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Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo

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This guide may sound weird to some people, but it just wants to be a path through a very bad period of our age and the list of the places where a lost generation were used to be. The guide is about Berlin and the places told in the book by Christiane F., Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo, but despite it has reach fame through a book in Berlin, at the time the problem was common to the whole Europe. The guide does not want at all be a stimulus to search for drugs nor to use them, just an historical research about the book and the protagonist. Also because everything is up to 40 years ago. In any case if you are as mad as me about Berlin and it's history you should not miss it and it's a good exploration of the whole West Berlin. The places in this guide have been extracted from the book, the list is not complete because some places are not listed on Tripadvisor; most of the places have changed in these 40 years, some are not there any more, and the problems and the situations described in the books are not present any more, at least not in the same way, it's just a list of places where the protagonist has been and has spent her time during her early teens.

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  • History Buff
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Like a Local

11 Places

3 City Tips

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11 Places

Gropius Passagen

Gift & Speciality Shops

Kreuzberg

Neighbourhoods

Kurfurstendamm (Kurfurstendam)

Points of Interest & Landmarks, Parks

Ernst-Reuter-Platz

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Potsdamer Platz

Points of Interest & Landmarks, Neighbourhoods

Cafe Kranzler

Restaurants

Europa-Center

Shopping Malls

Kaufhaus des Westens (KaDeWe)

Department Stores

Stadtpark Steglitz

Parks

Schoneberg

Neighbourhoods

Berlin Zoological Garden

Zoos, Aquariums

Wallyontravel's City Tips

  • In Berlin bring some cash, credit cards are not always welcome.
  • As many of the places are on or along U-bahn stations it's worth to make a transports multi-day ticket, because you will run through the whole West Berlin
  • Those places should not be problematic any more, but, for your safety, visit them during the day.
  • Gropius Passagen
    Gift & Speciality Shops
    Wallyontravel Says:

    This shopping mall, at the U-bahn station Gropius Passage is very close, where Christiane lived at the time when her problems with drugs started, the big buildings in from tof the mall are the ones that you cans ee in the initial scene of the movie

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Have a walk in the Lippschitzalle which is in the nearby, just more easty, where Christiane spent some time working at the horse riding school
    • Another place you might see is the small park at the crossroad with Koelner damm and Ringslebenstrasse, where she used to play, very close to the Wall
    • Walk around the blocks just to see how they are, thought something has changed since that time
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #112 of 323 Shopping in Berlin
    • Very bad mall 29/09/2016
    • Wie immer schön 30/05/2019
    • Gropius Passagen
    Address:
    Johannisthaler Chaussee 317
    12351 Berlin
    Germany
    Phone:
    +49 30 67066640
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    10:00 - 20:00
    Sat
    10:00 - 22:00
    Other:
  • Kreuzberg
    Neighbourhoods
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    Wallyontravel Says:

    At the time she lived here close to the Wall, now it is more a place for immigrants from the middle east but it still has its original rebel and nonconformist characteristics, and it is still considered one of the most brilliant places in the city.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • It may be a bit problematic at night, just pay some attention
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #61 of 996 things to do in Berlin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fantastic experience 04/06/2019
    • A wonderful "refreshing" neighbourhood 19/05/2019
    • Kreuzberg
    Other:
  • Kurfurstendamm (Kurfurstendam)
    Points of Interest & Landmarks, Parks
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    Wallyontravel Says:

    This luxury street with all its shops and restaurant at the time of the book was one of the major drug selling places of the city, where also Christiane was used to buy heroin. Now it's just a beautiful place.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #82 of 996 things to do in Berlin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Ku'Damm is great day and night. 13/06/2019
    • don't expect the Champs-Élysées 06/06/2019
    • Kurfurstendamm (Kurfurstendam)
    Other:
  • Ernst-Reuter-Platz
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
    Wallyontravel Says:

    This one now clean and safe was one of the places where they sold heroin at the time. There is not actually much to see now...

