Kreuzberg part of the combined Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg borough located south of Mitte, is one of the best-known areas of Berlin. Kreuzberg consists of two different parts, the south-eastern SO 36 and the south-west SW 61. These designations refer to the old postal codes for the two areas in West Berlin. Kreuzberg has emerged from its history as one of the poorest quarters in Berlin in the late 1970s, where it was an isolated section of West Berlin to one of Berlin’s cultural centers in the middle of the reunified city The borough is known for its very large percentage of immigrants and second-generation immigrants, many of whom are of Turkish ancestry. While Kreuzberg thrives on its diverse cultures and is still an attractive area for many, the district is also characterized by high levels of unemployment and some of the lowest average incomes in Berlin.
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Along the bank of the Landwehr Canal are several very beautiful and spacious cafes with terraces (such as Ubersee). Opposite, and highly popular at the moment, is Ankerklause at Kottbusser Bridge, a scene meeting-place that also fulfill your gastronomic dreams. If you follow the canal westwards from here, along the lovely riverbank (Planufer) you come to the big cafe restaurant Vienna Art near Admiralbrucke. On the riverbank opposite the theater boat Theaterschiff TAU is Statthaus Bocklerpark with interesting events for young people and a halfpipe next door. The open-air swimming pool Prinzenbad (open in summer) is close by. If you fancy a bit more green space now, walk down Grimmstrabe and Kortestrabe and you’ll reach the big park, the Hasenheide.