Schlesisches Tor probably is the most alternative part of Kreuzberg. During the Cold War nobody wanted to live in this area. It was so close to the Berlin Wall, the inhabitants could nearly touch the brutal piece of concrete from their bedroom window. After the Berlin Wall fell, the area remained ontouched for a very long time. It became the ideal place to lay low and create the best alternative art and music of Berlin.
Schlesisches Tor: raw area
When we first came to Berlin and walked through Kreuzberg, the area around Schlesisches Tor was pretty raw. There were not many bars yet and the streets were covered with graffiti. Quite a contrast with nearby Friedrichshain, where hipsters had already discovered the raw charm of the district. The people living near Schlesisches Tor didn’t really care. For them, it was the perfect quite spot to create great alternative art and music. The rents were low, the studios battered. The perfect hidden gem to thrive and make beautiful raw graffiti or a new tune. There were no yuppie couples with toddlers complaining and demanding you to be quite. In the last couple of years, the area around Schlesisches Tor has become better well known by tourists as well, but it still remained the interesting area it once was, right after the Berlin Wall fell.
Great graffiti at Schlesisches Tor
If you walk around Schlesisches Tor you will find very interesting graffiti. They even sprayed it on large parts of entire apartment blocks, so you will need some time to look at all the fascinating details. The best graffiti is a huge man, made by tiny men, trying to gobble up the little creatures he is made of, or a tired looking dude with a yellow head.
Music at Schlesisches Tor
Don’t be surprised if you go out in this area and see people dancing at the U-bahn. The inhabitants of Schlesisches Tor simply love music. They just use their mobile phones and dance the night away while they wait for the metro to take them elsewhere. It might have something to do with the great clubs in this area, such as Watergate, Lido or Club der Visionaire. But if you are more into kitschy bars, Schlesisches Tor also is a place to be. Try Konrad Tonzbar, for example. The kitschy antique armchairs are perfect for a relaxed evening.
Food at Schlesisches Tor
The area around Schlesisches Tor is not only well known for the music and great graffiti, but also for its interesting mixture of German and middle eastern food, such as Nest. And of course, some restaurants are in very remarkable spots. Such as Burgermeister. They are situated in an old toilet, where they make the best burgers of Schlesisches Tor.