The historical centre of Berlin, Mitte is home to a number of cultural landmarks and significant monuments and buildings, representing the most important aspects of Berlin's past and providing the ideal Berlin city break for culture-lovers. Most of Berlin's main attractions are located in the Mitte area, from relics of WWII to the biggest and best art galleries in the region. Located across the Spree River, the aptly-named Museum Island in the middle of the water houses a number of museums and the magnificent Berlin Cathedral, while the central square, the Alexanderplatz, offers transport across the city, making Mitte the ideal location for those looking to explore the biggest and most popular parts of Berlin.
What's great about Mitte?
- Mitte is centrally located near almost all major landmarks, ensuring that wherever in the are you stay, popular attractions are always within walking distance.
- While Mitte can be very busy at times, you're only a short distance from the Tiergarten, Berlin's largest park, with lakes and wooded areas ideal for escaping the crowds and enjoying a slower pace.
What to do in Mitte
Museum Island consists of five major museums, each of significance not just to Germany but to the whole of Europe. The Altes and Neues Museums house collections of art and antiques, and display magnificent architecture both inside and out, while the Alte Nationalgalerie displays collections of Classical artwork, including Romantic and Impressionist-era pieces. History lovers should head to the Bode Museum, with its collection of ancient sculptures, coins and medals, or the Pergamon Museum, which showcases archaeological finds from across Europe.
On Museum Island, in the middle of the Spree River, Berlin Cathedral stands out, with its impressive dome and beautifully coloured rooftops and spires. Visitors can climb through the cathedral to the top of the dome for impressive views over the city, while inside the building the church itself is a beautiful example of Neo-Renaissance architecture. The crypt dates back almost four centuries, while the Cathedral's museum documents the changes and developments that have taken place over centuries, to create one of Berlin's most iconic buildings.
The Reichstag is arguably one of the most popular attractions in Germany, drawing in thousands of visitors every year. The home of the German government, it is built to look like a Renaissance palace, and boasts an impressive glass dome and an imposing facade. Book a free tour in advance and take an audio guide through the building before reaching the dome, where you can see straight over the city's buildings and gardens.
Brandenburg Gate sits on the border between what was once East and West Berlin, and is a place of such history that it has become an icon of Germany in recent years. Originally built in the 18th century, this magnificent gateway offers a beautifully moving glimpse of the city's history and resilience, not to be missed during a Berlin city break.
Where To Stay In Mitte
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