The area around Marheinekeplatz and the Bergmannstr. “Kietz” (a german word for “neighbourhood”) is defined by its trendy cafés, international cuisine, and quaint shops— particularly antique shops. Located in the centre of the square, Marheinekehalle is one of the last market halls in all of Berlin. This traditional shopping destination is complete with food stalls offering a wide variety of international cuisine, produce, local specialities, and more. This sweeping 3,000sqm space often houses art installations and is the home of radio station multicult.fm. Those looking to satisfy their hunger or take in some culture are sure to find a plethora of things to suit their tastes at this bustling Berliner market hall.
Many of the buildings located around Marheinekeplatz maintain the original Wilhelminian-style architecture which was popularized during the turn of the 19th century. Typically between four and five stories high, the Wilhelminian-style buildings were characterized by their multi-family occupancy potential and additional rear and side wings positioned around an inner courtyard. Luckily, many of these historic architectural relics remain fully intact, suffering only minor damage during WWII. Since then, many of the building interiors have been renovated to accommodate the style and function of the time. The elegant exterior façades create a historically rich backdrop which only adds to the charm and beauty of the neighbourhood.
During the month of June, Bergmannstr. is closed to traffic so that visitors and people from the area can enjoy the annual Bergmanstraßenfest. The street-fair dates back to 1994 and celebrates the vibrancy and diversity of the Bergmannstr. Kietz. Stall after stall of delectable food and drink line the street and music of all genres can be enjoyed at any of the 4 performance stages. This family-friendly block party is just one example of the exciting music and cultural events this area has to offer.