We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Safety in Prenzlauer Berg and Kreuzberg in Berlin

Hong Kong, China
Level Contributor
4 posts
8 reviews
Save Topic
Safety in Prenzlauer Berg and Kreuzberg in Berlin

Hello! I am going to visit Berlin in a month with two of my friends. This is our first time. We are looking for a place to stay.

We are choosing from AMANO Hotel in Mitte or apartments in Prenzlauer Berg or Kreuzberg.

We tend to choose the apartment because we want to have a true taste of Berliner's life. However, we've heard that some parts of Berlin can be xenophobic or even have the chance to encounter neo-nazis. We want to hear more about the safety of the following locations in terms of tourists stay over.

1. Rykestraße in Prenzlauer Berg

2. Planufer in Kreuzberg

3. Schwedter Straße in Prenzlauer Berg

Besides, any safety rules for Berlin's visitors?

Thank you very much!

London, United...
Level Contributor
17,489 posts
10 reviews
Save Reply
1. Re: Safety in Prenzlauer Berg and Kreuzberg in Berlin

You would be completely safe at any of these three locations. Planufer is one of the nicest streets in Berlin: beautiful apartment buildings on the bank of the Landwehr Canal, and the Turkish market around the corner in Maybachufer. The two Prenzlauerberg address are fine too. Don't worry. Berlin is a multicultural city, and a very safe one.

I'm not sure what you mean by safety rules. Could you explain?

As this is your first visit, it might be better for you stay in a hotel, rather than an apartment, so that you have the services of a reception desk in case you have questions, or need help. The Amano has a good reputation, and is in a very good area, close to many of the sights you're likely to want to see.

But if you really want to stay in an apartment, you could compromise by choosing an apartment hotel, of which there are a number: that would give you the space and facilities of an apartment, and the service of a hotel. The Adina Apart-hotels are good, and the Circus Hotel has apartments.

Edited: 01 March 2014, 16:01
Barcelona, Spain
Destination Expert
for Barcelona, Berlin
Level Contributor
19,774 posts
7 reviews
Save Reply
2. Re: Safety in Prenzlauer Berg and Kreuzberg in Berlin

Rykestrasse is near Kollwitzplatz, the yuppy heart of Prenzlauer Berg. Schwedter Strasse is a more ordinary street, with a Lidl discount supermarket on it as well as a couple of vintage shops plus some cafes and restaurants. It intersects with Kastanienallee another trendy street but slightly more "alternative", and with trams taking you down to Hackescher Markt, Friedrichstrasse and Museum Island. From both locations you have U_Bahn line 2 at Senefelder Platz (or depending on where exactly on Schewdter Strasse, U8 at bernauer Strasse might be nearer).

I think it's a nice area but maybe for a first visit somewhere even more central might be better (the places Alabstron mentions)

Edited: 01 March 2014, 19:19
London, United...
Destination Expert
for Berlin
Level Contributor
5,836 posts
81 reviews
Save Reply
3. Re: Safety in Prenzlauer Berg and Kreuzberg in Berlin

Berlin is quite a cosmopolitan city with large Turkish and Vietnamese communities. The only parts of the city where foreigners may feel "unsafe" are not areas where tourists are likely to go to, and even then I think reputation is likely to be worse than reality.

In terms of personal safety, exercise the same precautions you would in HK and you'll be fine.

Hong Kong, China
Level Contributor
4 posts
8 reviews
Save Reply
4. Re: Safety in Prenzlauer Berg and Kreuzberg in Berlin

Thank you for all of your replies! We've decided to take your advice to stay in AMANO this time. We'll try one of the districts mentioned during the next visit in Berlin. The safety advice has relieved us. Cheers!

5. Re: Safety in Prenzlauer Berg and Kreuzberg in Berlin

-:- Message from TripAdvisor staff -:-

This topic has been closed to new posts due to inactivity. We hope you'll join the conversation by posting to an open topic or starting a new one.

To review the TripAdvisor Forums Posting Guidelines, please follow this link: http://www.tripadvisor.com/pages/forums_posting_guidelines.html

We remove posts that do not follow our posting guidelines, and we reserve the right to remove any post for any reason.

Removed on: 06 March 2015, 07:19