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LichtenbergBerlin

Extending east from the popular Friedrichshain district of Berlin is a utilitarian residential neighborhood with some of East Berlin’s most curious landmarks.

Removed from the crowds and glamour of central Berlin, this largely residential neighborhood holds the key to the sinister side of East Germany. Tour Lichtenberg to see its Soviet-style architecture, sprawling housing projects and elaborate headquarters of the East German secret police, the Stasi. Reasonably undeveloped since the fall of the wall, Lichtenberg offers intriguing insight into the former country and a somber reminder of the atrocities committed by its authorities.

Reach Lichtenberg aboard the M6 or M8 trams for a true East Berlin experience. Only the eastern side of the wall has trams while the former West Berlin depends on a system of buses. Look at the towering housing projects that dominate the sides of Lichtenberg’s wide streets. The area underwent rapid development during the 1970s and today remains a great example of DDR architecture.

Visit two of Berlin’s most haunting historic sites, dedicated to the history of the Stasi. The former headquarters of the secret police has been converted into a comprehensive museum following the demise of East Germany. Visit the Stasimuseum in House 1 of the headquarters to explore a permanent exhibit called State Security in the SED Dictatorship.

Find the former Stasi prison a bit north to learn about the cruel and secretive conditions in which prisoners were kept. Converted to a memorial in 1994, the Hohenschonhausen is today a moving and important historical site. Glance inside the tiny cells where prisoners were confined and learn many of their stories.

Lift your spirits with a trip to Berlin’s lesser-known zoo. Tierpark Berlin was the largest zoo in East Germany and remains among the largest zoos by area in Europe. See more than 6,500 animals from more than 750 species as you explore the park.

Lichtenberg’s diverse population presents varied cuisines to sample as you explore the area. Considered East Berlin’s Chinatown, the area is a hub for Asian restaurants. Enter the cavernous Dong Xuan Center for traditional Vietnamese street food and a bustling environment.

Top hotels in Lichtenberg

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
SMARTments business Berlin Karlshorst
SMARTments business Berlin Karlshorst
3.5 out of 5
Treskowallee 115, Berlin

Located in Lichtenberg, this apartment building is within 3 miles (5 km) of Tierpark Berlin, Kindl-Buhne Wuhlheide and FEZ Berlin. East Side Gallery and Mercedes-Benz ...

4.4/5Excellent! (42 reviews)
Halls of hell

"Convenient. Well laid out. Atrociously small and clinical hallways. If you want to feel like you are in a psychiatric ward, come here. Everytime I was in the halls, I wanted to get to my room as fast as possible. The rooms have a sense of warmth but the halls.... the halls. Run from those halls."…"

Reviewed on 4 Nov 2019

SMARTments business Berlin Karlshorst
a&o Berlin Kolumbus
a&o Berlin Kolumbus
2.5 out of 5
Genslerstraße 18, Berlin
The price is £32 per night

Located in Lichtenberg, this hotel is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Velodrom and within 6 miles (10 km) of East Side Gallery and Mercedes-Benz Arena. Berlin TV Tower ...

3.5/5Good! (557 reviews)
Good Value For $ - Gr8 service team :)

"Wonderful reception desk personnel! We declined housekeeping when we checked-in & were comped 2 drinks -we chose the beer :) The bldg has been totally reno'd since our last stay. The reserved parking is reasonably priced, but free, local street parking wasn't too hard to find. This is a dog-friendly ..."…"

Reviewed on 27 Feb 2020

a&o Berlin Kolumbus
Holi Hostel Hotel
Holi Hostel Hotel
2 out of 5
Wönnichstr. 69-71, Berlin, BE
The price is £44 per night

Located in Lichtenberg, this hostel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Tierpark Berlin, East Side Gallery and Mercedes-Benz Arena. Treptower Park and Oberbaum Bridge ...

