Berlin in detail

Where to Stay

NeighbourhoodForAgainst
Historic MitteClose to major sights like Reichstag and Brandenburger Tor; great transport links; mostly high-end hotels; Michelin-starred and other top restaurants; close to theatre, opera and classical concert venuesTouristy, expensive, pretty dead at night
Museumsinsel & AlexanderplatzSupercentral sightseeing quarter; easy transport access; close to blockbuster sights and mainstream shopping; large and new hotelsNoisy, busy and dusty thanks to major construction; hardly any nightlife
Potsdamer Platz & TiergartenUrban flair in Berlin's only high-rise quarter; cutting-edge architecture; high-end international hotels; top museums, Philharmonie and multiplex cinemas; next to huge Tiergarten city parkLimited eating options; pricey; practically no street life at night
ScheunenviertelHipster quarter; trendy, historic, central; brims with boutique and designer hotels; superb indie and trendy chain shopping; international eats and strong cafe scene; top galleries and plenty of street artPricey, busy in daytime, noisy, no parking, touristy
City West & CharlottenburgThe former heart of ‘West Berlin’; great shopping at KaDeWe and on Kurfürstendamm; stylish lounges, ‘Old Berlin’ bars and quality restaurants; best range of good-value lodging; historic B&BsSedate; far from key sights and happening nightlife
Kreuzberg & NeuköllnVibrant arty, underground and multicultural party quarter; best for bar-hopping and clubbing; high-vibe; great foodie scene; excellent street artGritty, noisy and busy; U-Bahn ride(s) away from major sights
FriedrichshainStudent and young family quarter; bubbling nightlife; superb Cold War–era sightsLimited sleeping options; not so central for sightseeing; transport difficult in some areas
Prenzlauer BergWell-heeled, clean, charming residential area; lively cafe and restaurant scene; indie boutiques and Mauerpark flea marketLimited late-night action, few essential sights