Friedrichshain has seen many changes in the last three decades. Its tumultuous history has paved the way for it to become one of the city’s most fascinating neighborhoods. Following the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of East Germany, Friedrichshain became known as representing the abandonment experienced across East Berlin. Today the area is one of the liveliest in the city, with a young population, a cosmopolitan entertainment precinct and some of Europe’s most revered nightclubs on its fringes.

See one of the longest remaining stretches of the Berlin Wall lining the river between Friedrichshain and neighboring Kreuzberg. The East Side Gallery is a 0.8-mile (1.3-kilometer) stretch of the wall that, since 1990, has been an outdoor canvas for over 100 murals by global artists. Walk its length to see huge pieces by Thierry Noir, Dmitri Vrubel and Bodo Sperling.

Friedrichshain’s sprawling Volkspark is an idyllic picnic location in summer and is transformed into a picturesque snowscape with a sledding hill in winter. As you stroll through the park, see the stunning Märchenbrunnen fountain that dates back to 1913.

Wander the cobbled streets that surround Boxhagener Platz to discover local boutiques and cozy cafés. These streets were once the center of Berlin’s squatting movement. The area has maintained much of its leftist political views, despite rapid gentrification in the past decade.

Visit Boxhagener Platz on a Sunday to look for special items at its popular flea market. Shop for antique furniture, clothing and East German keepsakes to take home.

As night falls, converge on Revaler Straße to join scores of partiers at some of Berlin’s best nightclubs. One side of the street is lined by an abandoned former train repair station, which has been repurposed as an entertainment precinct. Find beer gardens, nightclubs, concert venues and even an outdoor rock-climbing center among the seemingly dilapidated buildings.

Easy to navigate on foot, Friedrichshain is the base for a number of guided walks, including popular street art tours. Catch the tram or train to connect to neighboring areas of Berlin, including Mitte and Kreuzberg.

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Top hotels in Friedrichshain

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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MEININGER Hotel Berlin East Side Gallery
3 out of 5
Am Postbahnhof 4, Berlin
NZ$83/night
28 Jul. - 29 Jul.
4.1/5Very Good! (405 reviews)

"Nice location, easy checkin and parking. Clean rooms and nice view."…"

Reviewed on 1 Jul. 2019

MEININGER Hotel Berlin East Side Gallery
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Select Hotel Berlin Ostbahnhof
4 out of 5
Lange Strasse 31, Berlin
NZ$137/night
4 Aug. - 5 Aug.
4.2/5Very Good! (1,568 reviews)

"A hop and a skip to Kreuzberg where you'll find a ton of restaurants, bars and clubs to go out to. And close to the Ostbanhof station which can get you around town easily. The hotel is a bit dated. Worth it if you get a good price and take the biggest room 'exclusive' which is what I did for my 9 ..."…"

Reviewed on 13 Jul. 2019

Select Hotel Berlin Ostbahnhof
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All In Hostel / Hotel Berlin
2 out of 5
Gruenberger Str. 54, Berlin
NZ$45/night
28 Jul. - 29 Jul.
3.7/5Good! (198 reviews)

"We like the location, easy access to transportation, cleanliness and breakfast. We like the breakfast choices: fruit, muesli, vegetables, cheese and whole milk.I liked the coffee, and I am particular about that. We don't eat meat. The price is within our budget. The staff was helpful and courteous. ..."…"

Reviewed on 1 May 2019

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Leonardo Royal Hotel Berlin Alexanderplatz
4.5 out of 5
Otto-Braun-Strasse 90, Berlin
NZ$110/night
11 Aug. - 12 Aug.
4.3/5Excellent! (2,046 reviews)

"Overall great location. Friendly staff and very helpful."…"

Reviewed on 11 Jul. 2019

Leonardo Royal Hotel Berlin Alexanderplatz
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nhow Berlin
4 out of 5
Stralauer Allee 3, Berlin
NZ$113/night
5 Aug. - 6 Aug.
4.4/5Excellent! (1,268 reviews)

"Very central tourist location. Staff service was pretty basic - can tell that they deal with a lot of people coming and going. My suitcase was taken for me while I was checking in and I was told it would be taken to my room for me, when I got to my room after checking in it wasn’t there so I called ..."…"

Reviewed on 1 Jul. 2019

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NEWBERLIN
4 out of 5
Petersburger Str. 24, Berlin
NZ$148/night
11 Aug. - 12 Aug.
4.3/5Excellent! (552 reviews)

"Small and friendly hotel. Quiet area with good transport links to everywhere. Close to nice places to eat and drink and a good value place to stay."…"

Reviewed on 3 May 2019

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