One of Berlin’s coolest neighborhoods has a long history of youthful indulgence, a diverse ethnic population and some of the city’s best entertainment precincts.

Head west of the River Spree from central Berlin to reach Kreuzberg, one of the most active areas of the German capital. Transformed from one of Berlin’s poorest districts in the 1970s, today Kreuzberg is characterized by its multicultural population, plenty of bars and cafés and a longstanding legacy of alternative culture. Delve into the culinary delights of Turkey and Lebanon at a grill house or picnic in one of Kreuzberg’s many parks.

Intersected by Berlin’s network of canals, Kreuzberg is a fantastic area to take an afternoon stroll. Follow a canal to discover waterfront bars and restaurants or purchase a kebab to eat on the grassy areas lining the water. Embark on a canal tour aboard a boat to see Kreuzberg from the water. Tours are offered in a number of languages, including English.

Join scores of Berlin’s youthful population as they welcome the summer weather in Kreuzberg’s many green areas after a long winter. Visit Görlitzer Park to see how the city transformed a former train line into a popular meeting place for locals. Climb to the top of Viktoriapark in western Kreuzberg for one of the most spectacular views of the city.

After dark the area around Schlesisches Tor becomes one of the busiest areas in the city. Traditionally low rents have allowed for diverse culinary offerings and today Kreuzberg is home to some of the city’s most revered restaurants. Choose between classic German cuisine, European bistros and fast-food restaurants. Afterward, have cocktails or listen to music at one of the many bars in the area. Look for bars that offer a non-smoking room if you prefer fresh air, as many Berlin bars and restaurants still allow smoking indoors.

Kreuzberg is served by a number of Berlin’s U Bahn and S Bahn train lines, with major stations including Merringdamm in the south and Kottbusser Tor in the north. The district is large. While walking is a great way to see certain neighborhoods, appreciate the speed and convenience of the rail network for crossing Kreuzberg.

Top hotels in Kreuzberg

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Movenpick Hotel Berlin
Movenpick Hotel Berlin
4.5 out of 5
Schoeneberger Str. 3, Berlin, BE
NZ$124
per night
17 Nov. - 18 Nov.

Located in Kreuzberg, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Diplomatic Quarter and Tempodrom. Friedrichstrasse and Potsdamer Platz are also within 15 ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (2,156 reviews)

"The Movenpick was in a great location, near Potsdamer Platz and various restaurants and shops. The S-Bahn is right across the street which made travel convenient and there are bus stops at the corner. The restaurant looked nice but I never ate there."…"

Reviewed on 28 Oct. 2019

Movenpick Hotel Berlin
Crowne Plaza Berlin - Potsdamer Platz
Crowne Plaza Berlin - Potsdamer Platz
4.5 out of 5
Hallesche Str. 10, Berlin, BE
NZ$141
per night
8 Dec. - 9 Dec.

Located in Kreuzberg, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Tempodrom and Friedrichstrasse. Checkpoint Charlie Museum and Checkpoint Charlie are also ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,433 reviews)

"THE ONLY THING WE DIDNT LIKE WAS THAT WE COULDNT HAVE A COFFEE IN THE MORNING WHILE IN HOTEL."…"

Reviewed on 24 Oct. 2019

Crowne Plaza Berlin - Potsdamer Platz
Holiday Inn Express Berlin City Centre
Holiday Inn Express Berlin City Centre
3 out of 5
Stresemannstr. 49, Berlin, BE
NZ$116
per night
17 Nov. - 18 Nov.

Located in Kreuzberg, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Tempodrom, Berlin Story Bunker and Jewish Museum Berlin. Martin-Gropius Bau and German Museum ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,852 reviews)

"Hotel in a great location, 15 minute walk to all main attractions in Berlin. Good to have breakfast include to start your day."…"

Reviewed on 5 Nov. 2019

Holiday Inn Express Berlin City Centre
Mondrian Suites Berlin Checkpoint Charlie
Mondrian Suites Berlin Checkpoint Charlie
4.5 out of 5
Markgrafenstrasse 16 - 16a, Berlin, BE
NZ$141
per night
9 Dec. - 10 Dec.

This family-friendly Berlin apartment building is located in the business district, within a 10-minute walk of Jewish Museum Berlin and Checkpoint Charlie. Gendarmenmarkt ...

