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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 £61 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!
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.
Warschauerplatz 6-8Excellent 92%
barnardo.zondag What a perfect stay for us. The staff was brilliant!!! Very friendly and very helpfull! Wish there was a plus in Munich and in Franfurt!!!!!!! Great value for money!
spiglet Absolutley brilliant hostel, could not fault it although free internet would be a bonus. Staff were excellent, very knowledgeable and extremely helpful. All you can eat breakfast for 4.50€ kept us full all day
jenniesue This was a great hostel and I would highly recommend it. It was very clean and the staff were professional. Wombat's has great facilities, with a bar, plenty of computers and internet access, laundry and attached restaurant. Rooms were modern and comfortable with ensuite bathrooms. Everything felt very clean. The location is a short walk to the subway and Alexanderplatz, as well as several up and coming neighborhoods. Staff were very helpful. While staying here one of my roommates was found to have bed bugs. The staff handled it very professionally and immediately transferred me to a new room, gave coins for laundry and free drink coupons. I shudder to think what would have happened if this had occurred at a different hostel. I would definitely recommend staying with Wombats.
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