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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.

Top hotels in Friedrichshain

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
MEININGER Hotel Berlin East Side Gallery
MEININGER Hotel Berlin East Side Gallery
3 out of 5
Am Postbahnhof 4, Berlin

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! (626 reviews)

"Excellent location for travelling. Stone throw away from Ostbahnhof, meaning you can get anywhere in Berlin in about 20 minutes. The staff were all extremely friendly and helpful. Hotel room was always clean. Will definitely stay here again when I return."…"

Reviewed on 23 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
£66
per night
26 Apr-27 Apr

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

4.3/5Excellent! (2,087 reviews)

"Once you come into this hotel you can feel anything organized very well, very clean and neat."…"

Reviewed on 26 Feb 2020

Leonardo Royal Hotel Berlin Alexanderplatz
IntercityHotel Berlin Ostbahnhof
IntercityHotel Berlin Ostbahnhof
3.5 out of 5
Am Ostbahnhof 5, Berlin, BE

Located in Friedrichshain, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Mercedes-Benz Arena and East Side Gallery. Alexanderplatz and Berlin TV Tower are also within ...

4.2/5Excellent! (977 reviews)

"very convenient location! good rooms,friendly staff"…"

Reviewed on 24 Feb 2020

IntercityHotel Berlin Ostbahnhof
nhow Berlin
nhow Berlin
4 out of 5
Stralauer Allee 3, Berlin, BE

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! (1,421 reviews)

"Loved the staff. Always helpful. Great location. Liked the quirky decor."…"

Reviewed on 30 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
£71
per night
5 Apr-6 Apr

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

4.5/5Wonderful! (341 reviews)

"The location of this property is great! Right next to the stadium and across the street from the wall."…"

Reviewed on 3 Feb 2020

Hampton by Hilton Berlin City East Side Gallery
Hotel Indigo Berlin - East Side Gallery
Hotel Indigo Berlin - East Side Gallery
Muehlenstrasse 13-19, Berlin
£82
per night
2 Apr-3 Apr

Located in Friedrichshain, this hotel is steps away from Mercedes-Benz Arena and East Side Gallery. Alexanderplatz and Berlin TV Tower are also within 3 miles ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (147 reviews)

"Great place to stay Close to restaurants ' shopping , malls and activities Easy transportation"…"

Reviewed on 24 Jan 2020

Hotel Indigo Berlin - East Side Gallery

Popular things to do in Friedrichshain

Mercedes-Benz Arena
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Mercedes-Benz Arena

4/5(102 reviews)

Catch an event at Mercedes-Benz Arena during your trip to Berlin.Attend a football match or visit the notable monuments in this vibrant area.

East Side Gallery
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East Side Gallery

4.5/5(258 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.

Karl-Marx-Allee
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Karl-Marx-Allee

You can find out about the history of Berlin when you stop by Karl-Marx-Allee. Discover the fascinating museums and shops in this vibrant area.

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.

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.

Badeschiff
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Badeschiff

5/5(1 review)

You can take time to visit Badeschiff during your travels to Berlin. Experience the fascinating museums and acclaimed theatre scene in this vibrant area.

Top activities in Friedrichshain

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

76% of travellers recommend
£20
Per adult
Beriln: Food & Art in Funky Kreuzberg Small Group Tour
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Beriln: Food & Art in Funky Kreuzberg Small Group Tour

100% of travellers recommend
£59
Per adult
Friedrichshain Food Tour with Tastings
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Friedrichshain Food Tour with Tastings

98% of travellers recommend
£48
Per adult
Shore Excursion: Berlin Hop-on Hop-off
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Shore Excursion: Berlin Hop-on Hop-off

£21
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

86% of travellers recommend
£27
Per adult
Polaroid Street Art Photo Tour Berlin
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Polaroid Street Art Photo Tour Berlin

£47
Per adult

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