Where to Stay in Berlin [2018 Ultimate Neighbourhood Guide]

Berlin is one of the coolest cities in Europe. With its rich and diverse history, a wealth of museums and monuments, and a wild and vibrant nightlife scene, Berlin is a city not to be missed.

But all of that fun and excitement comes at a cost. That’s why we’ve put together this insider guide for where to stay in Berlin!

Written by our travel experts, this guide is designed to show you the best neighbourhoods of Berlin and to help you save money while visiting the German capital.

So, no matter what you’re looking to do in Berlin, you’ll be able to find a hotel that’s right for you.

Let’s get to it. Here are our top picks for where to stay in Berlin.

Additional reading – Berlin’s Best Hotels and the 15 Best Things to Do in Berlin

Where to Stay in Berlin

Quick Tips – Where to Stay in Berlin

  • Where to stay in Berlin for your first time – Mitte
  • Where to stay in Berlin on a budget – Neukolln
  • Best area to stay in Berlin for nightlife – Friedrichshain
  • Coolest place to stay in Berlin – Kreuzberg
  • Best neighbourhood in Berlin for families – Prenzlauer Berg

Where to Stay in Berlin

Looking for a specific place to stay? These are our highest recommendations for places to stay in Berlin.

Best Budget Hotel in Berlin – Ludwig Van Beethoven Hotel

Ludwig Van Beethoven Hotel

Ludwig Van Beethoven Hotel is the best budget hotel in Berlin

A central location, great rooftop terrace and chic décor are just a few of the reasons Ludwig Van Beethoven Hotel is our top choice for where to stay in Berlin. This three-star hotel has flat-screen TVs, comfortable and spacious rooms, and modern amenities to ensure a great stay.

 

Best Mid-Range Hotel in Berlin – Capri by Fraser Berlin

Capri by Fraser Berlin, Berlin

Capri by Fraser Berlin is the best mid-range hotel in Berlin

The Capri by Fraser Berlin is a great four-star hotel and our top choice for where to stay in Mitte. It is centrally located and within walking distance to the city’s major tourist attractions. It has a coffee bar, a stylish lounge and a charming in-house restaurant.

 

Best Luxury Hotel in Berlin – NORA Hotel Berlin

NORA Hotel Berlin

NORA Hotel Berlin is the best luxury hotel in Berlin

NORA Hotel Berlin is a rustic and chic Friedrichshain hotel. Located at the heart of the entertainment district, this hotel has stylish décor, comfortable beds and a number of contemporary features. Close to bars, clubs and restaurants, this hotel is a great base for your time in Berlin.

 

Berlin Neighbourhoods Guide

Berlin, Germany

This is the ultimate guide of where to stay in Berlin, Germany

The largest and capital city in Germany, Berlin is home to more than 4.5 million people. To put this in perspective, it is the fifth largest city in Europe behind Istanbul, Moscow, London and Saint Petersburg.

Most famous for its tumultuous history, Berlin is today one of the coolest cities in Europe. It’s well known for its gritty architecture, colourful street art, numerous museums, and it’s a vibrant and exciting nightlife scene.

The city of Berlin (not to be confused with the state) can be roughly divided into six districts. Each district is home to a number of distinct and varied neighbourhoods.

Mitte is the most famous and central neighbourhood in Berlin. Lively and colourful, this neighbourhood seamlessly blends the old and the new, and this is where you’ll find many of Berlin’s most popular historic sights.

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Neukolln, Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg are three of the coolest neighbourhoods in the city. Home to everything from world-class restaurants and cosy cafes, these parts of the city are where you’ll find a good time, all of the time. Favourite hangouts of the young, rich, fabulous and hip, these downtown districts are where to stay if you want to see and be seen.

Whether you want to see all the iconic historic and cultural sites, sample the best German cuisine or dance the night away at the hottest club, there’s a neighbourhood in Berlin that will suit your style.

Not sure where to stay in Berlin? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

Berlin’s 5 Best Neighborhoods to Stay in

There’s plenty to see and do in Berlin, from Checkpoint Charlie and the Berlin Wall to Museum Island and Viktoriapark. Depending on the goals of your trip, certain areas of the city will be better suited to you. To help you make the most of your time in Berlin, this guide will take an in-depth look at some of the cities most popular ‘hoods.

