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Where to Stay in Berlin in 2024 – Best Areas and Hotels

Discover the best places to stay in Berlin! From luxurious hotels in Mitte to trendy spots in Kreuzberg, find your perfect Berlin accommodation for an unforgettable experience.
Where to Stay in Berlin

Trying to decide where to stay in Berlin? As Germany’s capital city, Berlin offers a vast array of accommodation choices, presenting a challenge for travelers looking to find the ideal location. 

The city stretches over 890 square kilometers and is home to more than 3.5 million people, so picking a spot that matches your budget and preferences isn’t always straightforward.

In this guide, I share insights into Berlin’s various neighborhoods, highlighting their unique characteristics and how they cater to different travel styles, budgets, and durations of stay. Plus, to simplify your planning process, I’ve included my top recommendations for hotels, apartments, and other unique lodgings in each of these areas.

Best Places to Stay in Berlin

Berlin has always fascinated me with its tapestry of unique neighborhoods. Let me guide you through the best places to stay in this vibrant city.

Firstly, Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain are my go-to spots for a fun-filled experience. These areas pulse with life and are perfect for those seeking entertainment and a glimpse of Berlin’s dynamic side. For those craving luxury, Mitte and Charlottenburg will not disappoint. Their elegance and upscale offerings make for an unforgettable stay. Remember, your choice of neighborhood in Berlin significantly shapes your travel experience, revealing different facets of the city.

Now, let’s talk about affordability. Berlin’s accommodation prices are quite reasonable, especially compared to other popular European destinations. You’ll find great deals without compromising on quality or location.

  • Mitte: Ideal for first-time visitors or those on a brief trip. It’s the heart of Berlin, housing many top attractions. Mitte combines convenience with a rich cultural experience, making it a top choice for tourists.

  • Kreuzberg: Perfect for experiencing Berlin’s alternative side. Close to the city center, Kreuzberg offers a vibrant atmosphere, brimming with entertainment options. It’s a great spot for those who want to dive into the lively, energetic side of the city.

  • Friedrichshain: A lively and central neighborhood, Friedrichshain is the go-to for nightlife lovers. It’s a cool, vibrant area, offering an authentic Berlin experience, especially for the young and the young at heart.

  • Charlottenburg: Located in West Berlin, Charlottenburg is the epitome of luxury and culture. It’s the top choice for shopping and attending cultural events. The area blends upscale living with rich historical and artistic offerings.

  • Prenzlauer Berg: A popular choice in former East Berlin, especially for families or food enthusiasts. Known for its calm, family-friendly atmosphere and exceptional dining options, Prenzlauer Berg offers a serene yet enriching living experience.

Map with the best neighborhoods to stay in Berlin
Map with the best neighborhoods to stay in Berlin

1. Mitte, best place to stay in Berlin for first time

Nightlife:
4/5
Shopping:
4.9/5
Sightseeing:
5/5
Safety:
4.5/5
Transportation:
5/5

When I first visited Berlin, staying in Mitte was a no-brainer. It’s like being at the epicenter of all the must-see sights, especially if you’re on a tight schedule. Walking through Mitte, I was fascinated by its history as the core of East Berlin during the Cold War. The streets here are lined with the city’s most iconic landmarks, top museums, and stunning architecture.

The beauty of Mitte is its walkability; it’s just a short stroll away from most major attractions. Plus, the convenience of public transport here is unbeatable, making it an ideal base for exploring Berlin. 

However, be mindful that Mitte tends to be pricier compared to other neighborhoods. If you’re budget-conscious, consider nearby Friedrichshain or Kreuzberg, which I’ll mention later.

