Berlin Mitte District: all the must-see attractions of Berlin are within the walking distance.
If you are planning to stay in Berlin for 1-3 days, then the central Mitte district is the best choice. In this blog post: recommendations on where to stay, hotels, what to visit, and safety in Berlin Mitte district.
Berlin Mitte District: the Best District for Tourists
What to see in Berlin Mitte District
Berlin Mitte is the historical part of Berlin where all the main attractions of the city are concentrated:
the Brandenburg Gate,
the Memorial to the Victims of the Holocaust,
the TV tower at Alexanderplatz square,
Unter den Linden boulevard,
the Ensemble of museums on the Museum Island,
Check Point Charlie,
and the Reichstag.
By choosing a hotel in the Mitte district, you can explore all of these attractions on foot, without the need to travel by taxi or public transport.
Where to stay in Berlin Mitte District
Accommodation prices in Mitte are slightly higher than in other areas, but you save time and money that would be spent on taxis and transport.
On my last trip, I stayed near the Rosa Luxembourg Platz in the St. Christopher Inn Apartments. These are functional and bright apartments for 50-70 euros per night with excellent value for money. The location is awesome as it takes just a 5-minute walk to the Alexanderplatz and the TV tower. There are many restaurants in this area for every taste where you can have an affordable and tasty dinner.
Nearby there is a hostel from the same group St. Christopher Inn with a popular and atmospheric Belushi bar. The hostel has many private hotel-type rooms at bargain prices: 50-60 euros per night. If you are traveling solo, you will definitely make new friends here and have fun.
Moreover, every Monday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night, you can attend English-language stand-up comedy in the Bar 1820, in the basement club at Belushi's Bar.
The entry ticket to the Berlin Cosmic Comedy Show includes comedy show, pizza and shots.
Hotels in Berlin Mitte District
Unusual Hotel in Berlin Mitte District
If you are looking for something extraordinary in the Mitte district, I recommend staying at the unusual hotel Arte Luise Kunsthotel.
I stayed there some time ago, and it was a blast. It is not just a hotel, but a cooperative art gallery.
An enterprising group of young artists transformed a dilapidated art studio into a boutique hotel in 1984.
Each room is now a mini-gallery, and regular art exhibitions take place here often in the space next to the lobby.
The prices are quite affordable for such a unique hotel in the very central part of the city: 68 euros for a single room and 85 euros for a double room.
The location is also superb: the hotel is just a 10-minute walk from the Reichstag and the Brandenburg Gate.
Safety in Berlin Mitte District
Berlin Mitte is a calm and safe area, both during the day and in the evening.
But it can be noisy here due to the many bars where Berlin youngsters and tourists have fun. If you want peace in the evenings, it is worth choosing hotels and apartments with a view of the courtyard or without the bars on the ground floor.
As all the embassies are concentrated in Mitte, there is a lot of police on the streets taking care of the safety. Still, I don't recommend walking around Alexanderplatz or Museum Island at night because some homeless communities gather there.
Mitte is also the best district if you travel to Berlin with small children. You can walk everywhere, it's safe, there is a developed infrastructure with many restaurants and cafes and many options to feed and entertain your kids.