Berlin café Moskau temporarily changed its name to Cafe Kyiv


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Berlin’s Cafe Moskau has changed its name to Cafe Kyiv for four days to mark the anniversary of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine. This was reported on the website of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation.


On February 27, Cafe Kyiv held a one-day conference that featured discussions on the war in Ukraine, European security, and Ukraine’s post-war recovery.


In addition, the organizers promised workshops on Ukrainian painting, cinema, history, and traditional dishes.


“We want to emphasise that Kyiv is closer to us than Moscow – geographically and politically. At the beginning of the Russian offensive, we were thinking about renaming it permanently, and we were urged to do so by numerous emails and Google reviews, sometimes with unpleasant words. However, the building has existed for almost 60 years, is a landmark and is part of Karl-Marx-Allee, which is on the UNESCO Tentative World Heritage List,” said Kristin Wesemann, Head of Strategy and Planning at the Konrad Adenauer-Stiftung.


On February 24, a procession dedicated to the anniversary of the Russian invasion of Ukraine began near the cafe.



Cafe Moskau is an iconic restaurant built in the 60s, located on Karl-Marx-Allee in Berlin. The café was a meeting place during the GDR, including for Stasi employees. After the reunification of Germany, the place was used for conferences and events.


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Photo: Ralf Lutter, Jörg Carstensen