Friedrichshain, Berlin, Germany
Gritty FriedrichshainIt look me a solid four days in Berlin to discover this neighborhood. I was on the hunt for street art, which really isn't too difficult to find anywhere in Berlin, as it's such an integral part of the city's culture. I joined a street art walking tour that started in Mitte and ended in Kreuzberg at the East Side Gallery. Inspired by the amount of creative expression I was seeing, I decided to wander to the nearby neighborhood of Friedrichshain.
At first glance, the area didn't seem particularly special, but that soon changed. It became apparent that this was in many ways the "new Kreuzberg." Just as Kreuzberg had become the hip place to live years ago, that same effect was begging to trickle down here. The streets were relatively quiet and filled with mainly locals greeting each other and heading to one of the many bars, restaurants, and coffee shops that have opened here. The mix of old and new influences definitely gives the neighborhood a unique allure.