Kreuzberg – A hill with history
Wine-growing in the capital
Since the 15th century, vines were grown at the Kreuzberg mountainside. But the hard winter of 1740 put an end to that tradition throughout Berlin for more than 200 years. Since 1968, the success of the viticulture on the northslope of the Kreuzberg has been repeated. The dry wine called “Kreuz-Neroberger” is only given to chosen guests by the district administration and is not for sale on the market.
The name Kreuzberg dates back to the “Eisernes Kreuz” (Iron Cross), an Order of Merit that was donated during a war against Napoleon, forming the memorial’s ground plan. That too was designed by Schinkel. Marking the civic emancipation movement, it was the first to be awarded regardless of social status.