Divided by the Berlin Wall for decades and now separated into several vastly differing neighborhoods, Berlin’s Mitte offers an intriguing cross section of the city. The district’s staggering TV tower rises from Alexanderplatz and has become a symbol of the city since its construction during the Cold War. Visit the fashionable shopping districts, an island dedicated to cultural institutions and some of Germany’s finest restaurants. Spend a day exploring the district on foot to see many of Berlin’s major attractions and to engage with its cosmopolitan residents going about their daily lives.

Start your exploration at Alexanderplatz, home to Berlin’s TV Tower (Fernsehturm). At 1,207 feet (368 meters) tall, the tower is one of the tallest structures in Germany and in the European Union. Walk around the pedestrianized area surrounding the tower to discover the World Time Clock installation as well as restaurants, bars and hotels. Beneath your feet you’ll find the Alexanderplatz U-Bahn station, one of the busiest in the city.

Walk the short distance to Hackescher Markt for excellent shopping. Choose between independent boutiques and international fashion outlets. The residential area to its north, between Linienstrasse and Torstrasse, is home to a number of small restaurants, cozy bars and the KW Institute, one of Berlin’s leading contemporary art institutions.

For more art and cultural museums, travel to Museum Island (Museumsinsel). Originally the sister city of Berlin, named Cölln, the island’s history dates back to the 13th century. Today the northern part of the island is known as Museum Island, the site of many of the city’s most significant museums and galleries, including the Pergamon Museum, the Old National Gallery and the New Museum. Purchase bundled tickets to see multiple institutions.

Join a walking tour departing from Alexanderplatz to see the historic sites of the city center, including Checkpoint Charlie, the Brandenburg Gate and the Holocaust Memorial also known as Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. Mitte is well served by tram, train and bus. Find parking in lots and on streets throughout the area.

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Top hotels in Mitte

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Hotel Berlin, Berlin
4.5 out of 5
Lützowplatz 17, Berlin
NZ$121/night
28 Jul. - 29 Jul.
4.2/5Very Good! (6,926 reviews)

"Comfortable and clean. Excellent breakfast. Very good staff."…"

Reviewed on 17 Jul. 2019

Hotel Berlin, Berlin
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Park Inn by Radisson Berlin Alexanderplatz
4.5 out of 5
Alexanderplatz 7, Berlin
NZ$126/night
25 Jul. - 26 Jul.
4/5Very Good! (8,781 reviews)

"The location is close to the attractions and the shopping department store and the restaurants"…"

Reviewed on 11 Jul. 2019

Park Inn by Radisson Berlin Alexanderplatz
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Steigenberger Hotel Am Kanzleramt
5 out of 5
Ella-Trebe-Straße 5, Berlin
NZ$162/night
11 Aug. - 12 Aug.
4.6/5Exceptional! (3,593 reviews)

"Spacious, well furnished room. It was dusty though."…"

Reviewed on 14 Jul. 2019

Steigenberger Hotel Am Kanzleramt
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Select Hotel Berlin Gendarmenmarkt
4 out of 5
Charlottenstrasse 66, Berlin
NZ$102/night
21 Jul. - 22 Jul.
4.1/5Very Good! (2,020 reviews)

"location is good. rooms are clean. helpful staff. pillows are hard."…"

Reviewed on 9 Jul. 2019

Select Hotel Berlin Gendarmenmarkt
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Scandic Berlin Potsdamer Platz
4 out of 5
Gabriele Tergit Promenade 19, Berlin
NZ$108/night
11 Aug. - 12 Aug.
4.5/5Wonderful! (3,343 reviews)

"Central location and nearby U Bahn station was perfect for my visit to Berlin. The room's climate control was seriously underpowered during the heatwave when I was there and provision of a stand fan barely helped during the nights."…"

Reviewed on 12 Jul. 2019

Scandic Berlin Potsdamer Platz
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The Westin Grand, Berlin
5 out of 5
Friedrichstr. 158-164, Berlin
NZ$162/night
15 Aug. - 16 Aug.
4.4/5Wonderful! (2,036 reviews)

"Excellent location within walking distance to many tourist attractions, close to public transportation, great breakfast buffet, but the paneling in the entrance to the room, left over from the Grand Hotel’s communist past, (before it became a Westin), is outdated and a bit depressing."…"

Reviewed on 18 Jul. 2019

The Westin Grand, Berlin

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