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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.

a pretty vespa

a pretty vespa

the famous Leviathan mural

the famous Leviathan mural

a  stripy welcome when you cross the Oberbaum bridge

a stripy welcome when you cross the Oberbaum bridge

some local art

some local art

think someone forgot their coffee

think someone forgot their coffee

graffiti inspired by Berlin illustrator Heinrich Zille (1858-1929)

graffiti inspired by Berlin illustrator Heinrich Zille (1858-1929)

a stack of chairs

a stack of chairs

big yella

big yella

balcony flags

balcony flags

flags

a pretty bike

a pretty bike

remembering something

remembering something

church fence

church fence

lion_church

vintage window

vintage window

playground in the Goerlitzer Park

playground in the Goerlitzer Park

bees making Kreuzberg honey

bees making Kreuzberg honey

loving music

loving music

steps

steps

bottle cap art

bottle cap art

a balcony in Kreuzberg

a balcony in Kreuzberg

inside a t-shirt shop

inside a t-shirt shop

a lamppost collecting posters

a lamppost collecting posters

the Bethanien, originally a hospital (poet Theodor Fontane worked as a pharmacist here) now an art-center

the Bethanien, originally a hospital (poet Theodor Fontane worked as a pharmacist here) now an art-center

cart and bottle

cart and bottle

inside the Bethanien

inside the Bethanien

a cheerful hall

a cheerful hall

a cute bird

a cute bird

a side door

a side door

window art on a squatters van

window art on a squatters van

a jaguar on a jeep

a jaguar on a jeep

this hasn't been moved in a while ... squaters district

this hasn’t been moved in a while … squaters district

al fresco cooking

al fresco cooking

squatters living-room

squatters living-room

peeking through

peeking through

some interesting architecture

some interesting architecture

where old meets new

where old meets new

fountain

fountain

bed of roses

bed of roses

an old town house

an old town house

planting herbs in the Prinzessinnengaerten (Princess Gardens) , a tiny community oases on the Moritzplatz

planting herbs in the Prinzessinnengaerten (Princess Gardens) , a tiny community oases on the Moritzplatz

clever planting pot

clever planting pot

recycle a cycle

recycle a cycle

bike sculpture

bike sculpture

bee hilton

bee hilton

waiting for the stars to come out

waiting for the stars to come out

angry bird wanting food

angry bird

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