4.3/5Excellent! (993 reviews)

"Well situated and good facilities for a family. Staff were polite and helpful. Our only criticism was that the kitchen in our apartment had only a frying pan for cooking. We asked for a saucepan and that was quickly provided. We would definitly stay there again!"…"

Reviewed on 3 Nov. 2019

Mondrian Suites Berlin Checkpoint Charlie
Select Hotel Berlin Checkpoint Charlie
Select Hotel Berlin Checkpoint Charlie
4 out of 5
Hedemannstraße 11-12, Berlin, BE
NZ$109
per night
17 Nov. - 18 Nov.

Located in Kreuzberg, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Friedrichstrasse, Checkpoint Charlie Museum and Checkpoint Charlie. Gendarmenmarkt and Potsdamer ...

4.2/5Very Good! (2,040 reviews)

"This hotel was amazing, nice and cozy and in the perfect location. The hotel is located in the historic Checkpoint Charlie sector of Berlin which crossing point for East and West Berlin. The subway is a few minutes walk, the Mall of Berlin is also within walking distance. I plan on staying here again ..."…"

Reviewed on 17 Oct. 2019

Select Hotel Berlin Checkpoint Charlie
Angleterre Hotel
Angleterre Hotel
4 out of 5
Friedrichstr. 31, Berlin, BE
NZ$108
per night
17 Nov. - 18 Nov.

Located in Kreuzberg, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Friedrichstrasse, Checkpoint Charlie Museum and Checkpoint Charlie. Gendarmenmarkt and Tempodrom ...

4.2/5Very Good! (2,078 reviews)

"The property is within easy reach of all the main tourist attractions & also public transport"…"

Reviewed on 24 Oct. 2019

Angleterre Hotel

Popular activities in Kreuzberg

Checkpoint Charlie Museum
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Checkpoint Charlie Museum

4/5(53 reviews)

Visit one of Berlin’s most famous relics of the Cold War. Once a place of chilling fear and dramatic escape attempts, it is now one of the city's big attractions.

Alexanderplatz
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Alexanderplatz

4/5(93 reviews)

There are many debates about where the real centre of Berlin is, but Alexanderplatz, with its teetering tower and retail therapy, is certainly a contender.

Brandenburg Gate
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Brandenburg Gate

4.5/5(109 reviews)

One of Europe’s most powerful landmarks, this German symbol dates back to 1791 and has played a huge role in the country’s political culture ever since.

Reichstag Building
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Reichstag Building

4.5/5(77 reviews)

A real survivor of the city's recent past, in the face of bombings and ambush, the German Parliament building stands tall as a symbol of hope and unity in the city.

Potsdamer Platz
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Potsdamer Platz

4/5(80 reviews)

This public square once lay divided between East and West Germany, now it brings people together in a celebration of their city.

Berlin TV Tower
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Berlin TV Tower

4/5(40 reviews)

Take in breathtaking views of Berlin and enjoy a meal in a revolving restaurant inside the sphere of this iconic tower, the tallest structure in Germany.

Top activities in Kreuzberg

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

NZ$45

Explore Berlin's major sites on an unlimited hop-on hop-off bus tour.

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

NZ$17

Explore Berlin on a biplane that lets you plan out your own itinerary and see the city's top attractions, trendy neighborhoods, and historic sights at your own pace. With unlimited rides and 18 stops scattered around town, it's the perfect way to get the lay of the land.

Berlin's Private Food Tour with 10 Tastings
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Berlin's Private Food Tour with 10 Tastings

NZ$65

Get ready to experience the genuinely multicultural side of Berlin: the food scene! Enjoy 10 delicious tastings, carefully chosen by your local foodie to impress your taste buds! All exclusively for you! Whether you want to check out the local Berlin cuisine, typical German snacks or Turkish goodies, you’re in for a treat! On this private tour, you can try out 10 authentic German bites! All of this in the company of your favorite local host and their amazing local stories.

Private Berlin's Best Beer Tour
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Private Berlin's Best Beer Tour

NZ$43

Treat your taste buds to the best German beers to be found in Berlin—both new favorites and beloved classics. With an in-the-know guide leading the way, sip frosty brews and snack on a salty pretzel as you work your way between hidden hotspots and popular microbreweries.

Shore Excursion: Berlin Hop-on Hop-off
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Shore Excursion: Berlin Hop-on Hop-off

NZ$45

Make your way to the centre of Berlin to explore the major sites on an unlimited hop-on hop-off bus tour.

The Original Berlin Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Private Tour
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The Original Berlin Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Private Tour

NZ$51

Located 35 kilometers from Berlin, Sachsenhausen is the location of some of the world's worst recorded history. Holding over 200,000 prisoners from 1936 until the fall of the Third Reich, the camp was the site of Operation Bernhard, one of the largest currency counterfeiting operations ever recorded and executed many of its prisoners similar to camps furthers east like Auschwitz.

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