Along with the Berlin Wall (Mitte used to be entirely in East Berlin), must-see sites in Mitte are Brandenburg Gate, the city’s sole surviving gate and a symbol of the division that held for decades; the Reichstag Building, the seat of the German government; Museum Island, an area with several of the city’s most popular and important museums are located:xa0 the Pergamon, Bode, Altes, Alte Nationalgalerie, and Neues museums. Shoppers will enjoy Friedrichstrasse, Berlin’s most famous shopping strip, and Hackescher Markt, where boutiques focus on local designers.
Travelers have many options to explore Mitte and all its attractions on their own or as part of half-day, full-day, group or private tours on foot or by hop on/hop off bus, limousine, boat, or bike, focusing on themes like sightseeing, shopping, and nightlife.
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Things to Know Before You Go
- Suitable for travelers of all ages and interests.
- In the Reichstag Building there are audio tours (with reservation) in the glass dome, that bring to life the history of the city.
- Zoom to the top of the Berlin TV Tower (Fernsehturm), one of the tallest structures in Europe, for the best view of the city.
- Tours may include guide, round trip hotel transport, but not food or drink.
- Check specific tours for details.
How to Get There
Mitte is a 15-square-mile (39-square-kilometer) neighborhood located in the very middle of Berlin. Travelers taking public transport, hop on the U-Bahn line 6 to the Berlin Friedrichstrasse stop and walk about 3 minutes to the theater. Within Mitte is also Alexanderplatz, a large square and public transportation hub with many shopping options.
When to Get There
Travelers have plenty to do in Mitte, day or night, depending on activity and interest. In general, the best time to visit Berlin is the spring (though it’s quite rainy, especially in May and June) and the summer month, especially for the legendary Love parade in July. Rates are lower in the fall and winter when temperatures drop.
Don’t Miss “old” Berlin in Nikolaiviertel
Underneath the GDR-era TV Tower in Mitte is the earliest settlement of Berlin, dating back to 1200, and a tiny place of fascination. After the heavy bombing of World War II, Nikolaiviertel was in dire straits like the rest of the city. But in 1979, faithfully restored the little charming buildings and cobblestone streets to their original state.
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