Cafe Anna Blume watercolorPrenzlauer Berg was a section of Berlin entirely in the East before the Berlin Wall came down, immediately adjacent to “Mitte” (middle) – the center of Berlin that was also in the East. One of our favorite areas in Prenzlauer Berg is indeed along Kollwitzstrasse and around the Kollwitzplatz (appropriately named after artist Kathe Kollwitz who lived nearby).

The subject: An apparent hub of the Kollwitzplatz scene is the popular Café Anna Blume. It has a casual, comfortable outside patio — a perfect place to kickback any time of day. From there, you can enjoy the tree-lined streets and strolling passers-by. Any direction you look, you see other enticing places to enjoy a chilled glass of Müller Thurgau wine or a hot coffee und homemade “Kuchen” (cake) while taking in the street scene.

The inspiration: As we sat at dinner at Café Anne Blume sipping wine on the patio on a warm summer evening, I became entranced by the colors of a small market across the street. I just had to “paint and draw” the scene using my iPad for this watercolor view from Café Anna Blume.

Artist’s tools: I used the program Paper53 on my iPad combined with a Bamboo basic stylus for this watercolor. It is a quick sketch, using an ink pen for the outlines of the building, tree branch and fruit carts, and then a watercolor brush with a light wash for the bright splashes of color.

A print of this digital painting on your wall is the next best thing to being there yourself…as well as a great gift for anyone in your life who loves Berlin and Germany. Click here to see this artwork in my online gallery.

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Map of Germany

In the map below, pins mark the location of all the sites and travel tips mentioned in our articles on Germany. Zoom in or out on the map using the controls. Switch easily from map to satellite view. Click on each pin to pull up a tooltip with the name and any additional information.

Kleinhesselhoer See, Englischer Garten

International Donaufest in Ulm

Artist's War Memorial Bethlehemkirchplatz

Sowohl Als Auch Restaurant & Coffee House

Museum in the Kulturbrauerie (Alltag in Der DDR)

Berlin Underground Tours - Gesundbrunnen station

Gedenkstaette Mauer

Drei Annen Hohne

Wernigerode Train Station - Brockenbahn

The Brocken

St Nikolai Kirche

Quedlinburg Old Watch Tower

Kellerwald Forchheim beer gardens

Turkish Market - Berlin