Lichtenberg

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Loca­ted to the east of Berlin's city cent­re, Lich­ten­berg is an up-and-coming dis­trict that is popu­lar with young pro­fes­sio­nals and fami­lies. The area is con­ve­ni­ent­ly con­nec­ted to the rest of the city and bor­ders Fried­richs­hain and Kreuz­berg, the two most exci­ting neigh­bour­hoods for night­li­fe. In the sou­thern part of Lich­ten­berg lies the Weit­ling­kiez, a quiet and green resi­den­ti­al area. Müns­ter­land­platz is the cent­re of the neigh­bour­hood and is home to mar­kets, street fes­ti­vals and con­certs. The­re are foot­paths and parks along the Spree and Lake Rum­mels­burg, and many peo­p­le sit along the banks in the evenings and at weekends to enjoy an after-work beer.
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Markets and shopping facilities

Weit­ling­kiez offers num­e­rous shop­ping oppor­tu­ni­ties, inclu­ding super­mar­kets, mini-mar­kets and many smal­ler spe­cia­li­ty shops. And the­re is a weekly far­mers' mar­ket on Müns­ter­land­platz, which takes place on Fri­days. The­re is a small shop­ping cent­re at Lich­ten­berg sta­ti­on, whe­re the super­mar­ket is also open on Sun­days. The "Don Xuan Cent­re", a who­le­sa­le mar­ket for food, exo­tic fruits, coo­king uten­sils, clot­hing and elec­tro­nics, espe­ci­al­ly from the Far East, is well-known throug­hout the city. The­re are also many food ven­dors and you can enjoy the uni­que bubble tea, a pho, spring rolls or other spe­cia­li­ties here.

Nightlife

Many of the best bars in Lich­ten­berg are loca­ted in the Weit­ling­kiez neigh­bour­hood. "Zum Schwal­ben­schwanz" is a favou­ri­te with good drinks and fre­quent events such as a pub quiz and crime sce­ne vie­wings. "Pool Inn", on Wön­nich­stra­ße, is the place to be for beer lovers and tho­se who like to play pool or snoo­ker. The near­by "Bil­lard Lounge" in Weit­ling­s­tra­ße also offers a good atmo­sphe­re and reason­ab­ly pri­ced drinks. For a wild night out, the "Sisy­phos", one of Berlin's most legen­da­ry night­clubs, is just the place. Loca­ted near the River Spree, the club is housed in an old fac­to­ry and is known for its fac­to­ry loft atmo­sphe­re. Tech­no DJs often play in the warehouse-like main room, a second room usual­ly offers house sounds and then the­re is a lar­ge out­door area with quir­ky deco­ra­ti­ons, sand and play­ground equipment.

Cafés and restaurants

The "Jelän­ger Jelie­ber" ser­ves hear­ty, modern Ger­man cui­sine and always attracts a tren­dy crowd. The restau­rant is open until late, but also offers luncht­i­me spe­cia­li­ties with a con­stant­ly chan­ging weekly menu. The piz­ze­ria "Ledi" in Weit­lungski­ez is cosy and offers gar­den sea­ting. We also recom­mend "Neu­asi­en", which ser­ves soups, pas­ta and rice dis­hes. For a quick and greasy meal, the "Krauts Ber­lin Bur­ger & Café" is exact­ly the right address: from bur­gers to cur­ry­wurst, the­re is all kinds of fast food here. Sweet tre­ats are available at "Nadia + Kos­ta", a café that also sells cakes, sand­wi­ches and bagels. The small shop in Türrschmidt­stra­ße is known for its fri­end­ly atmo­sphe­re, and the indoor and out­door sea­ting is often full to capa­ci­ty. With its quir­ky street fron­ta­ge com­ple­te with a colourful bou­quet of flowers and stri­ped awnings, the "Cana­pé Bäcker" is a feast for the eyes and sto­mach. In addi­ti­on to strong cof­fees, the­re is a lar­ge sel­ec­tion of bread, rolls and pastries, also to take away.

Art and culture

Lich­ten­berg has a wide ran­ge of cul­tu­ral and artis­tic offe­rings, inclu­ding the "Funk­haus Ber­lin", one of the best live con­cert halls in the city, which fre­quent­ly hosts con­certs with renow­ned inter­na­tio­nal artists. To get an impres­si­on of the more recent histo­ry of East Ber­lin, you can visit the Sta­si Muse­um in Lich­ten­berg, in the for­mer Sta­si head­quar­ters. It is lar­ge­ly pre­ser­ved in its ori­gi­nal sta­te and you can get an insight into what the ori­gi­nal offices loo­ked like back then. Exten­si­ve exhi­bits on the methods of the for­mer East Ger­man sta­te poli­ce pro­vi­de fur­ther infor­ma­ti­on. The "Ger­man-Rus­si­an Muse­um" is loca­ted in near­by Karls­horst, on the exact spot whe­re the Second World War offi­ci­al­ly ended. The muse­um con­ta­ins his­to­ri­cal exhi­bits and hou­ses the room whe­re the han­do­ver docu­ments were signed, as well as a coll­ec­tion of mili­ta­ry vehic­les. Admis­si­on is free.

Parks and leisure

The "Stadt­park Lich­ten­berg" is one of the most beau­tiful parks in the dis­trict. With bar­be­cue are­as and a duck pond, it is a favou­ri­te excur­si­on desti­na­ti­on for many from all over the city. In the north of the dis­trict is also the "Land­schafts­park Herz­ber­ge", a green jewel of Ber­lin: a lar­ge natu­re park, less well-kept than many other lar­ge parks in the city, but with hiking and cycling trails, forests and even a working farm with sheep and cows. The "Tier­park Ber­lin" on this site (the for­mer Fried­richs­fel­de Palace) is the lar­gest zoo in Euro­pe (not to be con­fu­sed with the Ber­lin Zoo in Char­lot­ten­burg). Most of the ani­mals have lar­ge enclo­sures with ple­nty of space to roam, and for visi­tors this means that they have to walk a lot, but they can also get very clo­se to the enclo­sures, which are often only bor­de­red by a water chan­nel or a fur­row in the ground. On the way east is Müg­gel­see, one of Berlin's best swim­ming and water sports lakes, which is easi­ly acces­si­ble by train. The Müg­gel­see lido is a popu­lar bathing spot with a san­dy beach, lake­si­de shops and a small restau­rant that is open in summer.

Transport and location

To the east of the city cent­re, Lich­ten­berg is easi­ly acces­si­ble by public trans­port. The U5 under­ground line runs to Alex­an­der­platz, in the cent­re of Ber­lin, whe­re you can reach a num­ber of other important under­ground lines. From 2020, the U5 will be con­nec­ted to Ber­lin Cen­tral Sta­ti­on. From Lich­ten­berg sta­ti­on, the­re are a num­ber of regio­nal rail­way lines that cross Ber­lin and are also con­nec­ted to the Ring-Bahn, with good con­nec­tions to both Ber­lin airports. 

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