Where to stay in Berlin: best areas and neighborhoods

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Cosmopolitan, clear, green and immense, Berlin is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Divided by the Berlin Wall, one of the greatest post-war wounds, the city is full of monuments and attractions to admire, many of which speak of war and rebirth.

Berlin is "a lot", it is a hymn to music, it is hot and tasty food, it is people on bicycles. One of those cities to visit at least once in a lifetime. So follow us, here's a guide on where to sleep in Berlin, tips and the best neighbourhoods to stay.

Useful tips: the best neighborhoods to stay in Berlin

//wheretosleepberlin Given the size and the many attractions, choosing the best neighbourhood to stay in could prove difficult. However, it is enough to select the neighbourhoods and areas, sometimes very different from each other, depending on what you want to visit and how long you are staying for, connections, interests and your budget for a small or large holiday.

Among the neighbourhoods recommended are Charlottenburg, which is the district of shopping and malls, it is very easy to find accommodation at very low prices here, and Prenzlaure Berg, the neighbourhood with a bohemian soul, considered for all intents and purposes the neighbourhood for families, as it is full of restaurants and shops. Also not to be missed is the Sunday market in Mauerpark. Friedrichshain is the hub of Berlin street art, full of night clubs and bars. The perfect neighbourhood for nightlife lovers is Kreuzberg, chosen every year by many young people.

  • Recommended areas to stay on a budget: Kreuzberg, Neukoelln
  • Recommended areas for families with children: Mitte, Prenzlauer Berg, Charlottenburg, Schöneberg
  • Recommended areas for young people: Mitte, Friedrichshain, Kreuzberg
  • Best accommodation: we have selected the best hotels, B&Bs and hostels in Berlin. Check out our recommendations and make your reservation on Booking

Guide to the areas of Berlin

Berlin is divided into twelve administrative districts, called Bezirk, each with its own mayor and its own district council, equally and respectively located north and south of the River Spree.
The central district is Mitte and today represents the beating tourist heart of the city, thanks to its many shops, museums, restaurants and night clubs. Each district is in turn divided into Kiez (in the central part) or Ortslage (suburbs).

Accommodation varies in characteristics and cost depending on the area, they get cheaper the further away you move from the centre. Speaking of the peripheral neighbourhoods, there is a new emerging neighborhood, the neighbourhood of Wedding, a mainly multicultural and working-class neighbourhood that is slowly transforming the old warehouses and disused factories into fusion eateries and shops, bringing out a hipster soul that will surely compete with Kreuzberg in a few years!

Not recommended areas: Gorlitzer Bahnhof, Warschauer Brucke, Kottbusser Tor, Leopoldplatz, Nollendorfplatz, Hermannplatz and Rigaer Strasse are the least suitable areas to stay, both for the few attractions and accommodation offers, and because it is not recommended to wander alone in the evening

Mitte (Museuminsel Reichstag, Alexanderplatz)

berlino fiume cielo acqua 1 Located in the former East Berlin, Mitte is the central district of the city and extends for about 40 square km. Subdivided in turn into districts characterized respectively by numerical codes ranging from 0101 to 0106, Mitte is the real historical centre.

In fact, it is here that the main attractions are concentrated such as Museumsinsel, the Reichstag, the TV tower in Alexander Platz, one of the most famous squares in all of Berlin, and the Boulevard Unter den Linden leading to the majestic Brandenburg Gate. Finally, the Cathedral is not to be missed.

Mitte is the perfect place for shopping,thanks to the many shops on Friedrichstrasse. It is an area suitable for everyone, families looking for amenities and a central location, and young people looking for fun and nightlife. Here the prices are higher than in the rest of the city, but by booking in advance you can find some good offers!

Here it is easy to get around on foot, but the whole area is served by the S-Bahn, or the metro, and by many buses. However, the S-Bahn remains the best means of transport and there are numerous stations throughout the district.

Average prices in the neighborhood range from about €70,00 for low-cost accommodation to €650,00 for more expensive options - compare the best accommodation on booking

Accommodation Description
Best Western Hotel am Spittelmarkt Ideal hotel for families and couples, located just 150 metres from the Spittelmarkt metro station.
Steps-Hotel A very small family run hotel, with rooms and apartments. Inside you will also find a small beer garden.
Amstel House Hostel Just a few minutes from the Zoologischer train station, this hostel is ideal for couples. For an extra fee, it possible to use the internal parking at the facility
Hotel Adlon Kempinski Featuring a Michelin-starred restaurant, this luxurious neoclassical hotel is also equipped with an 800 square metre spa and gym. Ideal for families and couples.

east side gallery berlino strutture 1 Not far from Mitte we find Friedrichshain, which has been defined as the emerging district par excellence. So called because the Volkspark Friedrichshain, one of the largest and most famous parks in Berlin is located on the northern border with Prenzlauer Berg (another important district of Berlin). Also not to be missed in this neighborhood is the East Side Gallery.

