Pankow, Berlin - Locations and area guide
Guide to the Pankow area of Berlin, Germany
The Pankow area of Berlin, Germany is very popular with young tourists and students from the city. Tourists though are also likely to enjoy Pankow, as this region is one of the trendiest districts in the city. It boasts several hotels, furnished apartments, cafés, restaurants and nightclubs.
Pankow as it exists today came into being in 2001, when the German government merged three districts – Pankow, Prenzlauer Berg and Weissensee. The unification of the three districts saw the region undergo a metamorphosis, changing from a middle class district to an upscale and flamboyant neighbourhood.
Tourists in Pankow can visit the Kulturbrauerei, a well known old brewery that has been out of commission for a long time. The Kulturbrauerei area is highly recommended to tourists for its quaint cafes and shops. It is host to popular attractions like the Jazz Café, numerous cinemas which screen alternative movies and the Kesselhaus concert house.
Music enthusiasts should visit the Kesselhaus concert house which is rumoured to sell all kinds of musical instruments. Also worth a visit is the synagogue nestled in Pankow; this building is one of the largest synagogues in Germany and Mauerpark, and is known for its historical significance, having once been the site of part of the Berlin Wall.
The Mauerpark Sunday Flea market is a good place to go shopping for souvenirs. Frequented by locals and tourists for bargain buys, this market sells everything from of vintage clothing to rare vinyls. The market is open until five in the evening, even on Sundays.
If you are travelling with children, pay a visit to the Kleine Eiszeit for a delicious ice-cream treat. Adults may prefer a trip to Prater, the oldest beer garden in Pankow.
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