MitteBerlin

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Berlin’s central district is a convergence of quaint residential streets, sprawling Soviet squares and some of Europe’s most revered museums.

Divided by the Berlin Wall for decades and now separated into several vastly differing neighborhoods, Berlin’s Mitte offers an intriguing cross section of the city. The district’s staggering TV tower rises from Alexanderplatz and has become a symbol of the city since its construction during the Cold War. Visit the fashionable shopping districts, an island dedicated to cultural institutions and some of Germany’s finest restaurants. Spend a day exploring the district on foot to see many of Berlin’s major attractions and to engage with its cosmopolitan residents going about their daily lives.

Start your exploration at Alexanderplatz, home to Berlin’s TV Tower (Fernsehturm). At 1,207 feet (368 meters) tall, the tower is one of the tallest structures in Germany and in the European Union. Walk around the pedestrianized area surrounding the tower to discover the World Time Clock installation as well as restaurants, bars and hotels. Beneath your feet you’ll find the Alexanderplatz U-Bahn station, one of the busiest in the city.

Walk the short distance to Hackescher Markt for excellent shopping. Choose between independent boutiques and international fashion outlets. The residential area to its north, between Linienstrasse and Torstrasse, is home to a number of small restaurants, cozy bars and the KW Institute, one of Berlin’s leading contemporary art institutions.

For more art and cultural museums, travel to Museum Island (Museumsinsel). Originally the sister city of Berlin, named Cölln, the island’s history dates back to the 13th century. Today the northern part of the island is known as Museum Island, the site of many of the city’s most significant museums and galleries, including the Pergamon Museum, the Old National Gallery and the New Museum. Purchase bundled tickets to see multiple institutions.

Join a walking tour departing from Alexanderplatz to see the historic sites of the city center, including Checkpoint Charlie, the Brandenburg Gate and the Holocaust Memorial also known as Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. Mitte is well served by tram, train and bus. Find parking in lots and on streets throughout the area.

Top hotels in Mitte

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel Berlin, Berlin
Hotel Berlin, Berlin
4.5 out of 5
Lützowplatz 17, Berlin, BE
£63
per night
Dec 15 - Dec 16

Located in Mitte, this luxury hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Potsdamer Platz, Brandenburg Gate and Reichstag Building. Checkpoint Charlie Museum and Galeries ...

4.2/5Very Good! (7,820 reviews)

"Comfortable, clean and great location! Very service oriented and saunas with gym too."…"

Reviewed on 14 Dec 2019

Hotel Berlin, Berlin
MEININGER Hotel Berlin Tiergarten
MEININGER Hotel Berlin Tiergarten
3.5 out of 5
Turmstrasse 25-26, Berlin
£32
per night
Jan 5 - Jan 6

This family-friendly Berlin hotel is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Tiergarten Park, Victory Column and Bellevue Palace. Reichstag Building ...

4.3/5Excellent! (653 reviews)

"Easily access"…"

Reviewed on 10 Dec 2019

MEININGER Hotel Berlin Tiergarten
IntercityHotel Berlin Hauptbahnhof
IntercityHotel Berlin Hauptbahnhof
Katharina Paulus Strasse 5, Berlin, BE
£61
per night
Dec 22 - Dec 23

Located in Mitte, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of German Chancellery and Reichstag Building. Brandenburg Gate and Friedrichstrasse are also within 1 ...

4.4/5Excellent! (3,301 reviews)

"It's proximity to the main railway station, making travel around the city so easy, plus the travel pass which was excellent."…"

Reviewed on 6 Dec 2019

IntercityHotel Berlin Hauptbahnhof
Steigenberger Hotel Am Kanzleramt
Steigenberger Hotel Am Kanzleramt
5 out of 5
Ella-Trebe-Straße 5, Berlin, BE
£90
per night
Dec 22 - Dec 23

Located in Mitte, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of German Chancellery and Reichstag Building. Brandenburg Gate and Friedrichstrasse are also within ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (3,977 reviews)

"The hotel was modern & tastefully decorated, our bedroom was very attractive & spacious with good lighting in the bathroom (for makeup/shaving) & a lovely design. The hotel was also very clean. We enjoyed the bar & restaurant on both evenings and found the food & service to be excellent. The tour ..."…"

Reviewed on 9 Dec 2019

Steigenberger Hotel Am Kanzleramt
Cityhostel Berlin Mitte
Cityhostel Berlin Mitte
2 out of 5
Glinkastr. 5-7, Berlin, Berlin
£28
per night
Dec 22 - Dec 23

Located in Mitte, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of Friedrichstrasse, Checkpoint Charlie and Checkpoint Charlie Museum. Gendarmenmarkt and Mall of Berlin ...

