Not surprisingly, in 1890 bread was baked in the Brotfabrik with its remarkable yellow bricks. But the new owner in 1952 was not that into communist bread and fled to West-Berlin, like many other East-Germans. After that no more sweet rolls or rye breads were baked here. In 1986 the Brotfabrik it became a youth club for the art school of the Berlin quarter Weissensee.
Brotfabrik after the Wende
After the Wende the former factory got a new focus. The Brotfabrik became a house of culture. You can watch art films and documentaries in the small cinema. Or you may go to the theatre. It’s also possible to dance or visit an exposition to see pictures of East Berlin, before the Wende.
There are also workshops in the former factory and its hosts small concerts full of improvisation. If you are not that into culture, only go to the Kneipe that’s also worth a visit and drink a beer with the locals. www.brotfabrikberlin.de
Big bellied Neptune welcomes you at the facade of Stadtbad Prenzlauer Berg. It’s no longer possible to swim at the district’s swimming pool due to cracks in the pool. Still, Stadtbad Prenzlauer Berg is the place to be in Prenzelberg. Have you ever seen such beautiful sea creatures like turtles,fish and octopuses swim on a Berlin wall?
Berlin has many places to drink large wheat beers, but the best Berlin biergarten definitely is the Prater at the Kastanienallee. The beer garden is surrounded by chestnut trees and young people sit next to elderly people on wobbly benches to drink a beer and eat sausages, while toddlers run around. It is a small haven in the busy streets of Prenzelberg.
The Kulturbrauerei was a vibrant place, back in 1842. Rattling bottles were filled to the brim with beer and people ran to make sure all thirsty Berliners got a sip of their favorite brew. Today it is still easy to spot where the bottles were made and filled and the beer brewed. But nowadays they brew culture at the Kulturbrauerei.
Dicke Hermann is one of the landmarks of Prenzlauer Berg. When you enter the Rykestrasse the tall, yellow brick tower is hard to miss. The tower is remarkable for it’s size, but also for it’s history. Dicke Hermann was built in 1856 to provide the inhabitants with water. In 1933 it became a sinister location. Local Nazi’s used the engine room to torture people.
When the Berlin Wall was build, it ran right through the lives of Berliners in the area of Bernauer Strasse. The Bernauer Strasse was right in the middle of the border. When the Berlin Wall was erected in 1961, the entrance of a few buildings was in the East. But if the inhabitants looked out of their windows, they saw West Berlin right beneath them.
The Mauerpark was no man’s land near the Berlin Wall. It’s hard to imagine nobody being able to walk or stroll here if you know what it looks right today. Children sled down the hill and in the summertime they swing here. On Sundays there is a famous flee market with vintage clothes and granny furniture. Only the colorful remains of the Berlin Wall remind of the old days.