The neighbourhood was developed at the end of 19th century as a district for working-class but after the World War II the area was mostly inhabited by artists, intellectuals, students and alternative types. Due to that background Prenzlauer Berg used to be a starting point of many (mostly peaceful) protests in the times of German Democratic Republic and the Gethsemane Church located in this district served as the informal center for opponents of the East German regime. The peak of the events happened in the night of November 9th, 1989 when thousands of people gathered at the checkpoint in Bornholmer Strasse and forced the authorities to open the gates and let people go to West Berlin. What happened in this night and in this location lead to the fall of the Berlin Wall, the event that has changed the history of Europe.
25 years later the beautiful, colorful, five-story houses make a perfect scenery for the relaxed, bohemian vibe and the most wanted addresses in the city. And I can’t blame all these people dreaming of living in Prenzlauer Berg. Even if half of my time in Prenzlauer Berg was spent in rain the neighbourhood was still very lively and full of people. Life must be really good there with all the awesome possibilities around. Prenzlauer Berg reminded me a lot of Saska Kępa – a neighbourhood I live in Warsaw – and maybe this is also the reason I liked it there so much. Well, just take a look at how beautiful and cozy this Berlin district is!
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