Hohenshoenhausen is a pleasant borough located in the northeastern outskirts of Berlin and is composed of a number of pretty suburbs that provide a nice mix of suburbia and nature. You can relax by the calm Malchower Lake, or just enjoy a quiet slice of everyday life in German suburbia. Most visitors don’t come here for any of that, though; they come to bear witness to the disquieting but fascinating—not to mention historically important—Hohenschoenhausen Prison, which detained un-sentenced political prisoners during the Cold War Era, a facility that was infamous for its use of psychological and physical torture.
- Take a guided tour of the Hohenshoenhausen Memorial Centre to learn about the lives and experiences of the prisoners locked up here during East Berlin’s Communist era.
- Be warned: whilst the prison memorial is extremely thought-provoking, it’s also not for everybody; when visiting, take the more squeamish of your posse to the Eiscafe and Restaurant Gessert, located at Malchower Weg 69, for a delicious, traditional Berlin dessert, or to the serene Malchower lake to feed the ducks.
- Visit the elegant thirteenth-century Hohenschönhausen Castle.
Hohenschoenhausen is located approximately 10 kilometres from the centre of Berlin, and can be accessed via car or public transport. Driving to this destination takes roughly 26-40 minutes, depending on traffic. Many trains, trams, and buses serve this area, including the M4, M5, and 27 tramlines. The S-Bahn rail-line S75 serves the Berlin-Hohenschönhausen railway line, and you’ll need to buy an ABC ticket (at a cost of 3 to10 Euros) in order to travel across multiple zones. The HohenShoenhausen Prison is located on Genslerstraße 66, in the Lichtenberg neighbourhood, and the Hohenschönhausen Castle is on Hauptstraße 43, in the Alt- Hohenschönhausen neighbourhood.
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