Editions: The Berlin Guide

Berlin MapWords and illustration by Elizabeth Pollard

Welcome the second theme in our Editions series: The Berlin Guide. Over the next four days, we have commissioned, interviewed and investigated some of Berlin’s most exciting artists, designers and culture. To help you understand some of the places we talk about, here is a map to the city, annotated with all of our favourite haunts; from galleries and bars to boutiques and an abandoned theme park. Book your flight, clutching this map and we guarantee you an incredible time!

1. If you get off at Weinmeisterstraße in Mitte there’s loads of pop-ups and boutiques – you can’t really take a wrong turn.

2. Soho House Berlin, Torstraße 1, 10119 Berlin
We can dream.

3. Alexandraplatz
The centre of all things (west) Berlin. With the main train station and all of the sites within walking distance, it’s a good place to start when trying to do ‘it’ all in a day. More time to P-A-R-T-Y

4. Brandenberg Gate
Reach it by walking along the River Spree via Friedrichstraße (one of the biggest main roads in Mitte). Beautiful scenery and chance to take your pick of Mitte’s famous winebars.

5. Memorial to the Murdered Jews in Europe
A haunting exhibition of the holocaust. Whilst ominous on the surface, underneath, is a poetic tribute to the lives lost during the Second World War.

6. Bauhaus Archive, Klingelhöferstraße 14, 10785
Arguably, some of the most influential design and typography in the world came out of the Bauhaus movement. Elle French talks Grotesque fonts and the work of Jan Tschichold at 1pm today.

7. Santa Maria, Oranienstraße 170, 10999
Mexican food and margaritas that will kill you! (Read more in Shaun Cooney’s “Eat, Drink, Berlin” at 1pm on Saturday)

8. Gorgonzola Club, Dresdener Straße 121, 10999
Really rustic, amazing food and super super cheap. Have the fresh ravioli! (Read more in Shaun Cooney’s “Eat, Drink, Berlin” at 1pm on Saturday)

9. Bohengold on Reichenberger Straße is a maze of cosy rooms which lead to a dance room at the back. A not-so-secret locals hot spot. (Read more in Shaun Cooney’s “Eat, Drink, Berlin” at 1pm on Saturday)
Reichenberger Straße 153, 10999 Berlin

10. Mobel Olfe, Reichenberger Straße 177, 10999 Berlin
You’ll learn very quickly in Berlin that appearances aren’t everything. Easily missed underneath a car park, gay bar, Mobel Olfe, is packed with every exotic character you could hope for.

11. Monarch, Skalitzer Straße 134, 10999 Berlin
(right next to Mobel Olfe) is just a dodgy looking door but trust it. Go up to the top of the staircase and there’s a bar/club upstairs. People get crazy in here.

12. Das Hotel on Mariannenstraße 26a for a arty locals. Authentically shabby and really cool.
Mariannenstraße 26a, 10999 Berlin

13. Ankerklause, Kottbusser Damm 104, 10967 Berlin
You will get stared at for being a tourist, but you can’t get the beer any cheaper than this!

14. Turkish Market, Maybachufer
Coffee, pastries, bread, cheese, fruit and a jumbo pack of clothes pegs. Need I say anymore?

15. Riverside Lodge, Hobrechtstraße 43, 12047
In the heart of Kreuzberg, this tiny hostel, which feels much more like a home-from-home, is run by a Berlin’s biggest local. He’ll pop over on his fixie to hand over the keys and then grab a beer or five with you.

16. Watergate, Falckensteinstraße 49, 10997
You’ve all heard the stories; 5 hour long queues, bouncers as hard as nails and if just ain’t cool enough, you better get your taxi fare handy.

17. East Side Gallery, Mühlenstraße, 10243
Aside from the dodgy let’s-dress-up-as-Nazi’s-and-get-our-passports-stamped-to-celebrate, this is a piece of history you can’t miss; designed to celebrate how far the city has come, instead of masking the oppression. Follow Emma Hannoman’s ‘Soviet Footprint’ photoessay, Saturday at 5pm

18. Spreepark! Berlin, Kiehnwerderallee 1, 12437
Arriving at Waldschule Plänterwald is like the beginnings of a horror film. Walk past the desolate residencies and through the forest to reach an abandoned themepark on the riverside of an industrial estate. It’s a goodun’. Check Josephine Pollard’s photo essay on Friday, exploring the cities most interesting corners, including Spreepark.

19. Chalet, Vor dem Schlesischen Tor 3, 10997
Everything you expect from a night out in Berlin; abandoned building, acid house and cheap beer. Be sure to befriend the bouncer, or you may be sorely disappointed… Read more in Shaun Cooney’s “Eat, Drink, Berlin” at 1pm on Saturday

20. Hotel Michelberger, Warschauer Straße 39/40, 10243
One of the most exclusive hotels for the world’s celebrity art crowd. If you can’t afford the trip, at least check out their website.

 

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