What nowadays presents itself as a modern entertainment area started off in a small basement in Kreuzberg, where pharmacist August Heinrich Prell brew his own beer in the mid-19th century. The small brewery quickly turned successful and Prell moved his production to the current Prenzlauer Berg location of Kulturbrauerei. The characteristic brick buildings were constructed around 1890, when the then named “Schultheiss” brewery was the biggest beer seller in Berlin. The cobbled courtyards are meant to resemble a medieval castle complex, yet are surrounded by great examples of 19th century industrial architecture in Berlin. After WWII business became slack. The brewery finally closed in 1967. It took more than 30 years until a new concept of utilization for the 25.000 square meters of Kulturbrauerei was found, but since 2000 the building complex houses concerts, restaurants, rehearsal rooms, shops, bars, clubs, offices and a cinema and has become a busy and also touristy meeting point no matter if it’s day- or nighttime.