Let’s take a look at the top five neighbourhoods in Berlin.

Neighborhood #1 - Mitte

(Where to stay in Berlin for your first time)

Mitte, Berlin

Mitte is our pick for where to stay in Berlin on your first time

Mitte is the best place to stay in Berlin if you’re visiting the city for the first time. Home to the most iconic attractions and landmarks, like Brandenburg Gate and Alexanderplatz, this area of the city is steeped in history.

It can be one of the most popular areas in the city in the summer months, so arrive early in the day if you want to snap a few photos without hoards of people in the way.

But Mitte is more than just historic sights. The heart and centre of the city, Mitte is also where you’ll find a lot of modern restaurants, cosy cafes, and fun and lively bars. Vibrant and colourful, Mitte is a neighbourhood where you’ll find something fun, exciting and interesting to do no matter the time of day.

Things to See and Do in Mitte

  • See the exquisite and iconic Brandenburg Gate.
  • Savour delicious flavours and great German dishes at Treffpunkt.
  • Stand at the centre of Alexanderplatz, a large public square at the heart of Berlin.
  • See the Memorial of the Berlin Wall.
  • Visit Museum Island, a UNESCO World Heritage site with five magnificent museums dedicated to archaeology, history and art.
  • Enjoy fresh and delicious fare at Flamingo Fresh Food Bar.
  • Browse Hackescher Markt, home to cafes, restaurants, shops and food stalls.
  • Dive deep into history at the German Historical Museum.
  • Spend a quiet moment of reflection at The Holocaust Memorial – Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe.
  • Dine on amazing food at Schnitzelei.
  • Stand in awe of the Berlin Cathedral.
  • Explore the Pergamon Museum, home to a renowned collection of ancient artefacts.
  • Enjoy an authentic German dinner at Hackethals.

Where to Stay in Mitte

Best Budget Hotel in Mitte – Hotel Nikolai Residence

Hotel Nikolai Residence

Hotel Nikolai Residence is the best budget hotel in Mitte

This delightful three-star hotel is located at the heart of Mitte. It is close to Berlin Cathedral, Brandenburg Gate and Museum Island. It has stylish décor, luxury linens and plush robes and slippers. You’ll love staying in the centre of Mitte at this excellent hotel.

 

Best Mid-Range Hotel in Mitte – Capri by Fraser Berlin

Capri by Fraser Berlin

Capri by Fraser Berlin is the best mid-range hotel in Mitte

The Capri by Fraser Berlin is a great four-star hotel and our top choice for where to stay in Mitte. It is centrally located and within walking distance to the city’s major tourist attractions. It has a coffee bar, a stylish lounge and a charming in-house restaurant.

 

Best Luxury Hotel in Mitte – SO/ Berlin Das Stue

SO Berlin Das Stue

SO Berlin Das Stue is the best luxury hotel in Mitte

An indoor pool, relaxing spa and rejuvenating sauna are just a few of the reasons this five-star hotel is one of our top picks for Mitte. Centrally located at the heart of Berlin, this charming hotel is well connected throughout the city. Each room has a rain shower, comfortable slippers and a mini bar.

 

Neighborhood #2 - Neukolln

(Where to stay in Berlin on a budget)

Neukölln, Berlin

Neukölln is our pick for where to stay in Berlin on a budget

Not far from the city centre is Neukolln. Popular with trendy and hip Berliners, Neukolln is home to designer shops, shisha bars, and stylish art galleries.

A neighbourhood that never sleeps, Neukolln is known for its great restaurants, buzzing bars, and its electric nightclubs.

Neukolln is also where you’ll find a high concentration of budget accommodation options. Whether you’re looking for a fun and social hostel or a chic and modern boutique hotel, this area of the city is packed with options for travellers of all ages, styles and, most importantly, budgets.

