Friedrichshain offers some of the cities best food, nightlife and entertainment. As I was scouting locations for my new travel guide in Friedrichshain, I found a lot of gems in this Kiez. So here are my Top 5 activities in Friedrichshain. Little note on the side; if you rent a bike: it's by far the best way to get around.
This cinema with the striking neon lettering in the style of the 70s is located in Friedrichshain. The traditional house is one of the few cinemas in Berlin that have been able to maintain their viewing operations almost continuously since the beginning of the 20th century.
Founded in 1909 under the name LICHTSPIELE DES OSTENS as a typical retail cinema, it was one of the smallest cinemas in Berlin with originally 151 seats and was therefore nicknamed "Intimes Theater" from the very beginning. Then as now, this is to be understood in the best sense of the educational language and describes the still almost private character of cinema. Currently the KINO INTIMES has 83 comfortable seats in a hall with a cosy 70s flair.
Boxhagener Straße 107, 10245 Berlin (Friedrichshain), www.kino-intimes.de, Station: U5 Samariterstraße
On the weekends, this is probably Berlins most crowded area in Friedrichshain. Here you will find a playground with nearby cafés and playground. But that’s also what makes it great. There is also a water plansche here.
Boxhagener Platz, Grünberger Straße 75, 10245 Berlin (Friedrichshain), Station: U5 Samariterstraße
The East Side Gallery is an international memorial for freedom. The preserved 1,3 km-long section of the Berlin Wall now hosts murals by artists from around the world.
Mühlenstraße, 10243 Berlin (Friedrichshain), Station: U1, S5, S7, S75 Warschauer Straße, You could just walk along the wall or do a street art and graffiti tour with www.berlinkultour.de
A huge amazing green dragon is living here between the blocks in Friedrichshain. You can climb through its tail into the head. There is a also a small water fountain here.
Schreinerstraße 48, 10247 Berlin (Friedrichshain), Station: U5 Samariterstraße
The Kino International is a film theater in Berlin. It hosts a gay film night named Mongay every Monday.
Karl-Marx-Allee 33, 10178 Berlin (Friedrichshain), +49 30 24 75 60 11, www.yorck.de Station: U5 Schillingstraße
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