The districts of Berlin - find the one that suits you best.
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In brief: a mixture of middle-class and upscale residential areas, a commercial centre, with an emphasis on luxury goods on and around Kurfürstendamm, home to numerous theatres.
Highlights: Kurfürstendamm with its countless shops, Berlin Zoo, Charlottenburg Palace, the Olympic Stadium.
Getting there: the gateway to this district is, and always has been, Zoologischer Garten Station, served by numerous suburban train and underground lines.
Why stay: treat yourself to a plethora of cultural offerings, such as opera and theatre, while living in sophisticated surroundings. Not to mention the area's wide range of shopping possibilities.
In brief: a trendy neighbourhood in the eastern portion of Berlin, with an urban and creative flair, which attracts a mainly young crowd.
Highlights: Germany's largest architectural monument, the Karl-Marx-Allee, the world's largest open-air gallery, and multi-faceted nightlife.
Getting there: ideally linked to the rest of the city via the Ostbahnhof, Warschauer Strasse, and Ostkreuz. Yellow trams wend their way through the entire district.
Why stay: live right in the heart of one of Berlin's best nightlife scenes and experience the neighbourhood’s creative, urban lifestyle for yourself.
In brief: Family district / Quiet area
Getting there: S-Bahn line S75 / several Tram lines
Why stay: Great if you want to stay somewhere quieter
In brief: extremely animated neighbourhood, by day and by night. The city's stronghold of alternative thinking.
Highlights: the Jewish Museum, Berlin's biggest street party, the Carnival of Cultures, urban park life in Görlitzer Park.
Getting there: five metro lines pass through this neighbourhood. Transportation hub is Kottbusser Tor, and the U1 line runs like a backbone right through the centre of the district.
Why stay: live right at the heart of Berlin's urban and alternative lifestyle, and close to the city's vibrant nightlife.
In brief: prefab buildings from the GDR times and some real authentic spots. The most interesting area for visitors is the part that borders the district of Friedrichshain.
Highlights: Tierpark zoo in Friedrichsfelde and the Memorial of Hohenschönhausen (the former Stasi prison).
Getting there: very good access to the south with the underground line U5. Eleven tram lines run across the area, so easy access to other regions too.
Why stay: you'll be close to the bustling, modern district of Friedrishain but also be able to get a decent night's sleep.
In brief: district in the Eastern outskirts, dominated by high-rises and extensive residential areas but also by its many detached houses and green spaces.
Highlights: Gärten der Welt (Gardens of the World), the Gründerzeit museum, the museum in Mahlsdorf.
Getting there: lines S7, S5, and U5 connect the district with the city centre. Line M6 goes from Alexanderplatz to Hellersdorf.
Why stay: its peripheral location means that it’s close to the towns and green spaces of Brandenburgo.
In brief: not only the geographical centre of Berlin, but also the city's stronghold of culture, art, fashion and academics.
Highlights: most of the city's best museums, the Holocaust Memorial, and cultural centres such as the Friedrichstadtpalast and the Berliner Ensemble Theatre.
Getting there: transportation hub is Alexanderplatz, where numerous S-Bahn (Suburban Train), metro and tram lines intersect. Also bus lines 100 and 200 plus the city sightseeing tour via public transport.
Why stay: quite simply, you're at the heart of it all. Perfect starting point for sightseeing tours or extended shopping trips.
In brief: the city's green centrepiece, with its 210 hectare park, is ideal for recreational activities.
Highlights: the Grosser Tiergarten Park, Berlin Zoo, the flea market on Strasse des 17. Juni, the Reichstag's impressive dome.
Getting there: three main transport hubs are located in this district: Hauptbahnhof, Zoologischer Garten, and Potsdamer Platz.
Why stay: your surroundings are quiet and calm, yet you're just a stone's throw away from the main attractions, tons of recreational activities, and cultural offerings.
In brief: inexpensive inner city district, featuring old industrial buildings and factories, modern residential areas, and a large Turkish community.
Highlights: Berlin Modernist housing estates, Volkspark Humboldthain, Berlin Underworld Museum.
Getting there: the eastern portion of the district is served by numerous Suburban train lines, and the west has connections to the U6 and U9. The Ringbahn stops at Wedding and Gesundbrunnen.
Why stay: Living here is cheap, less focused on tourists and close to the centre of town.
In brief: the northern part which borders Kreuzberg is an up-and-coming centre of art and fashion; the southern portion is more rustic, with a suburban feel.
Highlights: the cultural event "48 Hours Neukölln" which takes place in June, a fresh new fashion scene, Britzer Garden.
Getting there: the U7 and U8 lines pass through the district, and there are also several Ringbahn station stops. Numerous bus lines operate in the southern part of the area.
Why stay: the northern section of Neukölln is considered almost as cool as Kreuzberg, but has cheaper rental prices. An interesting cultural diversity among its residents.
In brief: conveniently close to the city centre. It's the quiet and peaceful sister district to trendy Prenzlauer Berg.
Highlights: Schönhausen Palace, Bürgerpark, Golf-Resort Pankow.