Things to See and Do in Neukolln

  • Excite your sense at the Turkish Market, a little slice of Istanbul at the heart of Berlin.
  • Dig into a succulent and savoury burger at BBI – Berlin Burger International.
  • Sample craft beers from Berlin and around the world at Brauhaus Neulich.
  • Sip a glass of wine at Vin Aqua Vin.
  • Enjoy amazing, cheap and tasty sushi at Musashi.
  • Rest and relax in Kornerpark, a lush and beautiful green space at the centre of Neukolln.
  • Dine on hearty German meal at Sadhu 2.
  • See stunning works of art at Cell63
  • Browse the stalls at Schillermarkt, a cosy and quaint farmer’s market located outside a beautiful church.
  • Stop and smell the roses, and tulips, at Britzer Garden.
  • Eat tasty dumplings at Knodelwirtschaft.
  • Sip a beer and watch the world go by on Maybachufer.
  • Shop for arts, crafts, designs and more at Neukollner Stoff.

Where to Stay in Neukolln

Best Budget Hotel in Neukolln – Days Inn Berlin City South

Days Inn Berlin City South

Days Inn Berlin City South is the best budget hotel in Neukolln

Amazing views and comfortable rooms are just a couple of the reasons this is our top recommendation for where to stay in Neukolln. This three-star hotel has an outdoor terrace, a rustic lounge and an in-house spa. Enjoy a central location, great restaurants and boutique shopping in Neukolln.

 

Best Mid-Range Hotel in Neukolln – Huttenpalast

Huttenpalast

Huttenpalast is the best mid-range hotel in Neukolln

This charming hotel is situated in the up-and-coming Neukolln neighbourhood. It’s close to the Berlin Wall, Potsdamer Platz and the city’s best nightclubs and restaurants. Comprised of 17 stylish rooms, this hotel has modern amenities and spacious and comfortable rooms. Enjoy a variety of dining options just steps from the hotel.

 

Best Luxury Hotel in Neukolln – Estrel Berlin

Estrel Berlin

Estrel Berlin is the best luxury hotel in Neukolln

Estrel Berlin is a contemporary and comfortable four-star hotel. Located at the heart of Neukolln, this hotel boasts wonderful views, a sun-soaked terrace and a superb on-site restaurant. Unwind after a long day on the town by enjoying a drink in the stylish and cosy lounge bar.

 

Neighborhood #3 - Friedrichshain

(Best area to stay in Berlin for nightlife)

Friedrichshain, Berlin

Friedrichshain is the best area to stay in Berlin for nightlife

Friedrichshain is the heart and soul of Berlin’s nightlife scene. An old worker’s quarter, Friedrichshain is a neighbourhood that buzzes with light, sound and energy all day and every night. From street musicians to thumping clubs, this area is full of edgy electricity and urban fun.

This area is also a great destination for foodies looking to snack on the latest culinary trends. Home to everything from world-renowned restaurants to hip food trucks, Friedrichshain is a great place to stay in Berlin if you’re looking to tease your taste buds and excite your senses.

Things to See and Do in Friedrichshain

  • Enjoy a great selection of beers at Hops & Barley.
  • Hunt for treasure at the Sunday market at Boxhagener Platz.
  • Dance the night away to the best techno music at Berghain.
  • Try the best schnitzel in town at Scheers Schnitzel.
  • Party from dusk until dawn at RAW Tempel Nightclub.
  • Enjoy great music at Suicide Circus, a midsize techno club with an indoor and open-air dancefloor.
  • Sample local, national and international brews at Bierlieb.
  • Dig into delicious Dutch food at Rembrandt Burger.
  • Dance until dawn at Matrix Club.
  • Enjoy great pizzas at Salami Social Club.
  • Listen to great music and enjoy a night at Neue Heimat, a super cool and laid-back venue that features great street art.
  • Sip sophisticated and urbane cocktails at rustic and cool Booze Bar Berlin.
  • Tickle your taste buds at Restaurant Langosch.

Where to Stay in Friedrichshain

Best Budget Hotel in Friedrichshain – PLUS Berlin

PLUS Berlin

PLUS Berlin is the best budget hotel in Friedrichshain

PLUS Berlin is an elegant three-star hotel in Berlin’s vibrant and exciting Friedrichshain neighbourhood. Set in a heritage building this hotel boasts a swimming pool, sauna and fitness centre, and it’s own private beach. Enjoy modern amenities, comfortable rooms, and a charming lounge bar at this downtown hotel.

