Originally a suburban area named after the Prussian Queen Luise, the Luisenstadt still boasts the relics of its not so recent industrial past, including factories, brown land and the Luisenstadt Canal system.
Visiting the “Angels Pool” and the Mariannenplatz, I can tell stories of occupied houses, daring escapes over the Berlin Wall and the work of talented architects.
Walking through this urban landscape, we can see how a Prussian suburb developed into a hotbed of urban radicalism. We can examine churches and their communities torn apart by the Berlin Wall; the “Tree House on the Wall”, urban gardens, and other attempts at creating an alternative lifestyle.
The Kreuzberg of today is just as interesting, with high-rise flats jostling for space next to exclusive town houses, fin-de-siècle residences, trendy cafes and spit and sawdust pubs.
A peaceful community or a problem area? Decide for yourself on this exciting tour through a sensational area of Berlin.
A very interesting route off the beaten track. My school class was sparked.