Me in Pergamon Museum
Me in Pergamon Museum
  • Alexanderplatz: This bustling square is a central hub, right next to the TV Tower.
  • Berlin Cathedral: A stunning piece of architecture and history.
  • Brandenburg Gate: An iconic symbol of Berlin.
  • DDR Museum: Offering an interactive glimpse into life in East Germany.
  • Nikolaiviertel: The charming old town of Berlin.
  • Museum Island: A treasure trove of five significant museums on the northern part of Spreeinsel island.
  • House of Small Wonder: A cozy spot offering Japanese-American tapas in a Brooklyn-like rooftop setting, perfect for a post-Naturkundemuseum visit. (Johannisstraße 20)

  • Der Hahn ist tot!: French and German cuisine with a choice of two weekly changing 4-course meals at €24, known for its all-you-can-eat mussel specials. (Zionskirchstraße 40)

  • Altes Europa: Offers a daily menu of traditional Middle European dishes in a low-key setting with big picture windows and old maps decorating the walls. (Gipsstraße 11)

  • Yarok: A small deli that serves fresh and delicious Syrian comfort food, including a highly recommended giant plate of falafel and grilled vegetables. (Torstraße 195)

  • Mädchenitaliener: Known for serving some of the most delicious pasta in Berlin, including the must-try Truffle Tagliatelle, in a convenient location for shopping afterwards. (Neue/Alte Schönhauser Straße)

  • Sisaket: Don’t miss out on the best Thai food in town, located just a 10-minute walk from Berlin Cathedral. Superb meals without the need for reservations, costing around 20-25 euros per person.

Best Hotels in Mitte

I’ve had the pleasure of exploring Mitte, where the accommodation quality is consistently impressive. Staying here means being surrounded by a vibrant mix of restaurants, bars, and endless activities.

  • Generator Berlin Mitte: At the northern end of Mitte, the Generator Berlin Mitte stands out with its bright, modern rooms. Its location is perfect for experiencing some of the city’s best dining and nightlife.
  • art’otel berlin mitte: A short walk away, art’otel berlin mitte combines modernity with classic touches. It’s conveniently close to the historic Nikolaiviertel, bustling Alexanderplatz, and even Kreuzberg to the south.
  • Grimm’s Hotel am Potsdamer Platz: Grimm’s Hotel, on Mitte’s southwestern edge near Potsdamer Platz, is uniquely charming. Most rooms offer stunning city views.
  • Hotel Adlon Kempinski Berlin: And then there’s the iconic Hotel Adlon Kempinski Berlin, a legendary 5-star luxury experience. Just steps from the Brandenburg Gate, it offers a regal atmosphere that makes you feel more like royalty than a traveler. It’s so renowned, you’ve probably seen it in numerous films.

2. Kreuzberg, Berlin's Ultimate Alternative Quarter

Nightlife:
4.5/5
Shopping:
4/5
Sightseeing:
4.5/5
Safety:
4/5
Transportation:
4.5/5

When you’re picking a place to stay in Berlin, don’t just settle for Mitte. I found Kreuzberg to be the city’s trendiest, most hipster central neighborhood. It’s perfect for travelers wanting to experience Berlin like a local.

And it’s not far off.

Located just south of Mitte, Kreuzberg is close to some of the city’s best attractions. Here lies Checkpoint Charlie, the former East/West border checkpoint. You’ll also find fascinating World War II and Cold War relics, like the Topography of Terror and parts of the Berlin Wall. Kreuzberg is your next best alternative for a stay in Berlin.

Kreuzberg lacks the glamour of Mitte or Charlottenburg. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. While Western Kreuzberg blends with the rest of West Berlin, Eastern Kreuzberg is vibrant and alive.

The area has evolved over the years, for the better. Kreuzberg is now a hotspot for young Berliners. You’ll find vintage shops, trendy restaurants, and clubs here. The streets also boast some of Berlin’s most impressive street art.

Older travelers might feel more at home in Mitte or Charlottenburg. But it’s all about personal preference. Younger travelers should seriously consider staying in Kreuzberg. It’s one of Berlin’s most beautiful areas for food, drinks, and relaxation.

Inside Mano Cafe

Check out Mano Cafe, arguably the city’s most beautiful café bar in Kreuzberg. It’s divided into rooms with different levels and a primarily wooden, heavy decor. Then, continue your night at Kvartira 62, a Russian beer bar just a few minutes away.

Best Hotels in Kreuzberg

Kreuzberg wasn’t always a top choice for staying in Berlin. The neighborhood is just beginning to fulfill its potential as one of the city’s best.