 

Best Mid-Range Hotel in Friedrichshain – Holiday Inn Berlin City East Side

Holiday Inn Berlin City East Side

Holiday Inn Berlin City East Side is the best mid-range hotel in Friedrichshain

This three-star hotel is clean, comfortable, and one of our top choices for where to stay in Friedrichshain. Located on Berlin’s east side, this hotel is close to the East Side Gallery and the city’s most famous tourist attractions. It has a great on-site restaurant, a comfortable lounge, and free wifi.

 

Best Luxury Hotel in Friedrichshain – NORA Hotel Berlin

NORA Hotel Berlin

NORA Hotel Berlin

NORA Hotel Berlin is a rustic and chic Friedrichshain hotel. Located at the heart of the entertainment district, this hotel has stylish décor, comfortable beds and a number of contemporary features. Close to bars, clubs and restaurants, this hotel is a great base for your time in Berlin.

 

Neighborhood #4 - Kreuzberg

(Coolest place to stay in Berlin)

Kreuzberg, Berlin

Kreuzberg is our pick for the coolest place to stay in Berlin

If you’re someone who wants to stay near the centre of the action, Kreuzberg is for you. Kreuzberg is one of the coolest neighbourhoods in an already impossibly cool city. It’s centrally located making it easy to explore all sides of Berlin and has a great mix of lush green space, historic buildings, gritty street art and vibrant bars.

One of the most beautiful neighbourhoods in Berlin, this area of the city is noted for its Parisian-like cobblestone streets, its historic market square and its energetic and bustling atmosphere. Whether you want to dance all night or see the sights, there’s something for everyone in this hip Berlin neighbourhood.

Things to See and Do in Kreuzberg

  • Grab a cold one and spend a relaxing night sitting on the shores of the Spree River.
  • Try a variety of dishes, drinks and more at Marheineke Markthalle.
  • Sample great cocktails at Das Hotel Bar.
  • Visit the Topography of Terror, a permanent exhibition on the SS and the “Third Reich” at the former headquarters of the Secret State Police.
  • See the only waterfall in Berlin in Viktoriapark.
  • Sip sophisticated cocktails at Limonadier, a hidden gem in Kreuzberg.
  • Explore a broad spectrum of old and new technologies at the German Museum of Technology Berlin.
  • Enjoy craft beers at the cosy KADZ Craft Beer Bar and Taproom.
  • See stunning works of art from 1870 to today at the Berlinische Galerie.
  • Try one of the best burgers in Berlin at Burgermeister.
  • Explore Berlin’s turbulent history at the Berlin Story Bunker.
  • Excite your senses at Mabuhay, an Indonesian restaurant.

Where to Stay in Kreuzberg

Best Budget Hotel in Kreuzberg – Ludwig Van Beethoven Hotel

Ludwig Van Beethoven Hotel

Ludwig Van Beethoven Hotel is the best budget hotel in Kreuzberg

A central location, great rooftop terrace and chic décor are just a few of the reasons Ludwig Van Beethoven Hotel is our top choice for where to stay in Kreuzberg. This three-star hotel has flat-screen TVs, comfortable and spacious rooms, and modern amenities to ensure a great stay.

 

Best Mid-Range Hotel in Kreuzberg – Flottwell Berlin Hotel & Residenz am Park

Flottwell Berlin Hotel & Residenz am Park

Flottwell Berlin Hotel & Residenz am Park is the best mid-range Hotel in Kreuzberg

Flottwell Berlin Hotel & Residenz am Park is located in the trendy Kreuzberg neighbourhood. Surrounded by restaurants, bars, shops and attractions, this hotel is close to all of Berlin’s top spots. It has an outdoor terrace, free wifi, and all rooms are outfitted with contemporary amenities.

