Commissioned by the East German government to celebrate Berlin's 750th birthday, the twee Nicholas Quarter is a half-hearted attempt at recreating the city's medieval birthplace around its oldest surviving building, the 1230 Nikolaikirche. The maze of cobbled lanes is worth a quick stroll, while several olde-worlde-style restaurants provide sustenance.

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1. Zille Museum

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Like no other artist of his time, Heinrich Zille (1858–1929) managed to capture the hardships of working-class life in the industrial age with empathy and…

2. Knoblauchhaus

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This private late-baroque home features a series of painstakingly restored period rooms that impart a sense of how the well-to-do lived, dressed and spent…

3. Museum Nikolaikirche

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The late-Gothic Church of St Nicholas (1230) is Berlin’s oldest surviving building and is now a museum documenting the architecture and history of the…

4. Hanf Museum

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This eight-room exhibit examines the many uses of hemp as well as its cultural, practical, medicinal and religious significance in various cultures going…

5. Museum Ephraim-Palais

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Once the home of Veitel Heine Ephraim – court jeweller and coin minter to Frederick the Great – this pretty, pint-size 1766 town palace hosts changing…

6. Neuer Marstall

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The 1901 neobaroque Neuer Marstall by Ernst von Ihne once sheltered royal horses and carriages. In 1918 revolutionaries hatched plans to topple the…

7. Rotes Rathaus

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The Rotes Rathaus (Red Town Hall) is the seat of Berlin's governing mayor and a red-brick neo-Renaissance pile completed in 1869. Outside, note the…

8. Neptunbrunnen


This elaborate fountain was designed by Reinhold Begas in 1891 and depicts Neptune holding court over a quartet of buxom beauties symbolising the rivers…