Best Areas to Stay in Berlin, Germany

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Where to stay in Berlin – A guide to the German capital

Berlin is not only the capital of Germany, but also its largest and most important city. This metropolis is located on the banks of the Spree and Havel rivers (northeast of Germany) and is known (among many reasons) for the famous Berlin Wall that separated the east and west parts of the city.

After the fall of the wall in 1989, both ends of the German capital were unified officially. However, the separation can still be perceived in the architecture of both areas. When moving through its 12 districts or neighbourhoods, it’s not uncommon to find modern buildings next to historical monuments, creating an interesting contrast that makes it the third most visited city in Europe.

Berlin has a host of tourist attractions, including the Brandenburg Gate, an architectural landmark of the centre of Berlin (Mitte) that was built under the rule of Frederick William II. Also, the Museum Island, located in the heart of Berlin, is another point of interest that brings together five of the most important museums in the world: The National Gallery, the Old Museum, the Pergamon Museum, the Bode Museum and the New Museum.

Alexanderplatz is another mandatory stop for those who decide to visit the capital of Germany. In the surroundings of this square you can see some buildings belonging to the old communist regime, including the Television Tower, the tallest building in Berlin.

Berlin is also a popular destination thanks to its wild nightlife that puts techno above all things, its wide gastronomic offer, the opera and its parks, such as the impressive Tiergarten.

If you already convinced yourself to visit the Haupstadt, you should know that the best time to visit Berlin is from March to September (spring/summer), since it is during these months that the most important events in the city are held. In addition, during the winter, the temperatures descend to almost intolerable levels and the autumn is not fully free of snow.

Despite the immensity of Berlin, its metro system is among the most efficient in the world, with countless lines and stations covering most of its territory. Therefore, deciding where to stay in Berlin will depend almost exclusively on your interests and particular tastes, in addition to the budget you count on.

If you want to get into the alternative scene of East Berlin, Prenzlauer Berg is the best area for you (See accommodation in Prenzlauer Berg). On the other hand, if you want a central accommodation option to stay close to most of Berlin’s attractions, Mitte is the ideal place (See hotels in Mitte).

This is a guide with the best areas to stay in Berlin.

The best areas to stay in Berlin

Our favourite area: Prenzlauer Berg

Prenzlauer Berg is located east of Berlin and is a neighbourhood where two very different aesthetics coexist: The hipster movement with residential buildings and young families.

This historic district was, in the past, the bohemian epicentre of Berlin and, although today it has become an exclusive and mostly quiet district, it still retains much of its alternative vibe, as well as many of its original buildings.

This area of ​​Berlin is famous for its incredible gastronomy, highlighting the KulturBrauerei, a street food market that takes place every Sunday at Schultheiss, an old brewery converted into a cultural complex. In addition, on Sunday nights there is a public karaoke at Mauerpark.

This district of the German capital connects with the rest of Berlin through the U2 metro line (Eberswalder Strasse station, among others) and several S-Bahn lines (commuter trains), including Schönhauser Allee.

Prenzlauer Berg is one of the best areas to stay in Berlin, to discover much of its past but without neglecting the modernity and comfort that this beautiful neighbourhood has to offer.

Prenzlauer Berg - Best areas to stay in Berlin

Prenzlauer Berg – Best areas to stay in Berlin

Staying in Prenzlauer Berg - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Staying in Prenzlauer Berg – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Berlin:

  • The best gastronomy in Berlin
  • Mauerpark
  • Hipster area
  • Historical buildings
  • KulturBrauerei
  • Connected by metro

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Alex Hotel

This privately run hotel is located in Prenzlauer Berg, a fashionable district of Berlin. It offers free WiFi and a daily buffet breakfast.

from €74
Budget

ibis Hotel Berlin Mitte

This hotel offers soundproofed rooms, free Wi-Fi, a 24-hour bar-bistro and underground parking.

from €59
Luxury

Hotel Oderberger

Hotel Oderberger occupies a former public pool center built in 1902. The modern rooms have a flat-screen TV.

from €139

 

 

 

Mitte

Mitte (which translates to “middle” or “centre”) is the historic centre of Berlin par excellence and, as you might expect, has many of the most famous monuments, attractions and buildings of the German capital.

Traveling through Mitte you will find the Alexanderplatz square, the largest in Berlin, located right in the heart of the district. In the vicinity of the square also lies the tallest building in the city: The Television Tower (Fernsehturm) that exceeds 360 meters in height. The Brandenburg Gate, Berlin’s symbol of the triumph of peace and one of the favorite backgrounds of visitors when making selfies, is also part of Mitte.

