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This walk through the most family-friendly neighborhood of Berlin focuses on shopping and great food and drink. Perfect for a weekend shopping spree, with plenty of opportunities to relax at one of the many sidewalk cafés.
The walk starts in an area that is officially still part of Mitte. There are many great places here to stop for coffee and breakfast or brunch, before walking up the Prenzlauer hill (Berg) that gave this neighborhood its name.
Along the way, the Zionskirche represents the rebellious reputation that this neighborhood once had. This church played an important part in the resistance during World War II, as well as in the uprising against the GDR regime during the 1980s. Several buildings on Kastanienallee bare witness to this era too, such as the anarchist café with its anti-capitalist slogan on the building facade.
After walking through the main shopping streets Kastanienallee, Oderbergerstraße, Pappelallee, and Stargarderstraße, you can relax on Helmholzplatz. Depending on the time of day, look for a place to sit in the sun at one of the many great sidewalk cafés.
After a drink, or a cup of coffee, finish your walk by strolling toward Kollwitzplatz, one of Berlin's most popular squares. Here, it's easy to see why this neighborhood is known for being family-friendly: Around 4pm the squares and playgrounds start to fill up with parents and children. There are plenty of places to enjoy a nice meal around Kollwitzplatz—a great way to end your day.