A cultural-historical stroll through Prenzlauer Berg
Probably one of the most maligned areas of Berlin, Prenzlauer Berg has a reputation for being charming, boring and packed with yuppie families. But scratch beneath the surface and you’ll find a unique and fascinating history, abundant traces of which still exist all around – if you know where to look.
“Prenzlauer Berg: Beyond The Clichés” draws on historical research, eyewitness accounts, personal interviews as well as architecture, music and film to tell the story of the district’s transition from sleepy backwater to the breezy, cosmopolitan neighbourhood it is today, via turbulent decades of being both war-torn and wall-torn.
Along the way you’ll see and hear about parts of Prenzlauer Berg you won’t find in the guidebooks: it’s beginnings as a windmill-strewn farmland, the rise of its behemoth breweries and rapid expansion of its worker districts and urban infrastructure in the late 19th century, as well as its role in the city’s turbulent 20th century, from sites of Stasi torture and SS execution, bullet-riddled courtyards, its long-forgotten Jewish community, and its crucial role as a hotbed of dissidence in the GDR era.
You’ll discover, in fact, that Prenzlauer Berg’s past is anything but boring…
About The Tour Leader
Paul Sullivan is a writer, photographer and the founder of Slow Travel Berlin. He has written several guidebooks about Berlin – including the Rough Guide to Berlin, Wallpaper Berlin, and National Geographic’s Walking Berlin – and abundant articles for The Guardian, The Sunday Times, The Telegraph, National Geographic UK, Afar.com and more.
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