Kreuzberg has been cool since Bowie and Iggy hung out here in the Seventies and the neighbourhood’s main strip continues the party today with legendary clubs and lively bars.
Its edgy credentials may predate the fall of the Berlin Wall, but it was this moment that kick-started Kreuzberg on its journey from impoverished neighbourhood to cool counterculture hotspot. While parts have since succumbed to gentrification, it remains one of the German capital’s most exciting areas. Slicing right through the middle is Oranienstrasse, a pulsating thoroughfare that reflects the district in all its diversity and distinctly Berlin buzz. We’ve picked out its best bits, plus a couple of great places to stay close by.