Berlin Mitte – that is right in the middle of the city. The most significant attractions, the longest storefronts, best traffic connection in all directions, the most entertainment offers and many of the best restaurants and bars of Berlin characterize this district. Not without a reason you find here almost every Berliner Institution, like the Bundestag (German parliament), the Bundesrat (federal assembly) and the government and as well the most of the embassies.
District areas: Tiergarten, Mitte und Wedding, Moabit, Hansaviertel, Gesundbrunnen
The Alexanderplatz, the centre of the City-East, known as „Alex“ is the main traffic hub and one of the most visited places of Berlin.
Here you find some must-sees such as the TV-tower, the Museum Island and the Nikolai quarter.
With its 368 m height the TV-tower is the highest tower of Germany and a landmark of the capital. Going up with an elevator to the rotating restaurant, you can enjoy a stunning view over Berlin. Beginning at Alex, Mitte stretches to the Brandenburger Tor (Brandenburg gate), including the boulevard Unter den Linden and crossing the famous Friedrichstraße.
The Brandenburger Tor defined the frontier once between East and West and is an icon of the cold war.
But since 1990 the place turned into a symbol of reunification.
And so it is quite coherent that since 1994 there is a meditation room in its northern gatehouse. It was created after the example of the room of silence in the UN building in New York, made for the employers and stands for a place of contemplation among the hustle and bustle of the big city. And not least it is a place of tolerance between nations and religions, by inspiring peace.
In general Mitte is a quite expensive place to live.
Around the Alex and in the south east the urban scenery is shaped by prefabricated buildings. Towards north, the area around August- and Torstraße, you find well-preserved old buildings. Mitte has something for everyone. It offers numerous Cafés, cultural activities and a wide range of clubs. Around Hackescher Markt established many of galleries and exclusive stores.
Mitte is very well connected. There are two railway lines and several metro lines: the metro U2 (Ruhleben-Pankow), the U8 (Wittenau-Hermannplatz-Neukölln), U6 (Alt-Tegel-Alt-Mariendorf), U5 (Hönow-Friedrichshain-Alexanderplatz).
You find here also several tram lines and busses.
In Berlin-Tiergarten you find the Potsdamer Platz, the “Manhatten” of Berlin. This place witnessed a lot of history. Even the Brothers Grimm lived here once, in the “Geheimratsviertel”, the quarter of the merchants, artists and scientists. With around 30.000 crossings and the first traffic light worldwide the Potsdamer Platz was in the 20s one of the most busiest places in Europe.
After the reunification in just 5 years arisen a whole new district area, cause it was completely destroyed after the war. Nowadays you find here stunning architecture, best business addresses, prime hotels and unique cultural events such as the Berlinale film festival.
Another significant landmark is the Tiergarten itself. In the centre of this second biggest park area of Berlin is the roundabout called the big star – der “Große Stern” – located. Here at the Siegessäule, from everybody just fondly called “Goldelse” (the golden angel on the top) Barak Obama gave his passionate speech in 2008. In front of 200.000 spectators that cheered him to charming sentences like: “People of the world, look at Berlin where a wall came down, a continent came together, and history proved that there is no challenge too great for a world that stands as one.“
The area district Tiergarten has many faces and is a good mix of city, greenery and water; and so the different types of residential districts. In the industrial shaped area Moabit you find simple flats, in part even still rentable for 6 Euro the square meter. Along the Spree towards south the location becomes more exclusive and expensive. But in general you find here many “Wilhelminian-style” buildings and buildings from the 60s and 70s, but also new constructed exclusive apartment houses.Public transportBerlins biggest long distance railway station is located here. The Hauptbahnhof connects Berlin with the rest of Germany.
The transport network is well advanced: you have several railway lines in all directions, the Ringbahn in the north and numerous metro and bus lines.WeddingInteresting factsWedding – not always love at first sight. If grey tenements don’t discourage you, there is a lot to discover here. Wedding is for instance very green. But not only parks luring more and more people in the former workers district, also the art scene settled in Wedding in the meantime.In Wedding you find a native Berlin. People with „Berliner Schnauze“ (Berlin dialect) and also from many different other cultures merging in this central district to a colourful mix.Weddings history is touching. Until the reunification the Berlin wall divided Wedding in two parts. On Bernauer Straße the facades of the houses were suddenly part of the East and the boardwalks part of the West. Especially this area was place of spectacular escapes from the East.
In 1962 57 Berliner escaped there under the wall trough a tunnel of 145 meter length. Nowadays a memorial with a 70 meter long wall segment remembers the times of the Berliner Wall.
A long time Wedding was not the most sought-after residential area of Berlin. Thanks to numerous renovations this district raised a lot its popularity. Here you can find beautiful, spacious flats in old buildings for an affordable rent. Mainly shaped is the urban scenery by classical “Wilhelminian-style” tenements and new buildings from the 70s and 80s. An exception is the African Quarter between Rehberge and Schillerpark. There you find loads of greenery and buildings from the 20s and 30s.
Wedding is well connected by railway (S1, S2, S41, S85, S8) and metro(U9, U8, U6). The Gesundbrunnen station is not only part of the Berliner Ring (railway S42), but also a long-distance station.In addition, trams (M13, M50) and buses enrich the transport network