Oranienburger Strasse in Berlin Mitte is just a few blocks away from the Friedrichstrasse train station in the heart of historic East Berlin. There's probably not another street in the city that's more dedicated to young travelers than this. More than just a few hotel/hostels are located on the street or just around the corner. It is home to Tacheles, the arts center of the alternative crowd in old socialist GDR, as well as Neue Synagoge, the synagogue targeted to be burned by the Nazis on Kristallnacht. There is a remarkable concentration of eateries and bars that cater to the younger crowd, lots of ethnic food but also a great traditional Berlin meals, all within a couple of blocks. Lots of open air cafés, big sidewalks and still room for bikes. It's a 5-10 minute walk across the Spree River to Museum Island and/or the German Historic Museum on Unter den Linden, or to Bertolt Brecht's home museum. A streetcar connects from Friedrichstadtpalast variety show palace on one end to Hackischer Markt, the Hackischer Höfe and the old historic Jewish section of Berlin on the other. The one proviso: Oranienburger Strasse turns into "der Strich" at night with lots of ladies of the night in high leather boots plying the trade, so families and youth groups need to be prepared, but it's all very safe and friendly. If you can't find a meal or a bar you like on Oranienburger Strasse, you are beyond picky.
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