'Lodge' Berlin Friedrichshain is located in the middle of the southern neighbourhood of Friedrichshain, an upcoming and very trendy Berlin district. In less than 100m is the Boxhagener Square, centre of the district, where every Saturday and Wednesday a large weekly organic market and every Sunday the famous flea market take place: a meeting point for natives and visitors with street music, theatre and a nice playground in the shades of the trees.
The special flair of Friedrichshain reflects in the streets around 'Boxi'. Other than long-established retailers, you will find numerous shops, galleries, pubs, restaurants, fashion boutiques and agencies.
The Simon-Dach-Strasse is also located very close to Lodge, which is one of the hot spots of the city especially on weekends. Here, a bar is lined up with the restaurant nearby.
East of Boxi-neighbourhood grows slowly with the Ostkreuz-neighbourhood around the Sonntagstrasse. On the way there, you can take a short diversion in the evenings to enjoy an urban sunset experience: From Wühlischsstrasse take right into Modersohnstrasse, go about 200m towards south and there you can sit comfortably on the bridge - free of cost and outdoors.
Nevertheless for those who want to leave the neighbourhood occasionally, being in a central location you are connected very well with excellent transportation, to explore the rest of the city too.
Tourist attractions nearby
A part of the original Berlin Wall extends along the River Spree. Within 15 minutes by walk you can reach the beginning of the international memorial East-Side Gallery, whose murals were restored by artists in 2009 during the 20th anniversary of the Reunification. The Gallery begins on the Oberbaum Bridge to the right.
In the northern direction, about 10 minutes away from Lodge on foot, begins the almost two kilometre long Karl-Marx-Allee, classified by experts as an important cultural heritage of European urban development and the longest monument in Germany. To Alexanderplatz, it is a half-hour walk to the west or you can drive by bike on that route and enjoy the 'widest bike trail in the world”.
Volkspark in Friedrichshain is also recommended which has attractive restaurants (Café Schönbrunn) and public sports facilities (tennis, beach volleyball, basketball, halfpipe, skating rink) as well as other (water) gaming areas and a first-class open-air cinema.
Club life around Lodge
Within just walking distance from Lodge there are several small, local clubs (very much worth an experience!). Even two of the very large, modern venues for those who love technology and minimal music are housed near Lodge: Berghain (formerly Ostgut) and Watergate. Also not far away are Maria am Ufer and Tresor.
Kreuzberg begins just behind the Oberbaum Bridge (Warschauer Strasse towards south) on the River Spree. Along the Skalitzerstrasse immediately to the left hand side you will find Wrangelkiez ('little Istanbul'), which extends up to the Görlitz Park. Opposite to it is the Oranienstrasse, which is the centre of the notorious Kreuzberg SO36.
On hot summer days, the Badeschiff (swimming ship) has a panoramic view of the open-air pool and lounge at the River Spree and is one of the major attractions and it offers the opportunity to go swimming well after midnight (in winter, the ship transforms into a sauna). Actually, the whole area around the arena (Freischwimmer, Club der Visionäre, Hoppetosse and Glass house) is worth a visit. From this summer onwards, there is also a kayak rental.
You can reach Berlin city centre in about 15 minutes by public transport. There’s no need to say much about visits to the usual attractions such as Unter den Linden, the Brandenburg Gate and Co., just as the area around Hackescher Markt and the Jewish Quarter, which are not only worth visiting the gallery and shopping.
You ride with the tram (streetcar) or bike for about 20 minutes to Prenzlauer Berg - for instance, to Kulturbrauerei, Kollwitzkiez, Helmholtzplatz etc.
In Treptow - southeast of Friedrichshain - one of the largest and most beautiful parks in Berlin stretches along the River Spree. Promenading along the Spree, you will pass the Treptow harbour and you can either rent rowboats or pedal boats (trip to the Island of Youth!) Or schedule a scenic round trip over the city by hydroplane. A little further down the River Spree is the Spreepark, a former amusement park, which is now conquered back by the nature. The huge Soviet Memorial in Treptow Park can not be overlooked.
The zoo is found in the eastern adjacent district of Lichtenberg, with an interesting blend of the idyllic old neighbourhoods (Kaskelkiez at the suburban train station Rummelsburg!) and gigantic housing estates, and the Pandon to the zoo is in the west. The theatre for children and youth is also worth a visit.