If you’ve seen an image of Berlin, you’ve probably been looking at Mitte. Mitte is Berlin, and until 1861, the famed Brandenburger Gate was the Western exit from the city. As the name suggests, Mitte is the center of the city, boasting some of the biggest attractions that the city has to offer and serving as the jumping off point for exploring the other areas.
While Mitte is now the place to go to enjoy Berlin’s most upscale side, it was once one of two boroughs that were split into East and West. Mitte now holds many of Berlin’s luxury apartments as well as famed shopping areas like Potzdamer Platz and Friedrichstraße. Foodies will find a good home in Berlin, too. While the city has restaurants serving cuisine from all over the world at all budgets, there are also 18 Michelin-star restaurants to visit, including Pualy Saal, Bandol Sur Mer, and Horvath in Mitte.
Everything! The list is long and grandiose when it comes to Mitte’s sites. The TV tower, the Reichstag, Brandenburger Gate, Alexanderplatz, Jewish Museum, Tiergarten etc. etc. Mitte is the place to see Berlin’s old architecture and be taken by the romantic vision of the country’s capital. One can take a leisurely stroll along the Spree and pass by picturesque cafes, the Berliner Dom, City Palace and the beautiful old institutions of Museum Island.
People often say that living in Berlin is not like living in Germany. Berlin is its own thing full of a multi-kulti, cosmopolitan vibe, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still find some German soul. Clärchens Ballhaus takes you back to the Weimar era and offers a traditional dance hall experience.
Nearest airports: Tegel and Schönefeld, with train links to both around 1 hour
City Centre: You’re there!