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Prenzlauer Berg (often shortened to Prenzl'berg) was originally a working-class district just outside Berlin's old city walls. After the war good socialist families were encouraged to move out to the new housing projects in the suburbs, leaving space for alternative culture to flourish in semi-legal squats. Not surprisingly East Berlin's gay scene found its spiritual home here in an atmosphere much more relaxed than the rest of the city (and the rest of the GDR).
Apart from several (infamous) bars in the Schönhauser Allee there was also theSonntagsclub, a café / bar which became the rallying point for East Germany's gay and lesbian movement and which successfully defended homosexual rights in the GDR. Following reunification in 1989 the political aspect of the scene dwindled somewhat, although the Sonntagsclub is still going strong. On the other hand it became easy to open gay-orientated venues, and there's quite a scene to be found here.
UnlikeSchöneberg, Prenzlauer Berg's gay and lesbian scene isn't mostly concentrated into a single particular area. However the area around the northern section of the districts main shopping street, the Schönhauser Allee between Eberswalder Straße and Schönhauser Allee stations on the U-Bahn line U2 has the biggest concentration of gay bars, shops and nightlife.
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Note: most the restaurants here are not specifically gay, but are known to be well-visited by the gay community.
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