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Kreuzberg

It’s characteristic of poorer areas of cities to be rich with creative types – throw in a high density of immigrant residents, and you’ve got one of Berlin’s most thriving and diverse cultural areas, full of anarchic punk types clamouring to be heard amongst the newcomers who’ve set up some of city’s coolest shops, bars and art spaces. Known for its squatters and anarchists, Kreuzberg has always attracted non-conformists – even when it formed part of East Berlin, this liberal district was then one of the few areas where gays and lesbians could gather openly. As such, the legendary SO36 club fits right in with its sometimes bohemian, sometimes counter-culturalist punters, even today when the neighbourhood has mellowed considerably, particularly in the lesbian-heavy southern part where the girls are now busier with picking curtains in IKEA than picking fights.