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Where to stay in Berlin as a first time visitor

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Berlin is a city packed to the brim with culture, politics, innovation and science. A place where its world-famous, tangible history fills the streets, fueling what the city means today.

Located in northeastern Germany on the banks of the Rivers Spree and Havel, the capital and the largest city of Germany is home to 3.7 million people, making it the second most populous city proper in the European Union behind the city of London. As well as the locals, Berlin attracts tourists by the thousands every year and keeps them coming back for more.

A modern multicultural metropolis, Berlin somehow maintains its charm as an international village, a city that caters for start-ups and freelancers and anyone that lives by the mantra ‘live and let live.’ In fact, if you walk anywhere in Berlin, the laid-back vibes of the city and its residents are almost palpable! Full of world-renowned universities, orchestras, museums, historical landmarks and a zest for life that radiates through every cafe, restaurant and club, Berlin is a city that entertains and loves nothing more than a good time.

For a first time visitor, choosing where to stay in Berlin can be exciting. However, due to the size of the city and the variety of choice, some may find the task quite discouraging. The great thing about Berlin is that although it is quite big, its main areas are wonderfully compact! We’ve outlined the best hotels in Berlin below to show you where to stay in Berlin and which is the best neighborhood to stay in Berlin…..

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Mitte Berlin

Mitte – Where to stay in Berlin for tourist

Mitte is the best area to stay in Berlin, it’s Berlins best neighborhood to stay in. With a name that literally translates to “middle,” perhaps not surprisingly, you’ll find this area right in centrally located! Just a stone’s throw away from Berlin’s top tourist attractions such as the Brandenburg Gate, Mitte is the perfect location for sightseeing, plus it has about one million hotels to choose from so you can be sure you’ll find a place to stay whatever your budget.

Coined as the most iconic district of Berlin, highlights include Museum Island (for your culture fix), Hackescher Markt (to wander and explore), Rosenthaler Platz (for the best bars and cafés), shopping street (to spend your money) and the old Berlin Jewish Neighbourhood (for all you history buffs). In this huge and diverse district, you can be sure that you’ll be awed and entertained at every turn, regardless of the type of traveller you are.

Best Places to Stay in Mitte Berlin

Cheapest Hostels in Mitte:

baxpax downtown Hostel Hotel
Heart of Gold Hostel
The Circus Hostel
Generator Hostel Berlin Mitte

Budget Hotels in Mitte:

MEININGER Hotel Berlin Mitte Humboldthaus
Hotel Berlin Markischer Hof am Tacheles
Novalis Hotel
Hotel M68

Mid-Range/Family Friendly Hotels in Mitte:

Monbijou Hotel
Arcotel John F
Hotel Hackescher Markt
Eurostars Berlin Hotel

Affordable Luxury Hotels in Mitte:

Radisson Blu Hotel, Berlin
Hotel de Rome
Hilton Berlin
Regent Berlin

Friedrichshain Berlin

Friedrichshain – Where to stay in Berlin for nightlife

If you want to stay in a district where life courses through the streets, Friedrichshain is where you need to go. Giving off alternative, hipster, indie, and any other cool vibes you can think of, this district is a hot spot for bar-hopping and clubbing and is also home to the world-famous Eastside Gallery.

Full of some of the most popular attractions in East Berlin, all within walking distance, Friedrichshain is known for its heavyweight public monuments, having the coolest place in Berlin (Boxhagener Platz) where there are amazing local food options, its amazing street art (especially at the old train station, RAW & Revaler Strasse), and for being home to one of Berlin’s coolest nightclubs, Berghain.  Although known mainly for being a hip and youthful district, Friedrichshain is also a suitable place to stay for families. Take a stroll through the beautiful Volkspark Friedrichshain park and you’ll soon see why.

Best Places to Stay in Friedrichshain

Cheapest Hostels in Friedrichshain:

Pegasus Hostel
Ostel – GDR The Hostel
Sunflower Hostel
Kiez Hostel Berlin

Budget Hotels in Friedrichshain:

Hotel Comenius
Juncker’s Hotel Garni
East Side Hotel
Ibis Styles Berlin City Ost

Mid-Range/Family Friendly Hotels in Friedrichshain:

nu hotel berlin
Hotel 26
Zarenhof Friedrichshain
Upstalsboom Hotel Friedrichshain

Affordable Luxury Hotels in Friedrichshain:

Ackselhaus
Berlin Gorki Apartments
Sofitel Berlin Gendarmenmarkt
TITANIC Gendarmenmarkt Berlin

Kreuzberg Berlin

Kreuzberg – Best place to stay in Berlin for cultural hotspots

One of Berlin’s most colourful districts, Kreuzberg is also an option for the traveller who would like to see the alternative side to the city. Home to punk rock and LGBTQI-friendly, Kreuzberg is one of the most popular districts in all of Berlin, both for its central location and characteristic atmosphere. Full of hipsters and tourists alike, Berlin’s best bars and clubs, a plethora of restaurants, a range of hotel options, and some beautiful natural spots, this district is full of entertainment and gives off a compelling vibrant feel.