  • Grand Hostel: I recently had the pleasure of discovering the Grand Hostel, a charming 19th-century building nestled in the vibrant Kreuzberg neighborhood. This place is unique, offering both private and shared rooms that cater to different tastes and budgets.
  • Motel One Berlin Mitte: Then there’s the Motel One Berlin Mitte, which instantly captivated me with its modern, stylish rooms right in the heart of Kreuzberg. Its location is unbeatable – just steps away from some of the finest restaurants and bars. Plus, getting to Berlin’s top attractions is a breeze with the U-Bahn just minutes away.
  • Mondrian Suites Berlin am Checkpoint Charlie: Then there’s the Motel One Berlin Mitte, which instantly captivated me with its modern, stylish rooms right in the heart of Kreuzberg. Its location is unbeatable – just steps away from some of the finest restaurants and bars. Plus, getting to Berlin’s top attractions is a breeze with the U-Bahn just minutes away.

3. Friedrichshain, best area to stay in Berlin for nightlife

East Side Hotel in Friedrichshain, near East Side Gallery. Easily featured in a Wes Anderson movie.
East Side Hotel in Friedrichshain, near East Side Gallery. Easily featured in a Wes Anderson movie.
Nightlife:
4.5/5
Shopping:
4/5
Sightseeing:
4/5
Safety:
4/5
Transportation:
4.5/5

I’ve roamed the vibrant streets of Friedrichshain in Berlin, nestled next to Kreuzberg in the West. This neighborhood isn’t just any place; it’s a colorful, dynamic hub in central Berlin.

But let me tell you, Friedrichshain isn’t for everyone.

Situated in what was once East Berlin, Friedrichshain is the rising star among the city’s residential areas. It’s a youthful, bustling quarter, much like Kreuzberg, bursting with boutique shops, charming vintage clothing stores, and delightful eateries.

The neighborhood is famed for housing some of Berlin’s most renowned bars and clubs. Conveniently, many of these nightlife hotspots are just a stone’s throw away from Friedrichshain’s finest hotels.

Bordering Mitte and Kreuzberg, Friedrichshain lies to their east. It’s well-connected to the rest of the city, with Berlin Ostbahnhof and Warschauer Straße metro stations only a few stops from the city center.

Oberbaumbrücke
Oberbaumbrücke
  • East Side Gallery
  • Oberbaumbrücke
  • Mercedes-Benz Arena Berlin
  • Volkspark Friedrichshain
  • Karl-Marx-Allee

Best Hotels in Friedrichshain

Friedrichshain’s growing popularity has led to the development of numerous accommodations. During my last visit to Berlin, I stayed at Boxi Studios, located in a lively area close to public transport, with plenty of cafes and shops nearby. It was a haven on a rainy day when getting around was tough. Not to mention, it was clean and budget-friendly.

  • Industriepalast Hostel & Hotel Berlin, near U-Bahn Warschauer Straße, offers comfortable, clean rooms with shared outdoor terraces and recreational areas including billiards and table football. It’s a prime spot for those wanting to experience Berlin’s club scene up close.
  • Michelberger Hotel boasts a modern cafe and restaurant focusing on healthy, organic food, including vegan and vegetarian options. It’s within walking distance from the East Side Gallery and well connected to Berlin’s most famous tourist attraction via U-Bahn.

4. Charlottenburg, best area in Berlin for shopping

The Kaufhaus des Westens (KaDeWe) at Tauentzienstraße
The Kaufhaus des Westens (KaDeWe) at Tauentzienstraße
Nightlife:
4.5/5
Shopping:
5/5
Sightseeing:
4/5
Safety:
4.5/5
Transportation:
4.5/5

Once, Charlottenburg was the cultural heartbeat of the city. But as Prenzlauer Berg, Kreuzberg, and Friedrichshain rose in popularity, Charlottenburg’s allure dimmed. Yet, it remains the unrivaled shopping haven in town.

I’ve always found the luxury boutiques lining Kurfürstendamm irresistible. And there’s the Kaufhaus des Westens (KaDeWe) – a colossal complex that’s the largest department store in mainland Europe.

