Berlin: Places to Explore

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  • Charlottenburg

    An important part of former West Berlin but now a western district of the united city, Charlottenburg has retained its old-world charm. Elegance is the keyword here. Whether you’re strolling and...

  • Friedenau

    Just south of Charlottenburg, Friedenau is a residential neighborhood, with quiet tree-lined streets and a handful of cafés.

  • Friedrichshain

    The cobblestone streets of Friedrichshain, bustling with bars, cafés, and shops, give it a Greenwich Village feel. There's plenty to see here including Karl-Marx-Allee, a long, monumental...

  • Grunewald

    The lush Grunewald forest, where tony villas peep out between the trees is in southwest Berlin. Nearby, you can swim in bucolic Schlachtensee Lake.

  • Kreuzberg

    Hip Kreuzberg, stretching from the West Berlin side of the border crossing at Checkpoint Charlie all the way to the banks of the Spree next to Friedrichshain, is home base for much of Berlin’s...

  • Mitte

    After the fall of the wall, Mitte, which had been in East Germany, became the geographic center of Berlin, once again. The area has several minidistricts, each of which has its own distinctive...

  • Neukolln

    If you missed Prenzlauer Berg’s heyday, you can still get a good feel for its raw charm and creative flair if you head to ultrahip Neukölln. Just southeast of Kreuzberg below the Landwehrkanal,...

  • Oranienburg

    In this little village a short drive north of Berlin, the Nazis built one of the first concentration camps (neighbors claimed not to notice what was happening there). After the war, the Soviets...

  • Potsdam

    A trip to Berlin wouldn't be complete without paying a visit to Potsdam, known for its 18th-century baroque architecture; Sanssouci Park, the former residence of the Prussian royals; historical...

  • Potsdamer Platz

    The once-divided Berlin is rejoined at Potsdamer Platz, which now links Kreuzberg with the former East once again. Potsdamer Platz was Berlin's inner-city center and Europe's busiest plaza before...

  • Prenzlauer Berg

    Once a spot for edgy art spaces, squats, and all manner of alternative lifestyles, Prenzlauer Berg has morphed into an oasis of artisanal bakeries, cute kids clothes stores (where the prices could...

  • Schöneberg

    Long known as Berlin’s gay neighborhood, these days Schöneberg is yet another burgeoning hip area, filled with artists and creative types and young families.

  • Tiergarten

    The Tiergarten, a bucolic 630-acre park with lakes, meadows, and wide paths, is the "green heart" of Berlin. In the 17th century it served as the hunting grounds of the Great Elector (its name...

  • Treptow

    Verdant, nearly suburban Treptow is best known for its park, but the canalside residential district of Alt-Treptow, with its ornate, century-old buildings, is also worth a stroll; it’s poised to...

  • Wannsee

    Most tourists come to leafy, upscale Wannsee to see the House of the Wannsee Conference, where the Third Reich’s top officials met to plan the "final solution." Beyond this dark historical site,...

  • Wedding

    While much of Berlin has gentrified rapidly in recent years, Wedding, north of Mitte, is still an old-fashioned, working-class district. Because rents are still relatively low, it will probably be...

  • Zehlendorf

    After the war, Zehlendorf—especially the suburb of Dahlem—was a headquarters of sorts for American forces. The Freie Universität (Free University) is here, as is the citizen services branch...

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