Among the numerous shops, cafés and restaurants, Bergmannstr. 71, as well as the Passionskirche (Passion church), are two of the most recognizable landmarks of Marheinekeplatz. Bergmannstr. originally got its name from Marie Louise Bergmann – an affluent woman who owned much of the area surrounding the street. Before it held its current title, the street was known as Weinbergsweg due to the vineyards that stretched all the way up to the Tempelhofer hills.
Our building – a former post office – was fortunately left unscathed during WWII. This was primarily due to its close proximity to the Tempelhof airport which at the end of the war was being occupied by ally forces. During this time, Bergmannstr. was a mostly working-class residential area. Once the Berlin Wall was constructed in the early 60’s, Bergmannstr. remained a quaint neighbourhood in West Berlin.
Shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Bergmannstr. blossomed into a popular promenade bursting at the seams with cafés, restaurants, food stalls and boutiques. In recent years, this area has become a frequented destination for both Berliners and visitors alike hoping to get a feel for the vibrancy that makes the Bergmannstr. Kietz so special. Seeing as almost all of the building façades remain intact, the ornate architectural details hold so much of Berlin’s history.