Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About Berlin
Part of Stallscheiberstrasse – the section from Oranienstrasse (originally from Moritzplatz) to today´s Segitzdamm, which until July 1947 was called Luisenufer, becomes Prinzessinnenstrasse.
The name was chosen to honour the female members of the House of Hohenzollern and to make it fit nicely (linguistically speaking) into the already existing grid of :
Prinzenstrasse – after the Kaiser Wilhelm I, who as the second son of Prussian king Friedrich Wilhelm III was long known as Prince of Prussia only. Until one day in 1861 when it was his turn to rule.
Ritterstrasse – after Ritter (a knight): formerly known as Neue Junkerstrasse (Junker – a country squire, a nobleman of great estate) and an extension of sorts of the no longer existing Junkerstrasse, it was re-named Ritterstrasse in 1845.
Oranienstrasse – after The Principality of Orange ruled between 1702 and 1713 by a Prussian, Friedrich I, whose mother was Princess of Orange. It was a very complicated story and, obviously, it did not end well.
Luisenstrasse – after Queen Luise, the legendary spouse of king Friedrich Wilhelm III and the mother of the aforementioned first German Kaiser. Luise made herself very popular with the great unwashed not only by bringing the Quadriga back to Brandenburger Tor (she must have accomplished this feat posthumously but who´d complain) but also by presenting their own flag to the new city quarter known until then as Cöpenicker Viertel. In 1802 to honour the generous monarch it was re-named Luisenstadt (northern and north-eastern Kreuzberg today plus a bit of Mitte, to boot).
Today, Prinzessinnenstrasse is famous for two things. The first one is one of the funkiest places in town: Prinzessinnengarten. A social urban gardening project or a “mobile garden” run by anyone who wishes to participate and grow their own fruit and vegs – a brilliant place you can have a taste of thanks to this wonderful In a Berlin Minute film by Luci Westphal.
The second spot in Prinzessinnenstrasse worth getting to know better is the legendary Betahaus, a co-working space for the creative among us who are also fond of sharing room, knowledge and experience (as well as the lunch table) with others of their kin.
Here´s Berlin´s one and only eNtR Berlin explaining what Betahaus is about (switch on the English subtitles by using the button thoughtfully provided on the screen).