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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.
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.
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!
mar.montal Accomodation is clean, confortable, easy facilities, very well communicated with Berlin center and the best, Andreas that is kind and helpfull.
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.
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
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!
Nik. Grand Hostel? Yes, it is. You will find yourself in a place where you wonder whether it is a small hotel or a hostel. It is a nice and very clean in the "Gründerzeit" built house with high ceiliings and a well furnitured lobby where you can get delicious "all u can eat" breakfast for 6,50€. Located close to one of Europe's best kebap places, historical sights and a metro station you can reach everything from here on quite easily. The young friendly and multilingual hosts will give you a map and a lot of ideas where to start from and what to do! We booked a double room and had a little surprise on our pillows... We visited Berlin during Berlinale so we paid a little bit more than usual, but still totally worth it!!
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