Berlin

Berlin's Districts

17 May 2017

Berlin is four times the size of Paris, and with 12 administrative districts subdivided into 23 Kiez neighbourhoods, it's a good idea to grasp the geography of the city before wandering around. Public transportation is very effective, and you’ll grow to love it as you shuttle between the districts.

Mitte
Since reunification, the old city centre Mitte (meaning ‘middle’) has rightly snatched back the title of most-visited district from Charlottenburg. On and off the boulevard Unter den Linden are baroque and classical monuments to Prussian culture. The architecturally humbler but more neighbourhood-like Scheunenviertel area allows the casually chic to saunter from courtyard gallery to sidewalk café. Only traces are left of the Jewish community that lived here from the late 17th century, welcomed by the Great Elector Friedrich Wilhelm.
Between Mitte and Charlottenburg, the huge Tiergarten park began as the Great Elector’s hunting grounds in the 1600s. Traffic passes through it, doing a dosey-doe around the Siegessäule victory column. The Straße des 17. Juni leads east to the Brandenburger Tor; just south of it are the state museums of the Kulturforum and the Potsdamer Platz district with its soaring corporate buildings.

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