Did you know that Berlin is eight times the size of Paris, that it has 150-plus museums and even more of contemporary art galleries, that the central Tiergarten comprises 520 acres, or did you know that here there is museum dedicated to the famous currywurst?
Whether visiting the German capital to see its wall, to walk its main fashion streets, to explore its history or, of course, to attend the Tropentag at Humboldt University, Berlin hardly disappoints. For those who are not familiar with the urbs and would like to stay here a little bit longer after the 3-day Tropentag, it can be a little bit tricky to cross the city: with a population of 4,5 million and up to 12 main neighbourhoods, the metropolis is, well, quite huge.
Each area is as extraordinarily seducing as it is specific, even though it may be disorienting at first. So let’s take a look of discovery together – right through the 3 main districts around Humboldt University that make up Berlin!
Considered the city’s centre as its name translates to “middle”, Mitte is the unmissable starting point for first tours since you can find here Berlin’s most recognized monuments, memorials and landmarks. From Unter den Linden to Brandeburger Gate, from the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe to the Reichstag and Alexanderplatz: these are few among the several “to-be-visited” guidebook highlights that you will bump into over here!
Us sort of welcoming people at the gates of Humboldt University in Mitte
Divided by the Oberbaum Bridge along the River Spree, Kreuzberg ends and Friedrichshain begins. Not only this double-district is a must if you want to get a taste of the Berlin nightlife and of most alternative clubbing and hangouts. Kreuzberg-Friedrichshain is also the place for contemporary artistic movements and bohemian lifestyle: here painters and musicians like to live and perform their exhibitions, here the typical Turkish markets wake up on Fridays, here the former Berlin Wall turned into a memorial of 150 wall paintings getting the name of East Side Gallery.
Just off Alexander Platz, the so-called Prenzl’Berg was once known as a poor neighbourhood, populated mostly by squatters. But it is no longer like that: nowadays, this district shows up as a quiet and residential area, chic and, while perfect for a Sunday brunch or an elegant Thai-meal, its organic restaurants and rents are quite expensive. Never mind: families seem to be happy here and sidewalks are trampled especially by young mothers and fathers with at least 3 little babies. Nannies at kindergartens got to know it very well! It is not only a random fact that Prenzlauer Berg is considered to be the European neighborhood with the highest concentration of children! And you should not miss the chance to head to Mauerpark on Sundays for the local vintage flea market and experience the karaoke outdoor party later on.
Go and explore!