Mitte is often referred to as Berlin’s centre, due to its proximity to many of the city’s most famous monuments. The Museum Island, Alexanderplatz and the opera house are all within walking distance, making this a great starting point for exploring the capital. Be sure to walk down Berlin’s famous Unter den Linden boulevard to soak up this historic quarter’s charm – and stop at one of the district’s many coffee shops and galleries on the way.
The previously rundown Prenzlauer Berg district is now a thriving and charming neighbourhood. Pankow, northeast of Mitte, is a great place to explore thanks to its plethora of restaurants, bars, interesting shops and charming squares. While it is away from the hustle and bustle of Mitte, it is still close to major attractions such as the Berlin Wall, and also offers a popular fleamarket in Mauerpark, as well as Prater Garten, the oldest beer garden in Berlin.
With its edgy street art, ethnic restaurants and cool bars, Friedrichshain has a distinctly bohemian vibe, attracting a new wave of young visitors to the area. The district has an urban buzz, and the shops and buildings reflect the area’s youthful, creative appeal. The open-air East Side Gallery, which displays 105 works by 118 artists from 21 countries, painted onto a section of the Berlin Wall, is a must-visit.
Located in the former West Berlin, the Kreuzberg district is famous for its culturally diverse and international creative scene. The large Turkish community plays a prominent part in shaping Kreuzberg’s character, with many shops, restaurants and markets selling traditional Turkish foods and delicacies. An eclectic mix of coffee houses and bars makes this neighbourhood a hipster hotspot, while the Türkenmarkt market offers plenty to tempt both locals and visitors.
Charlottenburg’s combination of elegant historic buildings, chic boutiques and stunning baroque gardens make it one of the German capital’s most prestigious districts. There is something for everyone here, from attractions such as the Tiergarten park and Charlottenburg Palace to cosmopolitan, high-end shopping complexes that include KaDeWe. A variety of fine-dining establishments mean the area is well-suited for a evening out.