This is a small corner pub in Berlin's Prenzlauer Berg district that was formerly called "Windmuehlenberg" (you didn't know that, did you!?). This part of the district was developed after the Franco-Prussian war of 1871 during Gruenderzeit, the development paid for with French reparation money. The many Alsatian street names in this part of town -- Metz, Belfort, Strasburg, Kolmar, Muehlhausen -- are a reminder of that fact. "Metzer Eck" is located on the corner of Metzer and Strassburger Strasse. It dates back to 1913 and was passed down the generations. It has, indeed, seen its fair share of German history. Remarkably, it made it thru the years of GDR socialism as a private business. The owners are conscious of their great tradition and display historical memorabilia inside the pub: a letter from the Berlin painter Heinrich Zille, some inflation money from the 1923 hyperinflation, the original beer pump from around 1900 and a beautiful tiled stove make the interior cosy and a welcome break from the hipster culture around it. They serve their own dark beer and sturdy German food: lots of potatoes, Schnitzels and sausages. The staff is nice and welcoming, prices are moderate, and during the summer, you can sit at tables outside. Don't miss it, it's a memorable place!
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