Bike Touring Highlight
Kreuzberg Mix: Block after block of apartment buildings was built to accommodate the people who streamed into Berlin. Bricks were shipped over Brandenburg’s waterways to the city. By 1900 a distinctive blend of residential and commercial space resulted that was given the name Kreuzberger Mischung, or Kreuzberg Mix. Facing the street were buildings with high-end rental apartments featuring maids’ rooms and separate staircases for servants. The back courtyards (German Höfe), however, provided space for various craftsmen to ply their trade. One of the side buildings here even still includes the old horse stable which was a mainstay of 19th- and early-20th-century apartment buildings. Cowsheds were also standard, to keep the inhabitants supplied with fresh milk, as were dark, cheap apartments for workers, but neither was included here at the Höfe am Südstern. Today the back courtyards have been repurposed as prestigious locations for businesses of all kinds.
May 14, 2019
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