Berlin is not just a run-of-the-mill city. The German capital has seen its fair share of cultural revolutions, political shifts in power and revitalization of districts, and has what some might call a colorful past.
Different sections offer different wonders and different kinds of excitement and entertainment. We will cover just a fraction of neighborhoods that can be found in the city centre, the West Berlin, and the East Berlin. We will dive into just some of the different areas of Berlin that might tickle your fancy.
This is the source of Berlin – it is from here that the city grew into what it is today. The original small settlement lay quietly on the river Spree in the 1200s. You can see the Reichstag and hit the shops. The cosmopolitan atmosphere will help you relax and soak up the Mitte experience. If this is not your cup of tea, don’t fret – we are just getting started.
What separates this section of Berlin’s centre from all others is its cultural diversity. A person visiting is welcome to taste alternative lifestyles, making it a very hip place to be in Berlin, if not the world.
Forests. Over 700 acres of land is filled with woods and lakes. In the district of Dahlem, brimming with villas, Steglitz-Zehlendorf is one of Berlin’s most prized possessions. The Botanic Garden, designed by Alfred Koerner, boasts 43 hectares of land. Inviting and suitable for nature lovers and hikers alike, the garden has a section called the Botanical Museum. Curiously enough, it is the only one of its kind in central Europe, as it is a museum completely dedicated to plant life.
Over time, Tempelhof-Schöneberg did not prove to be immune to changes. In its southern part, you will find the Marienfelde Refugee Center Museum. If you instead go west, you will find yourself in the neighborhood where Einstein lived.
Pankow welcomes anyone and everyone, as this cosmopolitan area houses families and creative artists, leading to peculiar and interesting little shops at every corner. Ever since its creation, it served a purpose of being an asylum for those who wish to avoid the rat race and crowds of the city life. It has many parks and gardens, and one and only Schönhausen Palace.
Once a working-class district, it is now home to somber, but not listless people. It is perfect for visitors interested in the twentieth-century history, as it boasts the Friedrichsfelde cemetery, Karlshorst – a museum dedicated to German and Russian relationship over the years, and an ex-prison – the Berlin-Hohenschönhausen Memorial.
You can find pretty much anything in Berlin, if you know where to look. It really isn’t an issue whether you desire a peaceful walk in the park, an otherworldly artistic corner, an exquisite shopping spree, or, speaking of Spree, a guided cruise along the river. Berlin offers its embrace and magic to everyone.