Any story about Berlin has to start at the centre, at the literal middle of the city: Mitte. Full of internationally renowned heritage sights, museums and memorials, Mitte is a fascinating and varied district. In recent years, it has posted the highest population growth in the city, and is the second-largest market for apartments, with a huge population of young and international newcomers flocking to the area, particularly students and artists drawn to the art and fashion scenes. And the borough is not only about monuments to the past; the areas of Moabit and Wedding are Berlin neighbourhood life at its purest, with charming places to eat out and have drinks, and a very multi-cultural population, while the Tiergarten is one of the city’s largest urban gardens.
Staatsoper Unter den Linden
State Opera house, 250 years old and freshly renovated
Toboggan in winter, swim in summer
Restaurant Tim Raue
One of the world’s top 50 restaurants
Contemporary art collection in a former bomb shelter
Modernist Bauhaus architecture