The Abandoned Bärenquell Brauerei by AJ Kiyoizumi in Niederschöneweide, Berlin, Germany

Brewery Ruins

Berlin has many abandoned or repurposed buildings – the iconic club Berghain used to be a power plant, the Berlinische Galerie used to be a glass factory, the much-debated Eisfabrik building used to be an ice factory before its takeover by Mediaspree. Some of the best parts of Berlin are the abandoned ones, as these places can become rich places for history and street art with an ever-changing look and feel.

The Bärenquell Brauerei is no different. It used to be one of the top four brands of beer in Berlin, but the GDR brewery closed in 1994. The complex is still very much intact, and still pretty accessible as well. This has made it a popular spot for taggers, adventurous couples, street artists, explorers, photographers, and of course, beer drinkers.

Name:AJ Kiyoizumi

student and writer


Learning German, seeing as much art as possible, waiting for summer.

Tell us about the place you live:

Berlin is punk, historic, chic, proud, hard.

A perfect day?

A perfect day would mean perfect weather- not the overcast norm. Brunch, a walk by the river in Spreepark, an afternoon beer, perhaps some art openings and dinner and drinks with friends before a show.

What is the best thing about your spot?

Though it’s close to the subway station and easy to find, not that many people frequent this spot. It’s like a separate world to explore, and will be different each time you go.

What is the worst?

The fear of stepping in squatters’ feces.

What would be surprising about this place to an outsider?

It’s abandoned, but there’s a sort of understanding that it’s okay to explore and trespass.

Who are three of your favorite artists?

Helmut Newton, Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari of Toilet Paper Magazine, David Hockney


Name:AJ Kiyoizumi


Favorite place to eat:

Shiso Burger

Favorite place to drink:

Geist im Glas

Favorite shop:

Garage Vintage

Local Tip:

The more German you know, the better 🙂

Must Do:

See the East Side Gallery! Or shop at Mauerpark Flohmartk.