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Berlin may well be the European capital of cool. The city belongs to the young people – the post-Berlin Wall generation – and it pulls of a heady combination of libertarianism, rebellion and loyalty with flair. It’s a large city by European standards, and while it has a highly-efficient, easily navigable transport system, first-time visitors would do well to base themselves within one of the central districts, where the main attractions and a lot of the nightlife is located. The city does exceptionally well at providing good quality, budget accommodation, including in all the districts below.
At the heart of modern-day Berlin, Mitte (which means ‘middle’) was at one point the westernmost city of East Berlin. Since reunification, it has slowly but surely established itself as Berlin’s true centre, and now attracts the tourism it deserves. Home to the German parliament and iconic landmarks such as the Brandenburg Gate, the Potsdamer Platz and Checkpoint Charlie, Mitte is perfect for those wishing to explore Berlin’s cultural and political heritage, whilst still taking advantage of chic cafes and restaurants.
This district, bordering Mitte, is dynamic and exciting, popular with young designers and entrepreneurs. History and modernity sit in contrast here: on the one hand, the memory of the East-West divide looms large, with the exceptional Jewish Museum and the longest intact section of the Berlin Wall. On the other, sleek, modern buildings and museums dedicated to modern architecture, science and technology show that this district is stepping confidently into the future. There are plenty of green spaces here and riverboat cruises are available on the canal, making it a good choice for families, whilst the area’s legendary nightlife will attract young revellers.
Charlottenburg is true city chic. As Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg has asserted itself as the nightlife and cool-kid district of choice, Charlottenburg in turn has become ever-more upmarket. One of Berlin’s major boulevards is located here: Kurfürstendamm is the German equivalent of Paris’ Champs-Elysees. As well as Berlin’s best shopping district, This district also boasts the oft-photographed Charlottenburg Palace, once a royal residence, and plenty of museums. For those seeking a bit of respite from the city, Charlottenburg offers easy access to the Grunewald forest, a nature reserve covering over 7,000 acres within Berlin’s city limits.
Traditionally Berlin’s gay neighbourhood, Schöneberg is a district which practises tolerance and brings together a diverse set of people. The Winderfelt Markt offers wonderful fresh produce d is a great place to browse, whilst the district’s range of quirky, independent restaurants and bars have something from just about every culture, from Turkish to Cuban. Top this off with a few old-fashioned cabaret venues and Schöneberg has the perfect mix for an off-beat Berlin experience.
x The average starting price for a place to stay in Berlin is £58 per night.
achun07 This hostel was VERY clean. The atmosphere was great for travelers and it is very comfortable. The amenities offered--a kitchen, two bathrooms, and nightstands for everyone. The hostel staff is amazing and very responsive to things/issues. I highly recommend this hostel for anyone who is coming to Berlin for a short/extended stay. The staff will help you with how to use the train systems here and the hot spots for certain activities (shopping/clubbing/where to get regular things/laundry) as well. I enjoyed staying here very much!
Mommsenstr. 6 10623 BerlinOutstanding 95%
rotschopf9 Great downtown location - only a couple of metres from the Kurfuerstendamm. The host was very friendly and accomodating. We were even allowed to leave our luggage for the whole day on our departure day with pick up at our convenience ... and no extra charge! Lots of great restaurants just around the corner as well as a supermarket. Tube station within minutes if the B&B. Breakfast basic but nice. We would definitely stay there again!!!
BRussell Excellent cost, excellent crowd. Close to things on the East side of Berlin. Far from the West side hot spots (Bradenburg Tor, Victory Column). By far a great hostel.
kmak80 We had a fantastic stay at Vannis Haus and the warm welcome lasted the whole time. A great location to reach many of the different parts of the city. We will return some day soon.
wacky1985 Near station. Clean and enough space. Nice receptionist. Quiet place. With computer but no wifi. Kitchen is available only for long term renter.
visser_ric Totally loved this hostel. There are very few rules, It's small and has a cool living room which creates a really homely atmosphere. Service is great and very personal. The rooms are good, non-squeeky beds, not too hot, not too noisy. The location is great: 1st it's in the East of berlin which is way nicer, 2nd there's like half a dozen cheap places to eat and as many evening stores at a stonethrow away. 3rd it's very close to a subway station that's close to alexanderplatz, so basically you can get anywhere in the city without any effort. Coming back here next time I'll go to Berlin!
lucdegroen We have verry much enjoyed our stay in the Jetpak hostel. The service was great, it was a verry good lokation for what we wanted and it was clean and comfortable. But the best for us was that it gave us the feeling that whenever we would have a problem or a question, the hostel was a place to go to, and where they would have a anwser or an solution.
matteo.mus Fantastic apartment very clean and near to Alexander Platz, about 10 Km. Very quite area, the owner was also very kind.
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