4.3/5Excellent! (107 reviews)

"Location: 10min walk from Lichtenburg S+U, N94 stops nearby. Very close to REWE supermarket, open Mo-Sa 7-23.30! Booked a room with shared WC, bathroom was ok and clean, number of WCs may not be enough during high season. Room simple but modern, no fridge in rooms/on floor. Breakfast ok, served between ..."…"

Reviewed on 26 Nov 2019

Holi Hostel Hotel
City Hotel Berlin East
City Hotel Berlin East
Landsberger Allee 203, Berlin, BE
The price is £50 per night

Located in Lichtenberg, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Velodrom, Mercedes-Benz Arena and East Side Gallery. Torstrasse and Oberbaum Bridge are also within ...

3.6/5Good! (1,576 reviews)
nice place

"It was easy to reach hotel and the quality was way good compared to its price. Staff was helpful and friendly. I’d stay here again."…"

Reviewed on 21 Jan 2020

City Hotel Berlin East
Hotel Karlshorst
Hotel Karlshorst
3 out of 5
Treskowallee 89, Berlin, BE
The price is £32 per night

Located in Lichtenberg, this hotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Tierpark Berlin and within 3 miles (5 km) of Kindl-Buhne Wuhlheide and FEZ Berlin. East Side Gallery ...

3.1/5 (541 reviews)

"For the very cheap price that I paid, this hotel was better than I was expecting. Everything was basic but was clean and worked."…"

Reviewed on 13 Jun 2019

Hotel Karlshorst
Abacus Tierpark Hotel Berlin
Abacus Tierpark Hotel Berlin
4 out of 5
Franz-Mett-Str. 3-9, Berlin, BE
The price is £63 per night

Located in Lichtenberg, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Tierpark Berlin and within 6 miles (10 km) of East Side Gallery and Mercedes-Benz Arena. Berlin TV ...

4/5Very Good! (555 reviews)

"The hotel was clean and the staff were helpful and friendly, the room or studio was very large and comfortable. The only negatives that concerned us was that there was no tea or coffee facilities in the room although there was a machine in the lobby that was 9 floors below our room. The other issue ..."…"

Reviewed on 17 Oct 2019

Abacus Tierpark Hotel Berlin

Popular places to visit in Lichtenberg

Friedrichsfelde Palace
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Friedrichsfelde Palace

Learn about the local history of Berlin when you take a trip to Friedrichsfelde Palace. Experience the fascinating museums and acclaimed art galleries in this family-friendly area.

Alexanderplatz
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Alexanderplatz

4/5(1,068 reviews)

With its stark, 1960s layout, “Alex” is a showcase of Communist-era architecture and a lively central meeting place for locals.

Potsdamer Platz
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Potsdamer Platz

4/5(889 reviews)

Berliners come to celebrate their city in this public square, which was leveled during World War II and isolated in the Cold War.

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.Experience the entertainment choices and acclaimed theatre scene in this vibrant area.

Brandenburg Gate
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Brandenburg Gate

4.5/5(1,133 reviews)

This symbol of German unification ranks alongside Paris' Arc de Triomphe as one of Europe’s most iconic and emotive monuments.

Berlin TV Tower
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Berlin TV Tower

4.5/5(657 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 things to do in Lichtenberg

The Underground Music of East Berlin: City Exploration Game
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The Underground Music of East Berlin: City Exploration Game

£9
Per adult
Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Memorial Full-Day Tour
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Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Memorial Full-Day Tour

92% of travellers recommend
£17
Per adult
Skip-the-Line & Dine at Hard Rock Cafe Berlin
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Skip-the-Line & Dine at Hard Rock Cafe Berlin

88% of travellers recommend
£19
Per adult
City Center Half-Day Walking Tour
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City Center Half-Day Walking Tour

94% of travellers recommend
£14
Per adult
Berlin Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Berlin Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

74% of travellers recommend
£19
Per adult
Sachsenhausen Memorial Tour from Berlin
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Sachsenhausen Memorial Tour from Berlin

92% of travellers recommend
£16
Per adult

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Tiergarten which includes heritage architecture and heritage elements

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