Getting there: main transport hub is the Pankow suburban train and underground station. Served by the U2, S2, S8, and S9 lines. Tram lines M1 and 50 also pass through the district.
Why stay: peaceful yet not too far from centre.
In brief: charming neighbourhood with many pre-war buildings, a lively café, bar, and restaurant scene, and fantastic public transport connections to the city centre.
Highlights: varied nightlife and a huge selection of good restaurants, unique shopping opportunities, the Mauerpark and its flea market, the KulturBrauerei cultural centre.
Getting there: the Ringbahn (Suburban Train Ring) makes connections to the rest of the city quick and easy. The U2, as well as lots of tram lines, take you to the city centre and to Alexanderplatz.
Why stay: great options for evening entertainment, ideal for staying with children, close to Berlin Mitte and its tourist attractions.
In brief: The city's best-loved green district, with rural charm and an idyllic, village-like atmosphere in the North of Berlin.
Highlights: Tegeler See Lake and the Greenwich Promenade, Borsigwerke and the Alt-Reinickendorf neighbourhood with Berlin's oldest church.
Getting there: You can reach the district's northern neighbourhoods via the Suburban Train lines S1 or S25. Tegel, Reinickendorf, and Wittenau are linked to the city centre by the U6 and U8 lines.
Why stay: There are lots of green spaces close to the river.
In brief: lively, inner-city district in Berlin's West, with a strong gay and lesbian scene, as well as the typical Berlin bourgeoisie.
Highlights: weekly outdoor market at Winterfeldplatz, Christopher Street Day in June, the KaDeWe.
Getting there: the district's most important station is Südkreuz, located in the south west. Wittenberg- and Nollendorfplatz are transportation hubs for the Underground.
Why stay: to experience a lively, yet authentic neighbourhood in Berlin. The atmosphere is relaxed, the residents are tolerant, and from here, you can reach all other sections of the city in no time.
In brief: Berlin's westernmost district. Spandau is actually older than Berlin, so you'll often hear residents refer to themselves as "Spandauer," rather than "Berliner."
Highlights: Spandau Citadel, the Siemensstadt neighbourhood, Spandau Old Town, and the annual Christmas Market.
Getting there: Spandau Train Station is the centrepiece of the district. Numerous regional trains stop here, as does the S5 line. The district is also connected to the Underground network via the U7 line.
Why stay: Do you prefer a small town atmosphere, yet still want easy access to the city centre? Spandau is traditional and eclectic, with an enchanting Old Town.
In brief: calm and quiet, lots of flair, nestled between several trendy districts, a more suburban feel in its southern portion.
Highlights: Tempelhofer Freiheit airport grounds, Tempelhofer Hafen shopping centre.
Getting there: Connections to the Ringbahn in its northern section, the U6 line links Tempelhof to Kreuzberg and the city centre, travel within the southern section primarily by bus.
Why stay: green surroundings, a central location, yet quiet and informal, perfect for a holiday with the kids.
In brief: Berlin's largest district, 70% of which is made up of forests, other green areas, and water. Köpenick, especially in its historic centre, has all the charm of a countryside village.
Highlights: Köpenick Palace, Köpenick Blues & Jazz Festival, Treptower Park and its imposing Soviet Memorial.
Getting there: Treptower Park, Schöneweide, and Köpenick are transport hubs for numerous Suburban train and tram lines.
Why stay: the most authentic of Berlin's eastern districts, with the city's highest percentage of forest and lake landscapes.
In brief: northeast of Berlin - quiet and peaceful surroundings just outside of the city.
Highlights: Weissensee Jewish Cemetery, Flower Festival in June, Kreuzpfuhl housing estate, the Weisse See lake.
Getting there: M2 and M4 lines from Alexanderplatz directly to the centre of Weissensee. Line 12 runs from Weissensee to Prenzlauer Berg while M13 connects to Friedrichshain.
Why stay: tranquil, village-like surroundings but still want to be close to the city centre.
In brief: the bourgeois ‘little sister’ of Charlottenburg, close to Kurfürstendamm and the sprawling, lush green recreational area of Grunewald.
Highlights: Grunewald Hunting Lodge, Gleis 17 Memorial, Kurfürstendamm.
Getting there: easily reached on the Underground lines U3, U7, and U9; the S7 line links Grunewald to the city centre.
Why stay: quiet, safe, and clean surroundings - and yet you're still close to the western portion of the city centre. Easy access to attractions such as the Zoo and Tiergarten.
In brief: this district's many forests and lakes make it ideal for both relaxation and activity holidays. Located far away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre.
Highlights: Wannsee, Grunewald, the Dahlem Museum Centre, Wannsee Conference House.
Getting there: the eastern portion of the district has connections to the U3 and U9 lines, and from the western portion, you can take the S1 towards the city centre.
Why stay: quiet, green surroundings make it a perfect setting for all sorts of outdoor activities.
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Did you know?
Berlin's Television Tower is 368m high. You can take in spectacular views of the city over dinner at the rotating restaurant.