as a celebration for Frederick the Great’s ascension to the Prussian throne, the park survived the heavy bombings of World War II and several architectural remodels. And lucky for us it’s loveliest highlight, the Fairy Tale fountain ((Märchenbrunnen), survived too.
Address: Volkspark Friedrichshain, Berlin, Germany, +49 030 25002333
Full at all times, Burger Amt looks from outside to inside like a gigantic collage of great ideas, gathering hungry souls for spectacular food with personality. With a variety of meat and vegetarian burgers and insanely generous portions of fries and other side-dishes, this place is definitely screaming Friedrichshain sub-culture: the perfect place to continue to experience the city with friends over lunch.
Opening hours: Tue to Sat 9am – 6pm, Sun to Monday 9.30am – 6.30pm
Watch out for: Burger with Peanut sauce
Address: BurgerAmt, Krossener Straße 21 – 22, Berlin, Germany, +49 30 667 634 53
Vinyl a GoGo
From jazz to funk, punk to pop and blues to world music, Vinyl a GoGo is an absolute haven for collectors and vinyl fanatics. The city is famous for the availability of proper vinyl, aiming at style, class and better sound quality, while also forming a micro-culture among the artistic performers and listeners alike. Finding a forgotten piece of the incredible Nina Simone, indulging into the incomparable voice of Janis, while stumbling across Nick Cave’s last album: anything can happen at Vinyl a Gogo.