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Top Choice Club in Friedrichshain

Berghain/Panorama Bar

Only world-class spinmasters heat up this hedonistic bass-junkie hellhole inside a labyrinthine ex–power plant. Hard-edged minimal techno dominates the ex–turbine hall (Berghain) while house dominates at Panorama Ba…
Top Choice Landmark in Friedrichshain

East Side Gallery

The year was 1989. After 28 years, the Berlin Wall, that grim and grey divider of humanity, finally met its maker. Most of it was quickly dismantled, but along Mühlenstrasse, paralleling the Spree, a 1.3km stretch b…
Top Choice Club in Friedrichshain

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At this gritty multifloor party pen with lots of nooks and crannies, a steady line-up of top DJs feeds a diverse bunch of revellers dance-worthy electronic gruel. Intense club nights usually segue into the morning a…
Top Choice Club in Friedrichshain

Kater Blau

With the opening of Kater Blau, the Bar 25 crew returned to its original riverbank location. Once again a top roster of DJs, including stalwart residents Sven Dohse and Dirty Doering, showers freewheeling hipsters w…
Top Choice Wine Bar in Friedrichshain

Briefmarken Weine

For dolce vita right on socialist Karl-Marx-Allee, head to this charmingly nostalgic Italian wine bar ensconced in a former stamp shop. The original wooden cabinets cradle a hand-picked selection of Italian bottles …
Top Choice Park in Friedrichshain

Volkspark Friedrichshain

Berlin’s oldest public park has provided relief from urbanity since 1840, but has been hilly only since the late 1940s when wartime debris was piled up here to create two 'mountains' – the taller one, Mont Klamott, …
Bar in Friedrichshain

Haubentaucher

Behind the brick walls of the graffiti-festooned RAW Gelände hides this ingenious urban beach club with industrial charm and Med-flair. At its heart is a good-size heated outdoor swimming pool wrapped in a wooden su…
Austrian in Friedrichshain

Schönbrunn

Watch snow-white swans drift around their pond at this fairy-tale setting in the middle of Volkspark Friedrichshain while tucking into Austrian fare with Mediterranean touches. If you're not in the mood for the form…
Club in Friedrichshain

Magdalena

This venerable club has found refuge in an historic harbour generating plant, which also had a stint as a newspaper office. After a total makeover, the venue now has a state-of-the-art Pioneer DJ Pro Audio System po…
International in Friedrichshain

Fame Restaurant

From the homemade bread to the wicked crème brûlée, dining at this carefully designed ramshackle space under the U-Bahn tracks is very much a Berlin experience. Run by the legendary Bar 25/Katerschmaus folks, Fame f…