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Where to stay in Berlin - Help!

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Hi,

We really need some advice on where to stay in Berlin, as in which neighbourhood would be best suited to young (early 20's) travellers who want to experience nightlife and restaurants as well as be within a good distance to the main cities attractions.

I have looked at a few blogs so far, and most people seem to be recommending Mitte. Would this be the best suited to us, or is there another neighbourhood anyone has in mind?

Thank you for your time :)

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    Hi Hannahmegan, greetings from Berlin.

    Mitte is a rather big district with neighborhoods that may suit your taste as well as with neighborhoods that are boring.
    In addition, many tourist sites are somewhat scattered all over the city so there is no ONE perfect location. You will need to take public transport anyway.

    To locate interesting neighborhoods, it's better to think in smaller dimensions as in 1/4 mile or 500 meter distance to specific subway or S-Bahn stations.

    1) Mitte / Hackescher Markt or Oranienburger Str. S-Bahn station
    Popular, very touristy, mostly quite expensive. Lots of restaurants and bars and (rather upscale) shopping, though. And in walking distance to many major sights like the Museum Island.

    2) Prenzlauer Berg / Eberswalder Str. and (to some extent) Senefelder Platz subway stations
    Tons of cafes, pubs, clubs, music venues, restaurants. Not as "off" or bohemian as a decade ago, more posh now. Think of alternative twentysomethings that have turned into somewhat affluent thirtysomethings with two kids and enough money to shop at fair trade or vegan supermarkets. No major sights in walking distance but good connections with public transport.

    3) Kreuzberg / Kottbusser Tor or Görlitzer Bahnhof or Schlesisches Tor subway stations
    Another hotspot for going out, but still more rough at the edges than Prenzlauer Berg. With some exaggeration maybe not the neighborhood you want to recommend to your parents :-)
    The area has become highly popular with both tourists and ex-pats in the 18-30 age group and is propably the most "international" neighborhood in town. There is a gazillion of clubs, bars, eateries & restaurants to keep you busy for months.
    Again, no tourist sites in the immediate neighborhood, but easy public transport.

    4) Friedrichshain / (north of) Warschauer Str. S-Bahn station
    Same as above though at a somewhat smaller scale still.

    5) Kreuzberg / Mehringdamm subway stop
    Smaller area, mostly Bergmannstr. and a block north and south along the cross streets. Not as touristy, same density of restaurants and eateries but fewer clubs than the other Kreuzberg (#3) neighborhood.

    Have fun!

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    Cowboy has given good advice.

    I may add the neighbourhoods in West-Berlin, north and south of the famous Kurfürstendamm. South of the Ku'damm, Lietzenburger Straße is the hotspot, north of it, the Savignyplatz is a center of gravitation, with all the small streets between Kantstraße and Ku'damm full of bars, restaurants and art galleries.

    You may wonder that Berlin has so many neighbourhoods with nightlife, but it is a big city and has developed multiple centers.

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