Five of the most important museums in the world (the Old Museum, the New Museum, the National Gallery, the Pergamon Museum and the Bode Museum) are also in this area and form the recognized Museum Island of Berlin, which was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

However, Mitte is not only historic, but also the ideal place to go shopping or go clubbing, since it has entertainment options for all types of visitors.

This district has multiple metro stations across its streets, the most important being Alexanderplatz and Friedrichstraße.

Mitte is one of the best areas to stay in Berlin to remain close to its historical heritage and other representative neighbourhoods of this metropolis.

Stay near the Brandenburg Gate - Berlín

Stay near the Brandenburg Gate – Berlín

Best areas to stay in Berlin, Germany - Mitte - Alexanderplatz

Best areas to stay in Berlin, Germany – Mitte – Alexanderplatz

Staying in Mitte - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Staying in Mitte – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Berlin:

  • Historic area
  • Museum Island
  • Incredible gastronomy
  • Central location
  • Alexanderplatz Square
  • Pedestrian-friendly
  • Lively nightlife
  • Shopping area
  • Brandenburg Gate
  • Great metro connections
  • Berlin TV Tower
  • Different accommodation options

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Frederics Berlin City Hackescher Markt

The Frederics Berlin City Hackescher Markt offers apartments of various sizes, all well equipped and fully furnished.

from €76
Budget

easyHotel Berlin Hackescher Markt

The accommodation at easyHotel Berlin Hackescher Markt features functional furniture with minimalist design, Wi-Fi connection and satellite TV on request.

from €45
Luxury

Eurostars Berlin

This luxury hotel offers a top-floor spa area with an indoor pool, free Wi-Fi and delicious international food.

from €115

 

 

 

Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg

The alternative district of Berlin par excellence is the sum of two neighbourhoods: Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg. This is the hipster area of ​​the city, with an incredible cultural scene and walls decorated with street art that create an atmosphere different from the rest of the German capital.

This district is located southeast of downtown Berlin and has a large population of Turkish, Arab, Spanish and Italian immigrants. Among its main points of interest are the Oberbaumbrücke bridge, where it is common to run into street musicians and visualize the huge three-dimensional sculpture of the Molecular Man, on the River Spree.

Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg also has some tourist attractions such as the Jewish Museum, the German Museum of Technology and the communist Karl Marx Avenue linking the area with Alexanderplatz.

The nightlife in Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg is an alternative utopia with peculiar themed parties, hipsters bars and clubs. However, you can also enjoy excellent dishes accompanied by a couple of drinks, if you’re looking for a laid-back night.

Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg is one of the best areas to stay in Berlin if you want to know the indie side of the German capital. In addition, this district has many green areas and metro connections, with stations such as Warschauer Straße.

Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg - Where to stay in Berlin, Germany

Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg – Where to stay in Berlin, Germany

Staying in Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Staying in Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Berlin:

  • Hipster area
  • Oberbaumbrücke Bridge
  • Jewish Museum

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

ibis Berlin City Potsdamer Platz

The ibis Berlin City Potsdamer Platz has modern rooms with free Wi-Fi, high-quality beds, a desk and a private bathroom.

from €83
Budget

acama Hotel & Hostel Kreuzberg

This hostel and hotel offers rooms with cable TV, varied breakfast buffet and 24-hour reception.

from €36
Luxury

Moxy Berlin Ostbahnhof

Rooms have a contemporary style and offer free Wi-Fi, an integrated USB port, a flat-screen TV, air conditioning and a private bathroom.

from €129

 

 

 

West Berlin Centre

West Berlin Centre has many corners that deserve to be discovered by those who visit the capital of Germany.

One of its main architectural monuments is the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, a temple that was destroyed during the bombings of the Second World War and serves as a reminder of the devastation caused by the war. Its darkened exterior, combined with the photos that are exhibited inside, make it a shocking place for those who visit it.

In this area of ​​West Berlin there is also one of the most important shopping streets in the city: The Kurfürstendamm Avenue. This shopping boulevard of 3.5 kilometers in length has important stores with the latest trends in European fashion, making it one of the best areas to stay in Berlin for shopping.

Other points of interest West Berlin Centre are the Museum of Photography and its neoclassical-style headquarters, as well as the Berlin Zoological Garden, with animals of all kinds.

West Berlin Centre is one of the best areas to stay in Berlin to discover a exclusive side of the city.

