WHERE TO STAY in BERLIN: THE BEST NEIGHBORHOODS PERIOD FOR YOUR VISIT
Berlin is eclectic. It is wild and crazy but also cool and sophisticated. It’s home to creative types of all stripes and artists. You can reinvent yourself here and be who you want to become.
Berlin, the capital of the 20th Century and the largest city in Europe, is also Germany’s capital. This metropolis was the site of nearly every major world-changing, history-making event in the past Century: World War I, World War II and the Cold War, which culminated in the dramatic fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.
While it isn’t making headlines, Berlin seems to be the star of the 21st Century. It is the best place to party and clubbing. It attracts artists from all parts of the globe. Thanks to its popular freelancer visa, it is a hub for entrepreneurs and digital nomads.
Although it may not be the most beautiful city in Europe, it makes up for its cool vibe and energy.
It also has many great neighborhoods, each with unique characteristics and personalities. It seems that the “it” neighborhood is always changing, so there are many amazing places to stay, regardless of your budget or interest.
Here’s a list of my top neighborhoods so you can make the most of your stay in Berlin.
Before we get started, I want to share some of the most common questions I get about Berlin.
Which neighborhood is best for budget travelers? There are many fun activities in Friedrichshain. Some of these are free, like seeing the Berlin Wall’s largest section. There are many affordable accommodations available.
Which neighborhood is best for families?
Prenzlauer Berg is often compared to Park Slope in Brooklyn. It was once home to young hipsters, who later married, had children, and stayed there. This hilly area is home to many hip families, great restaurants, and great cafes.
Where is the best place to party?
You can find amazing places to party all around Berlin. But Neukolln is the best place to let off steam. There are many great bars and pubs in the area.
Which neighborhood is best?
Regierungsviertel can be found in the middle of town. It is home to many major sights, such as the Brandenburg Gate and Checkpoint Charlie. This is the ideal place to base yourself if you want to be a tourist and see all the sights.
Friedrichshain: Where Budget Travelers Stay
Friedrichshain, located in East Berlin’s former East Berlin, is a great place to spend a few days. There are many affordable accommodations available. There are many cheap cafes, bars, restaurants and cafes along the streets of Friedrichshain, particularly around the Boxhagener Kiez.
Many free activities include admiring the Berlin Wall’s longest and most intact section or walking (or bicycling) down Karl Marx Allee. This boulevard is flanked by some of the most stunning collections of Stalinist architecture anywhere on the planet.
Best Places to Stay In Friedrichshain
- BUDGET Sunflower Hostel – This friendly hostel has welcomed budget travelers for over 20 years. You can choose from dorms, single rooms or apartments. Breakfast is also included.
- MID RANGE Moxy Berlin Ostbahnhof – Located in the north part of the neighborhood, the Moxy is a fun, hip place to base yourself. It’s straddling Friedrichshain Kreuzberg and Mitte. For those who travel with their furry friends, the hotel is pet-friendly.
- LUXURY Michelberger hotel — The Michelberger is one of Berlin’s most popular places to stay. You’re encouraged to use the lobby as a place to work and to bring your laptop. The Michelberger encourages guests to stay longer with its excellent and extensive menu. The rooms are simple but comfortable.
Kreuzberg: Where to Stay for Charm
Kreuzberg has many faces. One part has a dangerous element. One part is grungy and punk-rock. There is also an industrial section. The section that runs along Landwehr Canal is the second. This section is probably the most beautiful and visually appealing in Berlin. There are many restaurants in the area, which are often elegant and tranquil. The canal banks are also a great place to relax and enjoy a drink as you watch the boats and barges pass by.
Best Places to Stay in Kreuzberg
- BUDGET Die Fabrik Baxpax Hotel — Die Fabrik is located in a former factory, in Kreuzberg’s coolest part. It offers private and shared rooms, Wi-Fi and a bar. A chill outdoor area is also available.
- MID-RANGE Hotel Johann – Johann is a warm, welcoming place to stay. The rooms are spacious and feature high ceilings. There is also free Wi-Fi.
- LUXURY Orania This stylish property has welcomed weary travelers in Kreuzberg since 1913 with its spacious, comfortable rooms. It also offers great service. You will find complimentary coffee, plush bathrobes and bottled water in all rooms.