The capital cites of most countries are generally huge andBerlinis no exception. The city can be a little overwhelming at first and first-time visitors often have no idea where to stay. Read on below for your guide to the city’s key areas and you’ll soon know exactly which part ofBerlinwill suit you.
Mitte is not only in the city’s very centre geographically, but in terms of culture and nightlife too it is the place to be! You’ll find many museums in this part of town, not to mention the Museumsinsel – literally a whole island of museums – as well as plenty of shops and cafés.
Kreuzberg. Attribute to Flickr user ‘lehnin78’
If looking for the coolest part ofBerlinthen look no further than Kreuzberg. This very alternative area a little south of the River Spree is the place to go if looking for a cool bar or restaurant for a night out. Packed full of students and artistic types, young travellers definitely won’t feel out of place.
Right in the middle of one ofEurope’s most important cities is this 210 hectare park. No, really! Despite many attempts to build housing on this huge green space over the years, the city ofBerlinhas preserved this picturesque park and you’ll find this part of town to be, unsurprisingly, quiet.
Schöneberg is the area of the city just south of central Mitte. It is the heart of the gay and lesbian area ofBerlin, a city which is welcoming in all parts but especially here. As well as being a lively area with plenty of bars, Schöneberg is also home to a lot of history having played a key part in both WWII and the Cold War. And as if that wasn’t enough, the area also boastsEurope’s largest department store, KaDeWe.
Just a little further west from Schöneberg, Charlottenburg is another area ofBerlinpacked full of things to see and do. Start off with the Olympic Stadium, which has a long history, ranging from the Nazi movement in the 1930s – where the stadium was a frequent location for rallies – to Zidane’s famous ‘headbutt’ in the 2006 World Cup final and it is even still in use today. Berlin Zoo is another attraction in the area and is the most visited zoo inEurope.
Friedrichshain, the last district on the list, is a working-class part ofEast Berlincurrently going through slow, but substantial, modernisation. The old buildings remain and many hours can be spent walking through the area’s narrow streets while popping in and out of the cheap little boutiques and cafés that make Friedrichshain popular with students.
So there you have it! A quick summing up Berlin’s unique districts. There’s surely one that sounds more suited to you than the others, so why not stay there on a visit to Berlinand get to know your preferred district in more detail? GoWithOh has apartments in all the districts ofBerlin along with handy and in-depth district guides so that you can find exactly the right place to rent yourBerlin apartment. You’ll feel like aBerlin expert before you know it!