One of the many industrial idylls of Schöneweide is an old crane house. Since the 1950s it was used to unload vessels on the Spree which brought coal for the plants producing tons of cables for Eastern Europe.
Today the crane house serves not factories but locals, students and strollers who crave good coffee, cake or croissants. The Kranhaus Café resumes the old days with seats reminding you of workbenches and industrial lamps. If you are a sweet tooth the café’s bakery creates everything you could imagine on a cold winter day. Looking outside the big windows you can watch the river Spree flow by and enjoy your hot chocolate in a hip place far away from all the hipsters. That is what I love about my neighborhood Schöneweide!
On the three upper floors above the café the Kranhaus also houses a fancy apartment. You can rent the stylish loft on Airbnb and live as a king or queen with extras like a revolving round couch.
If you want to learn more about the industrial area of Schöneweide you should take a walk through this so called Elektropolis (check the Elektropolis article), and discover many architectural masterpieces from Wilhelminian and Modern times. The little museum Industriesalon tells you everything about the history and offers guided tours.