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The Restaurant Freischwimmer and the Club der Visionäre at the Flutgraben 


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At the Flutgraben



While the city was divided, one barely noticed the lagoon environment, which stretches on both sides of the river Spree’s flood channel. At that time, fish were bred directly underneath the Ober- freiarchenbrücke where Schlesische Straße/Pushkinallee and the districts of Kreuzberg/Treptow converge. 
In the eighteenth century, after the straightening out of the Landwehrkanal, the channel became an eastern side branch. The modest wooden cottages, landing stages and terraces on its banks have hardly changed, but the pulse that beats here has completely altered. 
Although still makeshift, the Club of Visionaries has set up one of the most exotic bars in Berlin on the boards of the Treptower riverbank. Simple awnings, deckchairs, benches and brightly-coloured chairs are casually separated from the water by rope and old fish crates planted with flowers. The flood channel used to lie in the far South-Eastern part of West Berlin and for decades was hidden in the shadow of the border crossing. Now, the visitor is presented with a scene somewhere between Holland and the Pacific. It gets crowded here in the evening and at night, when revellers party to the sounds of electro and minimal techno. 
Opposite, on the Kreuzberg side of the river, the whole length of the riverbank is taken up by a restaurant called Freischwimmer. With its short but elegant menu and Sunday brunch, it brings a touch of style to the wooden constructions. From here, you can gaze onto the Spree, the buildings of the Osthafen and the impressive factory which dominates the bank opposite. With its rounded corners it fits comfortably with the flow of the current. Here, where cars were once repaired, is now the Kunstfabrik am Flutgraben e.V. (Art Factory) and its 2yk-Galerie (gallery) – an open, inviting and inspiring spot that still seems to inhabit a no-man‘s land between East and West.





Address: Freischwimmer, Vor dem Schlesischen Tor 2a, 10997 Berlin, +49 (0)30 61074309,; Club d. Visionäre, Am Flutgraben 1, 12435 Bln, +49 (0)30 69518942,
Bus, Tube, Tram: U1 Schlesisches Tor; Bus 147, 265 Heckmannufer