3.7/5Good! (1,023 reviews)

"Good clean hotel in a very good location and the staff were very helpful too. Really enjoyed this city break to Berlin"…"

Reviewed on 9 Dec 2019

Cityhostel Berlin Mitte
The Westin Grand, Berlin
The Westin Grand, Berlin
5 out of 5
Friedrichstr. 158-164, Berlin, BE
£91
per night
Jan 4 - Jan 5

Located in Mitte, this luxury hotel is steps away from Friedrichstrasse, Komische Oper Berlin and Galeries Lafayette. French Cathedral and Brandenburg Gate are ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (2,242 reviews)

"This is a really lovely hotel, in a central location with lovely staff. We really enjoyed our stay in Berlin."…"

Reviewed on 6 Dec 2019

The Westin Grand, Berlin

Popular things to do in Mitte

Alexanderplatz
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Alexanderplatz

4/5(967 reviews)

With its stark, 1960s layout, “Alex” is a showcase of Communist-era architecture and a lively central meeting place for locals.

Brandenburg Gate
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Brandenburg Gate

4.5/5(1,032 reviews)

This symbol of German unification ranks alongside Paris' Arc de Triomphe as one of Europe’s most iconic and emotive monuments.

Reichstag Building
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Reichstag Building

4.5/5(765 reviews)

Torched by Hitler, bombed by Britain and stormed by the Russians, the seat of German power has risen again as a symbol of a united and progressive Germany.

Potsdamer Platz
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Potsdamer Platz

4/5(807 reviews)

Berliners come to celebrate their city in this public square, which was leveled during World War II and isolated in the Cold War.

Berlin TV Tower
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Berlin TV Tower

4.5/5(596 reviews)

Take in breathtaking views of Berlin and enjoy a meal in a revolving restaurant inside the sphere of this iconic tower, the tallest structure in Germany.

Berlin Zoological Garden
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Berlin Zoological Garden

4.5/5(266 reviews)

Say “guten tag” to some of the world’s most exotic creatures in one of Europe’s most comprehensive and elegant zoos.

Top activities in Mitte

Berlin WelcomeCard
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Berlin WelcomeCard

£17

The Berlin WelcomeCard, available as 48-hours, 72-hours, 4-day, 5-day, or 6-day option, offers a great, cost-effective means to explore the city in-depth. Travel on public transport in fare zones Berlin AB or Berlin ABC for free and receive exclusive discounts of up to 50 percent with over 200 participating partners.

Sachsenhausen Memorial Full-Day Tour
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Sachsenhausen Memorial Full-Day Tour

£15

Embark on a poignant tour of one of the first Nazi concentration camps. Originally built to house political prisoners, its usage evolved through the Holocaust and then post-WWII. Observe how the camp today marks the devastating crimes that took place and how it pays tribute to its victims.

Guided Berlin City Bike Tour
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Guided Berlin City Bike Tour

£43

Discover the history of Berlin while pedaling past distinctive historic monuments and important cultural sites. Follow your local guide as you cover much more ground than you could on foot. Learn more about the region's turbulent past and how it's effected the contemporary city you see today.

Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Memorial Full-Day Tour
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Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Memorial Full-Day Tour

£15

Central to the network of inhumane concentration camps, Sachsenhausen was also an SS training facility. Learn of its atrocities and gain historical perspective on its Nazi and Soviet use. This full-day tour offers poignant insight into one of the 20th century’s most profound brutalities.

Sachsenhausen Memorial Tour from Berlin
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Sachsenhausen Memorial Tour from Berlin

£15

Head out of Berlin to explore the tragic side of the city's history at the Sachsenhausen Memorial, a former Nazi concentration camp. Learn about the lives of prisoners who were abused, see the training grounds of SS guards, and pay tribute to those lost during World War II.

Paintball Spielen
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Paintball Spielen

£22

• Schiedsrichterservice und Betreung ( Jedes Spielfeld wird durch 2 Schiedsrichter betreut ) • Europas größtes Paintball Spielfeld mit 20 Spielfelder ( frei wählbar und wechselbar ) • In der Ausrüstung ist ein Anzug inklusive • kostenloses Mittage

Other areas in Berlin

Tiergarten which includes heritage architecture and heritage elements

Tiergarten

4/5Very Good!(3 area reviews)

Berlin’s “great escape” is a peaceful expanse of forests, meadows and ponds, right next to the city center.

Tiergarten
Wedding, Berlin, Germany
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Wedding

When on holiday in Wedding in the northern part of Berlin city centre visitors are surprised by the huge variety of sights, green oases and tranquil corners.

Wedding
Berlin featuring religious aspects and interior views

West Berlin Centre

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West Berlin Centre
Prenzlauer Berg which includes a city

Prenzlauer Berg

Romantic cobbled streets, lazy weekend breakfasts and a lively flea market have made this district a favorite among families and young couples.

Prenzlauer Berg
Kreuzberg showing outdoor art as well as an individual female

Kreuzberg

4/5Very Good!(161 area reviews)

One of Berlin’s coolest neighborhoods has a long history of youthful indulgence, a diverse ethnic population and some of the city’s best entertainment precincts.

Kreuzberg
Schoeneberg featuring a city

Schoeneberg

4.5/5Wonderful!(130 area reviews)

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Schoeneberg