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FriedrichshainBerlin

Straddling the eastern side of the River Spree, this former industrial precinct is today the home of some of Berlin’s most progressive nightclubs.

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.


Popular places to visit in Friedrichshain

East Side Gallery
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East Side Gallery

4.5/5(20 reviews)

Visit this monument along the Spree River to see more than 100 murals celebrating the fall of the Berlin Wall and Berlin’s reunification.

Oberbaum Bridge
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Oberbaum Bridge

Walk along one of Berlin’s iconic landmarks that once fortified Berlin and connected East to West. It now offers fantastic city and river views.

Molecule Man
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Molecule Man

Snap photos of this awe-inspiring artwork depicting humans filled with hundreds of holes that represent the molecules that create us.

Top activities in Friedrichshain

Berlin Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Berlin Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

NZ$49
Per adult
74% of travellers recommend
Shore Excursion: Berlin Hop-on Hop-off
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Shore Excursion: Berlin Hop-on Hop-off

NZ$48
Per adult
Hop-On Hop-Off - Berlin Wall Tour
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Hop-On Hop-Off - Berlin Wall Tour

NZ$14
Per adult
72% of travellers recommend
Discover Berlin’s Art and Culture with a Local
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Discover Berlin’s Art and Culture with a Local

NZ$47
Per adult
Discover Berlin in 90 Minutes with a Local
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Discover Berlin in 90 Minutes with a Local

NZ$46
Per adult
Berlin Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus Tour with Attraction Tickets Combo
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Berlin Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus Tour with Attraction Tickets Combo

NZ$62
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend

Top hotels in Friedrichshain

nhow Berlin
nhow Berlin
4 out of 5
Stralauer Allee 3, Berlin, BE
The price is NZ$142 per night from 15 Nov. to 16 Nov.

Located in Friedrichshain, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of East Side Gallery and Mercedes-Benz Arena. Treptower Park and Berlin TV Tower are also within ...

4.3/5Excellent! (986 reviews)
2 Days stay with friends

"2 days stay in Berlin at this weird and funny hotel. The atmosphere was unique. Very cool and unique rooms. Rooms included minibar and a nespresso machine. Breakfast was nice and was open from 6.30 to 12.00 o'clock."…"

Reviewed on 6 Mar. 2020

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MEININGER Hotel Berlin East Side Gallery
MEININGER Hotel Berlin East Side Gallery
3 out of 5
Am Postbahnhof 4, Berlin
The price is NZ$68 per night from 16 Nov. to 17 Nov.

Located in Friedrichshain, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Mercedes-Benz Arena and East Side Gallery. Alexanderplatz and Berlin TV Tower are also within ...

4.1/5Very Good! (698 reviews)

"Great location right by the station, decent bar and very friendly staff"…"

Reviewed on 24 Mar. 2020

MEININGER Hotel Berlin East Side Gallery
Leonardo Royal Hotel Berlin Alexanderplatz
Leonardo Royal Hotel Berlin Alexanderplatz
4.5 out of 5
Otto-Braun-Strasse 90, Berlin, BE
The price is NZ$103 per night from 25 Oct. to 26 Oct.

Located in Friedrichshain, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Torstrasse and Alexanderplatz. Berlin TV Tower and DDR Museum are also within 1 mile ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (973 reviews)

"Lovely hotel. Spacious, clean rooms. Great coffe machine and shower. Good sized bathrooms too. Excellent customer service. Staff friendly. Only downside good 20 min walk into Alexanderplatz. Due to Covid19 no restaurant or bar open on site except Fri/Sat pm. (Not informed prior)"…"

Reviewed on 15 Aug. 2020

Leonardo Royal Hotel Berlin Alexanderplatz
NH Berlin Alexanderplatz
NH Berlin Alexanderplatz
4 out of 5
Landsberger Allee 26, Berlin, BE
The price is NZ$109 per night from 9 Nov. to 10 Nov.

Located in Friedrichshain, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Velodrom and Alexanderplatz. Berlin TV Tower and Nikolaikirche are also within 2 mi (3 km). Strausberger ...

4.2/5Very Good! (188 reviews)

"I searched for a hotel with no carpets, given the much greater likelihood of proper hygiene in this year of the pox, and while the location of this one is not exactly anywhere that close to Alexanderplatz (as anyone can see by using Google Maps), it fit the bill perfectly. They take sanitation measures ..."…"

Reviewed on 8 Sep. 2020

NH Berlin Alexanderplatz
a&o Berlin Friedrichshain
a&o Berlin Friedrichshain
2.5 out of 5
Boxhagener Str. 73, Berlin, BE
The price is NZ$57 per night from 25 Oct. to 26 Oct.

Located in Friedrichshain, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Simon-Dach-Strasse, Mercedes-Benz Arena and East Side Gallery. Alexanderplatz and Berlin TV ...

3.7/5Good! (456 reviews)
comfortable room

"Great room at a good price. Overall the room was clean but the towels weren't completely clean."…"

Reviewed on 28 Jan. 2020

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Hampton by Hilton Berlin City East Side Gallery
Hampton by Hilton Berlin City East Side Gallery
Mildred-Harnack-Strasse 15, Berlin, Berlin
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NZ$120 per night from 22 Oct. to 23 Oct.

Located in Friedrichshain, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of East Side Gallery and Mercedes-Benz Arena. Alexanderplatz and Oberbaum Bridge are also within ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (379 reviews)

"Very clean room with everything you need. Also a 24/7 gym"…"

Reviewed on 18 Sep. 2020

Hampton by Hilton Berlin City East Side Gallery
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