R.A.W. Friedrichshain: Graffiti on crumbling walls
This part along the river Spree is R.A.W. Raw, because this area in Friedrichshain is half in ruins and covered with beautiful graffiti. And raw, because it used to be the ReichsbahnAusbesserungsWerk. In these factories the GDR trains were repaired and maintained. In the good old times 20.000 people worked on the mighty steel of the trains. In some cities, you want to start running when the buildings lost their function and are gone to pieces but R.A.W. makes you stay. Thank god they didn’t do anything else with this place yet. The area vibrates with stunning street art, good, underground music from Cassiopeia, Astra and Szimpla and exhibitions from numerous artists.
There is also a kid’s circus, climbing walls, and a skateboarding area near the crumbling walls. In the pieces with a roof are small design studios and photographers too. On the walls outside big pink fish look down upon the visitors with their large eyes, along with penguins and captains with large mustaches. The graffiti makes you walk around for hours, looking for your favorite spot of sprayed art. If you are more into shopping than graffiti, the Sunday flea market and beer garden are very interesting as well. You can find R.A.W. at Revalerstrasse 99. Not rough and raw enough for you? Berlin has a lot of abandoned sites. Check the cool website Abandoned Berlin for more ‘betreten verboten’ signs.
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At Friedrichshain there is still 1.3 kilometer of painted concrete at the East Side Gallery. Including beautiful art works of the Trabant and the ‘deathly kiss’ of Soviet Leader Brezjnev and East-German leader Honecker. Although a lot of artwork has been restored a couple of years ago, recently a building company tore down a few slabs of Berlin Wall to make way for a luxurious apartment building near the river Spree.
The Oberbaumbrucke is the main bridge between Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain. 364 days a year crossing this beautiful bridge to the other side of the Spree is a great thing to do. But once a year nobody cares about the great architecture, the small towers and elegant arches. Once a year hell breaks loose.
the Karl Marx Allee is a street you will never forget after you’ve seen it. If you walk along Karl Marx Allee you’ll feel small like an ant. The buildings are called workers palaces. And like castles made by the rich and famous, they are also lavishly decorated and made to impress and make people look small and humble.
Friedrichshain has a lot of groovy, interesting bars. Students know their way around this area to go clubbing and dancing in Berghain and Cassiopeia. But Friedrichshain has more to offer. For example bars where you can buy the furniture you sit on or home made beer, lemonade, cakes and cider. And others where you can dance as well as play table football.
In Friedrichshain you can find no nonsense food for bargain prices. Even the local bakery near Boxhagener Platz makes really good cheesecake. Not a coincidence. This square buzzes with great little restaurants from all over the world.