Stay near Kurfürstendamm Avenue - West Berlin Centre - Germany

Stay near Kurfürstendamm Avenue – West Berlin Centre – Germany

Staying in West Berlin Centre - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Staying in West Berlin Centre – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Berlin:

  • Berlin Zoological Garden
  • Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church
  • Shopping area

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Hotel Bristol Berlin

The Hotel Bristol Berlin enjoys a perfect location in the City West district of Berlin, right on the famous Kurfürstendamm boulevard. It has a pool.

from €80
Budget

EnergieHotel Berlin City West

This eco-friendly property offers elegant rooms with a flat-screen TV, free Wi-Fi in the lobby and a healthy breakfast buffet.

from €39
Luxury

Hotel Palace Berlin

This hotel offers a free pool with a hot tub, a modern fitness center and spa.

from €119

 

 

 

Tiergarten

Tiergarten is one of the most central districts of Berlin and is known to house the Tiergarten Park, the oldest in the city. This park (which serves as a connector between the east and west of the German capital) contains attractions such as the Berlin Zoo and the Victory Column, with a viewpoint from the that you can make excellent pictures.

In the Tiergarten district you can also find the parliament, the Federal Chancellery and the Bellevue Palace, residence of the German president. Therefore, it is known as a residential area of ​​the upper class of Berlin and, at the same time, a quiet place to stay.

The cultural offer in the surroundings of the Tiergarten Park includes the Schwules Museum (the first LGBT-themed museum in the world) and the Bauhaus Archive, with exhibitions dedicated to the influence of Bauhaus school in design, architecture and art.

Although Tiergarten does not have the best metro connections, stations such as Brandenburger Tor, Kurfürstenstr and Bundestag border the district. Also, being in the heart of the city, you can walk to other neighbourhoods easily.

Tiergarten is one of the best areas to stay in Berlin if you are looking for a quiet place to stay and some fresh air during your trip to the German capital.

Tiergarten - Best areas to stay in Berlin

Tiergarten – Best areas to stay in Berlin

Stay in Tiergarten - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Stay in Tiergarten – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Berlin:

  • Tiergarten Park
  • Diplomatic area
  • Central location

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Holiday Inn Express Berlin City Centre West

This 3-star, non-smoking hotel is located in the center of Berlin, a 6-minute walk from the Kurfürstendamm shopping street and the zoo.

from €65
Budget

Hotel Lützow

Rooms at Hotel Lützow have contemporary furnishings, a TV, a kitchenette and a free bottle of mineral water.

from €48
Luxury

Sheraton Berlin Grand Hotel Esplanade

This contemporary-style hotel offers elegant accommodation and a modern spa with indoor pool, just 600 meters from Berlin’s Tiergarten Park.

from €116

 

 

 

Schöneberg

Schöneberg is known to be the gay district of Berlin, with lots of bars, clubs, shops and LGBT-themed restaurants, although they are friendly to all audiences.

Located southwest of Berlin, Schöneberg contains the Nollendorf Square on its perimeter, home to the Winterfield Market every week. It is in this market that Berliners and visitors get all kinds of fresh products. After all, despite its active nightlife, Schöneberg is a quiet and upper class neighbourhood.

Another Schöneberg milestone is the Christopher Street Day (CSD) parade, the Gay Pride event of the German capital. This multitudinous parade takes place every year between June and July, so accommodation in the area during those months is usually more expensive, as it is during other events of the LGBT community.

In addition, Schöneberg connects with other districts of Berlin by metro, as it has stations such as Nollendorfplatz from where you can move easily to any corner of this huge city.

Schöneberg is one of the best areas to stay in Berlin to party, beyond your sexual orientation. In this neighbourhood you will always have a good time.

Stay in Schöneberg, the gay area of Berlin

Stay in Schöneberg, the gay area of Berlin

Stay in Schöneberg - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Stay in Schöneberg – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Berlin:

  • Gay area
  • Great nightlife
  • Winterfield Market

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Mercure Hotel Berlin Zentrum

All rooms at the Mercure Hotel Berlin Zentrum have a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom. They include tea and coffee making facilities.

from €76
Budget

Pension Puschkin

This pension enjoys a strategic location in Schöneberg, less than a 5-minute walk from the Nollendorfplatz and Bülowstrasse metro stations.

from €49
Luxury

Axel Hotel Berlin-Adults Only

This hotel is located in the gay area of ​​Berlin’s Schöneberg and offers design rooms, a rooftop bar with panoramic views and a modern spa.

from €109

 

 

 

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