After spending a few short days in Berlin, I realized that Mitte would probably be the neighborhood I’d choose to live in if I were a Berliner. Mind you, I didn’t see the entire city on this first trip, but when I travel, I either connect with a place, or I don’t. For me, this arty neighborhood has a laundry list of attributes that I require to visit a place a second time or consider moving there.
Would I leave New York for Berlin? Probably not, but could I imagine living in Mitte? Definitely. This section of the German metropolis has so much to offer, so if you’re planning a trip to Europe, add Berlin and especially Mitte to your itinerary. Here are five reasons to visit Berlin Mitte.
History matters to you.
Not all of the past is pretty, but that doesn’t deny its importance. Perusing the streets of what was once East Berlin immediately proves how Mitte has been rebuilt and revitalized in the past 25 years. Remnants of the not-so-distant past remain, and although I felt unsettled emotions when roaming Mitte, I also felt fortunate to stand in the heart of this historic neighborhood.
|At the Brandenburg Gate…|
|Remnants of the past remain in Mitte.|
You’re fond of art.
Some call it graffiti. but much of the paint that covers the facades of buildings in Berlin Mitte (and all over the city, for that matter) is a glimpse of the burgeoning art scene. Mitte blends creativity with culture, architecture with street art, and does it with flair. If you’re an art aficionado, you’ll appreciate the wide selection of contemporary art galleries within this neighborhood as well.
|Architecture blends with street art in Mitte.|
|An arty entrance to my hotel in Berlin Mitte.|
Shopping is one of your guilty pleasures.
Someone told me that I wouldn’t find anyone sporting high heels in Berlin, and they were right! I didn’t see any women donning heels during my time in Mitte, but I surely saw a lot of stylish people. There’s no shortage of shops, both chains and indie boutiques, for either browsing or buying. (Buying is way more fun.) From designer labels to outlandish finds, Berlin Mitte offers it all, so bring your credit cards.
|Style is essential to Berlin.|
|Vintage shops like Made in Berlin make fashion affordable for everyone.|
You love to eat. And drink. And eat more.
The food scene in Mitte is as progressive as the attitude, and it’s might tasty too. Courtyards lead to more courtyards where casual meals paired with bottles of wine abound. Don’t be surprised when you stumble upon a small eatery with a lush backyard that echoes a garden along a winding country road. The food is local, fresh, and healthy. Welcome to dining in Berlin Mitte.
|A backyard dining area in Mitte…|
|Fresh and healthy food with wine, of course!|
You can’t get enough of Brooklyn.
You might have seen this one coming….but, I discovered a lot of similarities between areas of Brooklyn and Mitte. To start, all of the points I mention above are as essential to life in Brooklyn as they are to Berlin Mitte, and I found the attitude and vibe to be consistent. The lifestyle is relaxed, but that big city energy still manages to prevail. I think that may be why Millennials are making a move from places like Williamsburg and ending up in European neighborhoods like Mitte. Riding the subway back to my sleek, trendy hotel late at night resembled riding the L train on a weekend, complete with loads of chatter…. and mostly in English.
|Brooklyn or Berlin Mitte?|
Many thanks to Flavia of Context Travel for hosting an educational and fun walking tour that gave me a wonderful impression of life in Mitte. My trip to Berlin was sponsored by Visit Berlin. For more info on this fantastic city, visit the website.
Berlin wasn’t the only German city I traveled to. I had the pleasure of spending time in Hamburg too! Check out my recent post on Alster Park and prowling the streets of the city, if you haven’t already.