If you like to walk, take a stroll along one of Berlin’s most famous canals, Landwehr Canal, or through the stunning Görltizer Park. If you’re a foodie, head on over to Bergmannstrasse, a beautiful part of Berlin packed with an abundance of dining options, or visit the market hall, Markthalle Neun, for street food Thursday!

Best Places to Stay in Kreuzberg

Cheapest Hostels in Kreuzberg:

36 Rooms Hostel
Singer109 Backpacker Apartment Hostel
Check In Hostel
MEININGER Hotel Berlin East Side Gallery

Budget Hotels in Kreuzberg:

Herbst Hotel
LebensQuelle Hotel
City Hotel Gotland
Hotel Lindenstrasse

Mid-Range/Family Friendly Hotels in Kreuzberg:

NH Berlin Kreuzberg
Grimm’s Hotel
Derag Livinghotel Grosser Kurfurst
Best Western Hotel Am Spittelmarkt

Affordable Luxury Hotels in Kreuzberg:

Hotel Adlon Kempinski
The Ritz-Carlton, Berlin
Berlin Marriott Hotel
The Mandala Hotel

City West Berlin

City West – Best place to stay in Berlin on a budget

Made up of four boroughs (Wilmersdorf, Schöneberg, Tiergarten and Charlottenburg), City West is a great option when choosing where to stay in Berlin as you have so many great places to choose from! As the district is a little away from the city centre, you can find a variety of accommodation options here in every price category, with some of the cheapest places to stay in Berlin.

Although the nightlife is few and far between, City West boasts an excellent restaurant scene, great transport links and a vibrant shopping area that offers everything from quirky to luxury shopping. If you want to stay somewhere that is cheaper than the centre but without compromising on the convenience of getting around, City West is the perfect location.

Best Places to Stay in City West Berlin

Cheapest Hostels in City West Berlin:

JETpak Flashpacker Hostel
Esfand Hostel
Jugendhotel berlincity
enjoy hostel Berlin City West

Budget Hotels in City West Berlin:

Hotel Carolinenhof
Atrium Hotel Berlin
Hotel De Ela

Mid-Range/Family Friendly Hotels in City West Berlin:

NH Berlin City West
TWO Hotel Berlin by Axel
Hyperion Hotel Berlin
Leonardo Hotel Berlin City West
25hours hotel bikini Berlin

Affordable Luxury Hotels in City West Berlin:

Sofitel Berlin Kurfuerstendamm
Steigenberger Hotel Berlin
Provocateur Berlin
Hotel Zoo Berlin

Prenzlauer Berg Berlin

Prenzlauer Berg – Best place to stay in Berlin for Families

An upmarket neighbourhood full of families, creative professionals and artists, Prenzlauer berg is a district that is worked and lived in, yet has an extremely laid back attitude. Here there is a bohemian-meets-bourgeois vibe where you can feel it walking through the cobbled streets and admiring the beautifully refurbished buildings; this district is also known for its plentiful green spaces and outdoor areas such as Mauer Park, Helmholtzplatz and Kollwitzplatz.

Regardless of how you like to spend your time, everyone can find something of interest here, whether you want to visit the Berlin Wall Memorial, bask in fashion shops, trendy restaurants or cheap eats in Kastanienallee street, or just explore the district and drink in the culture. This is another great area to base yourself if you’re looking for a nice place to stay that is more local whilst still being able to easily reach the city.

Best Places to Stay in Prenzlauer berg

Cheapest Hostels in Prenzlauer berg:

Pfefferbett Hostel
Lette’m Sleep
Alcatraz Backpacker Hostel
Old Town Hostel

Budget Hotels in Prenzlauer berg:

H+ Hotel HVD 4Youth
Hotel Transit Loft
Schall und Rauch Stadthotel
Feng Shui Hotel Melarose

Mid-Range/Family Friendly Hotels in Prenzlauer berg:

Hotel Oderberger
Zarenhof Prenzlauer Berg
Hotel Kastanienhof

Affordable Luxury Hotels in Prenzlauer berg:

Vienna House Andel’s Berlin
Hotel Adlon Kempinski
Grand Hyatt Berlin
Steigenberger Hotel Am Kanzleramt

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Where to stay in Berlin as a first time visitor

Where to stay in Berlin




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Hi, my name is Samantha, Finance Managing Guru by day, Travel Blogging Enthusiast by... well... day too! Haha! Travelling King is the destination hotspot for the wannabe traveller! Showcasing affordable, luxurious getaways for the budget conscious!With the combination of my financial knowledge and travelling experiences I aim to show you, with a little planning, the right budget and a realistic goal you can fulfil your travel fantasies and explore the world whatever your budget or desires may be!