Ground zero for young bohemians in the 1990s, Prenzlauer Berg has evolved into a more gentrified version of its former student-friendly zone. Still popular with young people, only they are young professionals and soccer moms on laptops in cafés. Prenzlauer is also known for trendy restaurants, bars, boutiques, and art galleries. Enjoy nightlife near Eberswalder Strasse’s U-Bahn station, and in the western part of the neighborhood bleeding into Mitte, go to Wall Park (“Mauerpark”) a former no man's land between the East/West border.
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.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Suitable for all kinds of travelers, especially those looking for trendy spots in Berlin.
- Tours may include guide, round trip hotel transport, but not food or drink. Check specific tours for details.
- Walk along Bernauer Strasse (behind the buildings) to soak up the outdoor Wall museum (accessible 8:00am - 10:00pm daily) to see a section of the original Wall, escape tunnels, and a chapel; climb to the observation deck for a view.
How to Get There
Prenzlauer Berg is easy to reach from all points of the city. Several S-Bahn lines such as S3, S5, S7, S9 and U-Bahn line U8 end up at Alexanderplatz Bhf, and U2 stops at Senefelderplatz, which is a few minutes away from the center of the neighborhood.
When to Get There
Travelers have plenty to do in Mitte, day or night, depending on activity and interest. Come Saturdays for the street market at Kollwitzstrasse. Daytime people-watching is the best at Mauerpark. At night, enjoy the nightlife at bars and clubs. In general, the best time to visit Berlin is the late spring (though May and June can be rainy) and the early summer months, especially for the legendary Love parade in July. Rates are lower in the fall and winter.
See the Stars at Zeiss Grossplanetarium
With a space-age silver dome measuring 98-feet (30-meter) in diameter, the high-tech Zeiss planetarium is the largest planetarium in Central Europe. While it’s typically difficult to see stars through the cloudy skies of Berlin, the mysteries of the cosos are on full display here, through telescopes and a wide range of presentations, many of which are in English and kid-friendly.
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