Carrots, Unicorns and Vegan Burgers – A Visit to the Holzmarkt

Have you already been to the Holzmarkt? It’s the new cultural and social space that has been built on top of the former, legendary Bar 25 directly at the shore of the Spree. The Bar 25 is probably one of the most notable clubs of the post-millenium era and even though it has been closed down for years the legand never died with films and books coming out and new places opening up of people from the previous group of owners. The Kater Holzig across the Spree was one of them that was also open for a few years, and the Chalet at former Heinz Minki beer garden is yet another.

It’s pretty much a miracle that the grounds of the old Bar 25 are now back in the hands of the same people even though this area was meant to become one of the construction sites of the city developement catastrophy that is the Mediaspree. Gladly this could be prevented with the efforts of many people getting involved and maybe also some luck and good will of people in high places. The concept was far too tempting: A new cultural and social meeting point with lots of small alternative projects coming together in one place to create a little haven for those who want to escape the commercialized metropolis Berlin is slowly but surely becoming. Here you can grow your own carrots, have your children play on the adventurous playground, eat your vegan burger, watch independant theater productions and performances or simply enjoy the sunset with a view over the river Spree. And what it turned out to be is exactly that. A place that is open to everyone (without the ruthless door policy of the previous Bar 25) to come and feel a little free from everything.

I’m curious what else is going to grow at Holzmarkt as there are still some areas in construction. Right now you can also see the urban farming projects, some food stands and a bar, lots of seating and lounges, the playground, and the amazing looking Ding Dong Dom theater. I hear there are also plans for another club, artist studios and a gallery. I’m sure many events will take place there soon. Go and have a look for yourself. Some impressions after the jump.

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Frank by
on June 2nd, 2014
updated on July 29th, 2017
in Cafés, Friedrichshain, Galleries, Restaurants
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3 Responses to “Carrots, Unicorns and Vegan Burgers – A Visit to the Holzmarkt”

  1. Mark Says:

    Can’t wait to visit Holzmarkt when I’m next in Berlin. I’m been scratching my head all morning about the sign that says “Ein Mörchen wird Wahr”. I realised it’s a play on words from “a fairytale comes true” but can a German speaker explain the Mörchen word for me? My best guess is “a little bit of mortar” but I’m sure I’m wrong!

  2. Yolanda Says:

    Mörchen is a play of words between “Träumchen” (belittlement of “Traum”-dream) and “Möhre” (carrot) as a reference to their urban gardening 😉

  3. Frank Says:

    That’s an incorrect explanation. Mörchen is the cute form of Möhre (carrot) and implies the carrot is rather small. It’s used here as a play on words with the quite similar Märchen which is the German word for fairytale. The expression “Ein Märchen wird wahr” translates to “A fairytale comes true” – replaces with the little carrot it means carrots come true here. It’s rather cute, and certainly a dream come true, but the Träumchen has no part in it 😉

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