A Walk on Berlin's Wild Side

Leather-clad punks and squatters fighting the police, leftist bohemians and amateur philosophers, Turkish immigrants creating a world of their own — Kreuzberg lures those seeking chaos and adventure. Before the Wall fell, in 1989, all of Berlin had a special edge to it, a sense that life here was dangerous and vivid and played for high stakes; Kreuzberg hasn't quite lost that feeling. Busloads of tourists no longer move through the area, gawking at the anarchists and punks; the district is more prosperous these...

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