Lo Scheunenviertel, in Italian neighborhood of the granaries, is one of the oldest and most charismatic areas of Berlin. Wandering aimlessly through its streets, you are surprised at every corner: relaxing courtyards alternate with noisy clubs and art galleries. Fountains, boutiques, XNUMXth century ballrooms - at the Scheunenviertel all of this is within a kilometer radius.
Origin of the name
The strange name of the neighborhood derives from the fact that centuries ago it was located outside the city walls, and it was here that the granaries to store grain and hay which were then traded at the Alexanderplatz market.
Until 1990 the neighborhood was abandoned to itself, but today it is experiencing a real second youth. It is the meeting point of the Berlin creatives, its cafes and bars are full of life, the locals love to sit at a small table and spend hours and hours, even to work or even in meetings. This vibrant atmosphere metropolitan and cosmopolitan it has grown even more after the construction of excellent hotels such as the Casa Camper, the Weinmeister and the Soho House.
A good place to start exploring the Scheuneviertel district is the square of the S-Bahn station Hackescher Markt, richly decorated and one of only two stations in Berlin left in its original red brick construction. In the summer months, locals and tourists storm the open-air café tables of this car-free square, while street performers create a truly unique atmosphere. Meanwhile, every Thursday and Sunday a market of fresh agricultural products is held.
A tour of the Scheuneviertel cannot be separated from a stop in one of the many cafes, design boutiques or Art gallery classic or modern. After dark, the Weimar republic comes to life again Chamaleon Variety, while dancing until the morning at Sophienclub.
Art lovers, meanwhile, will find delight along Auguststrasse and Linienstrasse, to the north of the district: it is here that the Berlin art scene revived after the fall of the wall. There are numerous art galleries such as Eigen Art, Neugeriemschneider and Kicken. Private collections are also rampant; there Hoffman Collection for example, located in a former factory, it was the first to open in 1997, followed by many others including the Me Collectors Room, which exhibits curiosities and works of art from the 16th century to the present.