Friedrichshain is perhaps the district located in the most strategic position, thanks to the very important Ostbahnhof railway junction and the six stations present there, which follow the lines U5 and U1. Thanks to the efficient network of connections (bus, tram and metro) and Simon-Dach Strasse, the street of fashion, bars, cafes and clubs, lined up one after the other, it is the most popular district for young people. Therefore ideal for couples or groups of friends.

Average prices in the neighborhood range from about €70,00 for low-cost accommodation to €800,00 for more expensive options - compare the best accommodation on booking

Accommodation Description
MEININGER Hotel Berlin East Side Gallery Right opposite the East Side Gallery, within easy reach of major attractions and just 11km from Berlin Tegel Airport. Equipped with a bar and play area, it is ideal for families with children
BackpackerBerlin Hostel with both rooms and dorms located on Knorrpromenade. Ideal for young people or couples
Orania Berlin Located inside a historic building, dating back to 1913, it is popular with artists. Ideal for families or couples

Kreuzberg (Jewish Museum, Checkpoint Charlie)

berlino kreuzberg friedrichshain The multi-ethnic neighbourhood par excellence: between graffiti and cafes, Kreuzberg is another of the most important districts in Berlin. Anarchic and a bit bohemian, the Kreuzberg district is crossed by three main roads: Oranienstrasse, Landwehrkanal and Bergmannstrasse.

It is also home to two of the city's most important tourist attractions: the Jewish Museum and Checkpoint Charlie. It is a very unique neighbourhood. Curiousities include Maybachufer, or the Turkish market that takes place on Tuesdays and Fridays, along the canal that crosses the neighbourhood, where you can find cheap souvenirs and excellent kebabs. Also not to be missed is the view of the district from Viktoriapark.

Today, Kreuzberg mainly attracts students, foreigners and curious and counter-trend young people. Thanks to the very low prices of accommodation and the lively nightlife, it is the perfect destination for younger tourists.

Average prices in the neighborhood range from about €60,00 for low-cost accommodation to €550,00 for more expensive options - compare the best accommodation on booking

Accommodation Description
Nhow Berlin The first musical hotel in Europe, it is equipped with a wellness centre and two professional recording studios. Ideal for young people and couples
Holiday Inn Express Berlin City Centre A few minutes from Potsdamer Platz, it is equipped with garage parking, reception-ticket office and being a few metres from the Anhalter Bahnhof station is well connected to the whole city. Ideal for families
Grand Hostel Berlin Urban Modern hostel with 24-hour reception, parking, laundry service, smoking area and terrace. Family rooms also available. Ideal for groups of friends

Prenzlauer Berg (Volkspark, Mauerpark)

prenzlauer berg berlino tramonto Located south of the city, it is the most urbanized neighbourhood in the Pankow district. An excellent strategic point for connections in the city, there are three stations on line 2 of the U-Bahn in this district: Eberswalder Strasse, Senefelderplatz and Schonhauser Allee, as well as numerous stations on the S-Bahn line. Another convenient means to use in this neighbourhood is the M tram, which reaches and covers different parts of the district.

Among the most important attractions here are the Gethsemane Church, which played a very important role during the peaceful revolution of 1989, and the former water tower "Fat Hermann", which was used as a place of torture during the Nazi era.

Prenzlauer Berg, thanks to its quiet climate and excellent connections with the rest of the city, is the most recommended neighbourhood for families. It is certainly one of the best neighbourhoods to stay in.

Average prices in the neighborhood range from about €90,00 for low-cost accommodation to €914,00 for more expensive options - compare the best accommodation on booking

Accommodation Description
Victor's Residenz-Hotel Berlin Elegant hotel just two tram stops from Alexanderplatz. All rooms have satellite TV with free Sky channels. Ideal for couples
Generator Berlin Prenzlauer Berg Hostel with bike rental service, pool table, table football, typical souvenir shop and an excellent brewery. It offers private rooms and is located opposite the Landsberger Allee S-Bahn station. Ideal for young people
Pension Central Hostel Berlin Free parking, lounge, kitchen and shared services. A few minutes from the train station and the Greifswalder Strasse tram stop. cheaper solution for couples or groups of friends
Apartments Rosenthal Residence Wonderful 5-star residence with apartments with views of the city, with a kitchen. Daily maid service and room service. Ideal for families and couples

Charlottenburg (Zoo, Savigny Platz, Tiergarten)

castello di charlottenburg The most chic district in Berlin, packed with trendy shops, theatres and museums. Crossed by the River Spree and the Landwehrkanal artificial canal, Charlottenburg is located in the western part of the city and was the location of the film "We children from Bahnhof zoo", based on the novel of the same name by Christiane F.

Among the most important attractions are the Zoo, one of the largest in Germany, the tower of Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedachtniskirche, a memorial church of Emperor Wilhelm, and the Europa shopping centre, which stands on the ruins of the Romaniches Cafè: an ancient meeting place for famous artists. With all these attractions and all the amenities in the area, Charlottenburg is the ideal place to stay for families.