 

Best Luxury Hotel in Kreuzberg – Movenpick Hotel Berlin Am Potsdamer Platz

Movenpick Hotel Berlin Am Potsdamer Platz

Movenpick Hotel Berlin Am Potsdamer Platz is the best luxury hotel in Kreuzberg

This colourful and vibrant four-star hotel is one of our top picks for where to stay in Kreuzberg. It’s centrally located and is close to bars, clubs, restaurants and shops. It has an in-house spa, a coffee bar and an on-site restaurant. Enjoy drinks or dinner on the outdoor patio in the heart of the city.

 

Neighborhood #5 - Prenzlauer Berg

(Best neighbourhood in Berlin for families)

Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin

Prenzlauer Berg is our pick for best neighbourhood in Berlin for families

Prenzlauer Berg is the best place to stay in Berlin for families. Located north of the city centre, this neighbourhood is well-connected throughout Berlin making it a great base for your time in the capital.

A little quieter than neighbouring Mitte, Prenzlauer Berg is packed with kid- and family-friendly activities and attractions. It has everything from expansive parks and cultural hubs, to historic sights and bustling marketplaces. No matter your preference, Prenzlauer Berg has something that will excite and delight the whole family.

Things to See and Do in Prenzlauer Berg

  • Spend a relaxing afternoon at Kollwitzplatz.
  • Dine on german and Bavarian tapas at Leibhaftig.
  • Explore KulturBrauerei, a 25,000 square meter complex that’s home to a cinema, theatre, museum, clubs, restaurant and more.
  • See a spectacular show at the Zeiss Grossplanetarium.
  • Wander Mauerpark, once a militarized zone the divided East and West Berlin, it is now a social, cultural and artistic centre in the city.
  • Dine on delicious European fare at Asteria.
  • Learn to paint your own graffiti and street art by taking part in a workshop with local artists.
  • Taste the best currywurst in Berlin at Konnopke’s Imbiss.
  • Hunt for treasures at the weekly Mauerpark Flea Market.
  • Tickle your taste buds at Vedis Indian Restaurant.
  • Sample sweets and treats at Misses & Marbles.
  • Rent bikes and explore the neighbourhood and city on two wheels.
  • Learn, laugh and play at the MACHmit Museum.

Where to Stay in Prenzlauer Berg

Best Budget Hotel in Prenzlauer Berg – Vienna House Easy Berlin

Vienna House Easy Berlin

Vienna House Easy Berlin is the best budget hotel in Prenzlauer Berg

Vienna House Easy Berlin is a cute and colourful hotel in Prenzlauer Berg. Close to public transit and the Berlin Wall, this hotel is surrounded by shops, restaurants and cafes. It has spacious rooms, comfortable beds, and each room comes with bottled water and free wifi.

 

Best Mid-Range Hotel in Prenzlauer Berg – Victor’s Residenz-Hotel Berlin

Victor’s Residenz-Hotel Berlin

Victor’s Residenz-Hotel Berlin is the best mid-range hotel in Prenzlauer Berg

This four-star hotel is centrally located in Berlin, and our top choice for families staying in Prenzlauer Berg. It has a rooftop terrace, a rustic restaurant and a comfortable lounge, perfect for relaxing after a day in the city. Enjoy a buffet breakfast and unique dining experience at this charming hotel.

 

Best Luxury Hotel in Prenzlauer Berg – Hotel Oderberger

Hotel Oderberger

Hotel Oderberger is the best luxury hotel in Prenzlauer Berg

Elegant décor, a rustic bar, and a charming atmosphere are just a few of the reasons we love this hotel. Centrally located near Berlin’s entertainment district, this hotel is close to restaurants, shopping, and great museums. It has a rooftop terrace, free wifi, and a range of modern amenities.

 

Final Thoughts on Where to Stay in Berlin

Berlin is a city full of surprises. It seamlessly blends historical charm and counterculture grit giving it a unique and interesting vibe. From iconic sights and moving museums to lush parks and colourful streets, there’s thing for every interest in Berlin.

To recap our travel guide, Kreuzberg is our top choice for where to stay in Berlin. This boho ‘hood is one of the coolest in the city with its coffee culture, street art and overall artistic flare.

Our top pick for best hotel in Berlin is the Ludwig Van Beethoven Hotel thanks to its great location, laid-back vibe, and impossibly cool décor. You seriously won’t find a better place to stay in Berlin.

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