In one of the many eerie wastelands which are scattered around Berlin, there lies the most unlikely graffiti-splattered venue for one of the city’s more upscale restaurants and trendy bars called Katerholzig.
When you come across this amazing building, it seems like something of a surreal, giant adults’ playground which represents Berlin’s shabby chic allure. During the day, revellers can sun themselves on a huge terrace which overlooks the river. It then lights up in warm and flashy colors from graffiti-covered lamps as dusk settles over the city. There is also a sauna in a converted car for those who are looking for something a little different!
You can warm yourself by the bonfire on the riverside, take to the dancefloor in a cabin-like structure, or head to the bar which plays thumping techno – all surrounded in shabby chic decor. There’s not an evening that goes by without an alternative theatrical performance such as an outrageous circus show, mind-reading event, or live music production. Climbing the concrete staircase of the former factory, you will reach the top floor where you can find the Katerschmaus restaurant. The open-kitchen restaurant is decked with shabby chic art pieces, and all of the staff sport unusual hats, bright tights, and tattooed arms.
For many Berliners the place evokes the freedom characterizing the city – which is dotted with squats and arts centres in alternative locations such as former water towers, swimming pools and factories such as this.
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