Kunsthaus Tacheles in Berlin is an old warehouse with artists’ studios, clubs cum cafes and outdoor street-art where you can tap into the alternative art scene. The locals we met who recommended it told us we’d know it as it was the only grungy, run down building in a neighbourhood where everything else had been renovated. That and the half buried plane in the yard at the back.
The building was originally used for shops and businesses, but in the 1990s after the Berlin wall came down, it was occupied by artists to prevent a proposed demolition and is now an arts centre. Walking through to the back, we found a sandy outdoor space filled like a sculpture park with painted bits of metal, old caravans and some places to sit around. In the spring when we were there, people were hanging out, chatting and drinking beer.
We climbed the graffiti covered grungy stairway to the artists studios in the warehouse above, where we found some interesting stuff on the upper floors, not all of it family friendly. We did find a small upstairs cafe but most of the chilling seemed to be going on in the sunny back yard. On the ground level there were a couple of cafes where you can buy a beer or a coffee, transforming into clubs and music venues at night.
Further back again there was a patch of waste ground with the abandoned plane carcass with murals on the walls of the surrounding buildings. Next time I go back there will probably be a smart apartment building there instead. Go soon before the place gets smartened up to hang out with the cool crowd or enjoy a bit of alternative art at Kunsthaus Tacheles on Oranienburger Strasse.
Oranienburger Str. 53
10117 Berlin, Germany
+49 30 2823130
Photos by Heatheronhertravels
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