Today the weather in Berlin is a little grey, big clouds covering up the sky so I have decided to stay in and relax. However yesterday I wandered around Kreuzberg, enjoying the slight drop in temperature and the hodgepodge of sights and life this are has to offer.
Unlike most area in Berlin Kreuzberg didn’t grow from a village but was founded in 1920 by the Greater Berlin Act that reorganized Berlin into 20 boroughs. Most of Kreuzburg was entirely destroyed during WWII. After the War rents were regulated which kept the cost of living cheap and made it not very attractive for investment.
The Wall didn’t just divide Berlin in two but nearly isolated Kreuzberg from the rest of West Berlin. But the low rent attracted lots of immigrants, students and artist creating a vibrant multicultural environment in the 60s. In the 70s it was one of the poorest quarters in Berlin. And out of this grew a lot of radical thinking which resulted in Riots in the mid 80s.
When the Wall fell Kreuzberg suddenly found itself in the middle of Berlin again. It’s initially cheap rents attracted an even wider variety of residents and is now the home to the youngest population of any European borough.
Kreuzberg is filled with Graffiti, alternative cafes and shops and a variety of architecture. It is exciting and interesting, a little dirty and a photographers dream.