    Good for
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #852 of 996 things to do in Berlin
    • Under renovation 08/04/2019
    • A Square 12/12/2018
    • Ernst-Reuter-Platz
    Address:
    Ernst-Reuter-Platz
    10587 Berlin
    Germany
  • Potsdamer Platz
    Points of Interest & Landmarks, Neighbourhoods
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    Wallyontravel Says:

    From Potsdamer platz go to the Potsdamer strasse where at the time of Christiane's teen ages she were used to sell herself to be able to buy heroin, the road and the nearby Genthiner Strasse were the places of baby drug addict pronstitutes of the time. In the Genthiner Strasse there also was the Sound Discoteque, where she was used to stay during the weekends, and which was infamous for the drug scene at the time

    Good for
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #95 of 996 things to do in Berlin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Interesting 27/05/2019
    • Urban desighn highlight 22/05/2019
    • Potsdamer Platz
    Address:
    Potsdamer Platz
    Tiegarten
    10785 Berlin
    Germany
    Phone:
    +49 30 6883150
    Other:
  • Cafe Kranzler
    Restaurants
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    Wallyontravel Says:

    The cafe itself is absolutely innocent and completely foreign to the events, but Christiane and her friends went in the nearby to buy drugs in the Kurfuersterdamm

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • Enjoy the cafè's delicacies to relax a bit from the journey I'm pushing you in :)
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    • Excellent coffee hidden away 26/04/2018
    • Avoid 20/08/2017
    • Cafe Kranzler
    Address:
    Kurfurstendamm 18
    10719 Berlin
    10719 Berlin
    Germany
    Phone:
    +49 30 8826911
    Price range:
    US$4 - US$9
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 20:00
  • Europa-Center
    Shopping Malls
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    Wallyontravel Says:

    Like the cafe Kranzler the places is absolutely innocent and foreign to the events, but Christiane and her friends used to run through the shops and do some little vandalisms, and hide from the police in the nearby buildings

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #221 of 996 things to do in Berlin
    • Shopping mall 16/03/2019
    • Great for mid-range shopping 01/02/2019
    • Europa-Center
    Address:
    Breitscheidplatz 5
    10789 Berlin
    Germany
    Phone:
    +49 30 26497940
    Other:
  • Kaufhaus des Westens (KaDeWe)
    Department Stores
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    Wallyontravel Says:

    In this big shopping mall she and her friends were used to go there and steal from the women's toilets to collect some money to pay the drugs

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • If you are here, enjoy shopping!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #66 of 996 things to do in Berlin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Food Mecca 15/06/2019
    • Luxury Shopping & VAT with immediate cash back 05/06/2019
    • Kaufhaus des Westens (KaDeWe)
    Address:
    Tauentzienstr. 21 - 24
    10789 Berlin
    Germany
    Phone:
    +49 30 21210
    Hours:
    Mon - Thu
    10:00 - 20:00
    Fri
    10:00 - 21:00
    Sat
    09:30 - 20:00
    Other:
  • Stadtpark Steglitz
    Parks
    Wallyontravel Says:

    Stegliz was famous at the time for its U-bahn stations where it was common to sell drugs

    Good for
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #462 of 996 things to do in Berlin
    • Hübscher kleiner Park in Steglitz, trotz Schmierereien 19/04/2019
    • Kleine Oase 18/06/2018
    • Stadtpark Steglitz
    Address:
    Albrechtstrasse
    12247 Berlin
    Germany
    Phone:
    +49 30902 9958006173
    Other:
  • Schoneberg
    Neighbourhoods
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    Wallyontravel Says:

    This is the district where Babsi (Babette), Christiane's best friend lived at the time, and she became famous (unfortunately) to become the youngest heroin victim of Germany, at the joung age of 14

    Good for
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #153 of 996 things to do in Berlin
    • Cool area now 16/01/2019
    • Cool Area 18/12/2018
    • Schoneberg
    Other:
  • Berlin Zoological Garden
    Zoos, Aquariums
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    Wallyontravel Says:

    At the local station, Bahnhof Zoo, was where Christiane and her friends were used to stay most of their time, at night and also during the say to sell themselves to collect the money to buy drugs, luckily the situation has changed and the place is now clean

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #58 of 996 things to do in Berlin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A horrible zoo 14/06/2019
    • Amazing window on wildlife 13/06/2019
    • Berlin Zoological Garden
    Address:
    Hardenbergplatz 8
    10787 Berlin
    Germany
    Phone:
    +49 4930 254010
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 19:00
    Other:
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