But Charlottenburg isn’t just about shopping.

Theatre, musical, and opera enthusiasts, like myself, will find it delightful. Plus, it’s home to one of Berlin’s most beautiful sights – Schloss Charlottenburg, majestically nestled in the neighborhood’s north.

Charlottenburg also borders Mitte to the west. Although Tiergarten separates them, it’s a short journey by U-Bahn or S-bahn to Berlin’s heart.

For travelers seeking a quieter version of Mitte, Charlottenburg is perfect, with its proximity to top city attractions and excellent hotels.

  • Berlin Zoological Garden
  • Tiergarten
  • Kurfürstendamm
  • KaDeWe
  • Schloss Charlottenburg
  • Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church
  • Theatre des Westens
  • Deutsche Oper Berlin
  • Schillertheater

Best Hotels in Charlottenburg

  • Leonardo Hotel Berlin: Nestled in a tranquil corner of Charlottenburg, this 3-star gem is a peaceful retreat. What I loved most was its proximity to the U-Bahn station at Bismarckstraße. It made zipping around the city a breeze!
  • H10 Berlin Ku’damm: Perfectly positioned near the bustling Kurfürstendamm shopping area, its soundproof rooms were a dream. And the easy metro access? It was a game changer for getting around Berlin effortlessly.
  • H’Otello K’80 Berlin: Surrounded by cozy cafés, top-notch restaurants, and trendy shops, it’s in a prime spot. A leisurely 15-minute walk to the renowned KaDeWe department store was the cherry on top of my stay.

5. Prenzlauer Berg, best neighborhood in Berlin for families with kids

Kastanienallee/Schönhauser Allee
Kastanienallee/Schönhauser Allee
Nightlife:
4/5
Shopping:
3.5/5
Sightseeing:
4/5
Safety:
4.5/5
Transportation:
4/5

I recently had the pleasure of exploring Prenzlauer Berg, a northeast Berlin neighborhood that’s a bit more polished than Kreuzberg or Friedrichshain. It’s become one of the most sought-after areas for Berliners, and I quickly saw why.

For foodies, choosing Prenzlauer Berg as a base in Berlin is almost a no-brainer. The variety of top-notch restaurants here is astounding. I’d recommend wandering around Kollwitzplatz, Oderberger Straße, and Kastanienalle for some culinary delights.

Prenzlauer Berg is noticeably greener than many other central Berlin neighborhoods. It’s dotted with parks and playgrounds everywhere, making it an excellent choice for families looking to experience Berlin.

Another great thing is its proximity to Mitte. Just a few minutes by public transport, or a 20-30 minute walk, and you’re in the heart of the city.

  • Mauerpark, for its lively atmosphere and flea market.
  • Volkspark, a beautiful green space perfect for a relaxing day.
  • Velodrom, an impressive cycling track.
  • Prater, an open-air beer garden, ideal for a laid-back evening.
  • Kulturbrauerei, meaning ‘Culture Brewery’, is an iconic industrial-style building.
  • Jüdischer Friedhof, the historic Jewish Cemetery, a place of quiet reflection.

Best Hotels in Prenzlauer Berg

  • Old Town Hotel: The rooms are spotless and bright, a perfect blend of modern comfort and chic design. I particularly enjoyed the short stroll to some of the city’s finest restaurants on Kastanienallee and Oderberger Straße. It’s an ideal spot for food lovers and urban explorers.
  • Victor’s Residenz-Hotel Berlin: Nestled in a tranquil neighborhood, this 4-star hotel exudes sophistication. Dining here was a delight, with international cuisine and a delicious buffet breakfast included in the room price. It was a treat! Plus, Alexanderplatz is just a 20-minute walk or a quick 10-minute tram ride away.
  • Myer’s Hotel Berlin: This 4-star boutique hotel is steeped in classic charm, making it a unique stay in Berlin. After a day of sightseeing, unwinding in their complimentary spa was heavenly. The location is super convenient too – just a 3-minute walk to the Senefelderplatz U-bahn station, putting Berlin’s center less than 10 minutes away. It’s an experience I’ll cherish!

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