The area is quite a distance from the centre, but it is well served thanks to Berlin Charlottenburg station and Tiergarten station. Alternatively, from the zoo you can stroll through the wonderful Großer Tiergarten and arrive at the Brandenburg Gate, which is located at the opposite entrance to the park.

Average prices in the neighborhood range from about €68,00 for low-cost accommodation to €750,00 for more expensive options - compare the best accommodation booking

Accommodation Description
Leonardo Hotel Berlin Great location, just minutes from Tegel airport and Bismarckstrasse station. Air-conditioned rooms with every comfort. Ideal for both couples and families.
Goodman's Living Convenient solution 100 m from Bismarckstrasse station which provides connections with lines U2 and U7. Studio apartment, ideal for young people.
Lodgecity - Private Rooms B Private rooms with shared bathroom, a few kilometres from the Reichstag, Brandenburg Gate and Berlin Tegel Airport. Ideal for couples and groups of friends.
Waldorf Astoria Berlin On the Kurfurstendamm shopping boulevard, art deco interiors, wellness treatments in a Guerlain Spa. Equipped with swimming pool, gym and library with panoramic views. Ideal for families and couples.

Neukoelln (Tempelhof Park, Opera, Britzer Garten)

berlin neukolln quartiere Perhaps less touristy than the others, but for this very reason much more alternative. Neukoelln has often been called "the little Istanbul" for the many Turkish restaurants and spicy delicacies, whose scents seep into the narrow streets of the neighbourhood.

Interesting and waiting to be discovered, it is the district with the Neukoelln Opera House, the Tempelhof Field (former airport), where you can rent skates or relax with a picnic, and with the Puppet Theatre Museum. In general, the area is full of art galleries, restaurants and clubs which have made it one of the most sought after areas in recent years. It is also characterized by a lively nightlife, thanks to the many clubs, making it ideal for young people and those on a budget.

The neighbourhood is served by the Hermannplatz U-Bahn station (metro lines U7 and U8), which will allow you to move around easily and reach numerous attractions and the city centre.

Average prices in the neighborhood range from about €67,00 for low-cost accommodation to €550,00 for more expensive options - compare the best accommodation on booking

Accommodation Description
EASY Lodges Berlin Chalet-style cottage, with terraces and large garden equipped with barbecue and outdoor seating. Ideal for families, couples and young people
Ibis Berlin Neukolln One minute away from the Grenzalee metro, with a bar open 24 hours a day. In the surroundings, many restaurants, both German and international. Ideal for any type of tourist
Grand Hostel Berlin Urban Equipped with a beautiful winter garden with panoramic views over the entire city, this is a comfortable and affordable hostel. Ideal for couples and young people.
Estrel Berlin Super modern 4-star hotel with spa and wellness centre, gym, restaurant and bar. 24-hour reception, parking available and pets allowed. Ideal for families and couples

Schöneberg (Schlosstrasse, Rheinstrasse)

Last but not least is Schöneberg, a large residential neighbourhood located between the districts of Charlottenburg, to the west, and Kreuzberg, to the east. Except for a few large streets, such as Schlosstrasse and Rheinstrasse, full of shops and always teeming with life, the rest of the secondary streets are quiet and full of greenery.

It is definitely one of the best areas for families looking for tranquility, large spaces and little hastle. Equipped with all services, there are no particular attractions but, given its position, it allows you to easily reach the rest of the city. It is not recommended for those looking for nightlife, because in the evening there are very few clubs that stay open all night.

The district is well served by the U-Bahn, the main stations are U-Bahnhof Kleistpark (line U7), U-Bülowstraße (lines U2 and U3) and the larger U-Bhf Kurfürstenstraße (lines U1 and U3). There are also numerous buses and S-Bahn stops.

Average prices in the neighborhood range from about €65,00 for low-cost accommodation to €140,00 for more expensive options - compare the best accommodation on booking

Accommodation Description
Hotel Sachsenhof Hotel close to the metro, with family rooms, 24-hour reception and bar. Pets allowed and parking. Ideal for families and couples
Hotel-Pension Michele Guest house with parking, availability of family rooms and pets allowed. Ideal for families
Palacina Berlin - Serviced Apartments Elegant apartments with hotel services, equipped with modern kitchen, garden, terrace and washing machine. Ideal for families

Places to stay near Berlin

brandenburgertor berlino 1 Berlin is a very large city. The distances to travel from one attraction to another or from one district to another are often long and consequently can take a long time in terms of metro and train stops. To visit the city at its best we therefore recommend you decide which attractions you want to visit before arriving, seeing them all in a few days is practically impossible when you consider the multitude of attractions and distances between them.
If you are short on time, it is advisable not to stay outside Berlin, as the distances and travel times would be even longer, making the visit even more difficult and tiring.

If you are in Berlin for business or as a one-day stopover to other destinations, consider sleeping near the airport. Find the best solutions and selected hotels on Booking.com

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