RAW gelände: an old train factory in Berlin

The RAW Gelände in Berlin is one of the abandoned places in this city with more life, but originally it was a train construction and repair factory.

👉 I’ll tell you about the origin of the RAW-gelände, what you can do, how to get to the RAW, what you can do in Berlin and where to stay

THE RAW-GELÄNDE IN BERLIN

  1. The beginnings of RAW Gelände
  2. RAW Gelände today
  3. How to get to RAW Gelände
  4. Save on transportation
  5. Where to stay in Berlin
  6. Tours and activities in Berlin
  7. What to do and see in Berlin

RAW-GELÄNDE IN BERLIN: the origins

The factory was active between 1867 and 1994 and was known as the ReichsbahnAusbesserungsWerk, hence the name RAW.

If you look closely, on the ground you can still see the tracks that were used to transport the trains during repair or production.

During the war they built a tower-shaped bunker which is still standing, although over the years its usefulness has changed and it has become a climbing wall.

raw gelaende berlin fabrica trenes fiesta

THE RAW GELÄNDE TODAY

The different areas of the RAW-Gelände have been used by small businesses selling antique/vintage furniture, a wholesale and retail drinks supermarket,  a skating rink, a swimming pool, as the headquarters of a radio station or home to gyms, takewondo and pilates schools, and nightclubs.

During the day, locals who go to work or play sports mix with tourists who explore the place.

It is past noon when it begins to offer us its most active face: the bars, restaurants and booths where to eat open their doors (or windows) to offer its exquisite delicacies.

Next to it there is one of the most curious things about the place, (if you can choose one) a disco booth. It is similar to a telephone booth but with the peculiarity that the telephone is replaced by headphones, and inside it is illuminated with colored lights. Exactly like a small private disco.

In order not to contradict the spirit of Berlin, the adventure can never end after a good dinner, only appear Outside the restaurant we find a wide range of bars and clubs to dance or drink one last drink.

All this and more, concentrated in the RAW.

raw glände Berlin old train factory

Then I leave you a video so you have a more precise idea of the appearance of the place and the location.

How to get to the raw gelände

RAW Gelände is easy to reach by public transport, as it is very centrally located and well connected.

You have 3 options to go: by S-bahn, U-bahn and tram. It tells you the three options and where you have to download:

S-bahn

There are 3 lines that go here, and they are the S3, S5, S9, S7, S75 and you should get off at the Warschauer Straße stop.

U-bahn

In the case of the U-bahn, you can choose between two lines: the U1 and the U3 and also get off at the Warschauer Straße stop.

Tram

The only tram that reaches the area is the M10 and it leaves you right in front of it. Remember to get off at the Warschauer Straße stop.

bus

If it is better for you to go by bus, the closest ones are the 347 and the N1 and you should get off at the Helsingforser Platz or Oberbaumbrücke stop.

A little further but also very close, for the bus line 300 at Tamara-Danz-Str.

Save Money with the Berlin welcome card

To get around Berlin easily, you can opt for the Berlin WelcomeCard (you can buy it at this link) which will allow you unlimited use of public transport (flat rate) and offers discounts of up to 50% in more than 190 museums and Berlin attractions.

If you have small children, you will be happy to know that the card is free for children under 6 years of age. Prices for adults are as follows:

48h72h72h + museum isl.4 days5 days6 days
23 €33 €55 €40 €46 €49 €

Where to stay in Berlin

The city of Berlin changes quite a bit depending on the area you visit. I would separate it into two zones depending on your preferences and the type of tourism you like.

EXPENSIVE ZONE AND LESS ALTERNATIVE

Broadly speaking, the area of Stadtmitte, Kurfürstendamm and Charlottenburg is more arranged and expensive (American part during the GDR). Here you can do a quieter and more usual type of tourism, focusing on the monuments, the opera, museums, shopping, etc…

YOUNG people + UNDERGROUND

If you are more into the alternative style and focused on young people, I recommend the neighborhoods of Friedrichshain, Kreuzberg, Prenzlauer Berg and Neukölln. Here there are many curious and more alternative bars, concerts in basements, parks to have a barbecue, nightclubs that are open 3 days 24 hours, festivals, etc…

Tours & activities in Berlin

In Berlin there are many places and activities to enjoy during your stay in the German capital.

I leave you a list with the activities and tours you can do around Berlin, to get to know this city in more depth.

Options also include free tours to help keep your travel budget from skyrocketing.

What to do near the RAW Gelände

Besides the RAW Gelände, the museums and the wall, there are many more great places to visit in Berlin. Below you will find some different places or places that are out of the ordinary, so you can make a mix between the usual and alternative that gives a different touch to your trip.

👉 If you arrive by plane, in the following link I will tell you how to get to the center of Berlin from the airport.

Weissensee Lake

In Berlin it is very cold and, when the good weather begins, everyone starts doing outdoor activities: whether it is going to the park, the lake, playing sports, etc…

If you fancy going for a swim in the lake without having to travel far (since the most beautiful ones are far from the center), you can choose to go to Weissensee lake.

It is very convenient to make a visit, because it is well connected by public transport (the tram stops in front of it) and it also has a quieter and more natural area (with ducks and swans!) and another with sand and a bar where you can drink or eat something. 

Warning: in Berlin it is normal to practice nudism, so don’t be surprised to see some ass in the air.

THE CARNIVAL OF CULTURES

If you arrive in the city in May-June, you’re in luck because around that time the Carnival of Cultures is organized from Berlin.

This is a street festival that includes concerts, activities for all ages and a parade of floats with everyone dressed up. It arose with the idea of celebrating the cultural diversity that exists in the city and is one of the best events of the year.

GO TO THE OPERA or ballet

Something that many people do not know is that going to the ballet or the opera in Berlin is very cheap and they also renew the billboard very regularly, in the same week they may offer 2 or 3 different performances.

The stagings can be classic or more modern and groundbreaking (some are amazing), thus approaching the younger audience.

Prices range from approximately €20 to €50 per person. And now comes the best: if you are a student or under 30 years old, and you show up 1 hour before the performance, you can buy the ticket you want for only €10 (awesome).

Thai park

At this Thai Park in Berlin you can enjoy real Thai street food. When summer arrives, the city’s Thai community makes stops at this park and cooks typical dishes from their country (they also offer massages). 

It’s something alternative and fun to do on a Sunday afternoon, compared to typical places for tourists. You go to the park, eat something, and lie on the grass while you drink a coconut or a mojito.

I hope you have a great time in Berlin and make the most of your trip!