Where to stay in Berlin – the best place to be central

If you fancy a trip to the cool and quirky capital of Germany, but don’t know where to stay, hopefully, this review will help you out.

In March 2019, I booked a spontaneous trip to Berlin after hearing many wonderful things but, I will admit that I was completely unprepared for this city.

Without trying to sound like an ignorant Brit, I had no idea how big the city is. There are 12 districts in Berlin, making it nine times bigger than Paris.

It’s also worth taking into account what time of year you will be visiting. I made the mistake of going the first week of March – and let’s just say I’ve never felt as cold in my life.

For those reasons, it’s important if you’re a tourist to make sure you’re central and located to all the main tourist attractions.

Where should I stay in Berlin?

In my opinion, there is only one district tourists should look to stay in and that’s Mitte.

It’s the centre and heart of the city, where you’ll find most of the sightseeing hotspots.

Mitte is just a short walk to the ‘must-see’ tourist attractions, including Germany’s largest square Alexanderplatz and Museum Island.

The area is linked to numerous Metro stations and multiple bus stops will take you further afield.

Where I stayed

Capri by Fraser Berlin

  • Address: Scharrenstraße 22, Berlin, Berlin, 10178, Germany
  • Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (4)
  • TripAdvisor rating: 4.5
  • Price: Between €88 to €272 per night based on two people sharing

Located on Museum Island, this four-star hotel is only a short walk to the famous museums in Berlin’s historic centre.

Guests can choose from 143 serviced apartments, ranging from studios to one-bedroom units. 

And if you’re looking to get around using public transport, this hotel is a five-minute walk from the nearest U-Bahn station and there are nearby bus connections to all parts of the city.

My thoughts

In European cities, you’ll often find yourself paying a premium for what is effectively a box room, but space is no issue at Capri by Fraser Berlin.

Originally, we booked a studio, however, on arrival, we were kindly upgraded to a one-bedroom, which measures 378 by 452 sqft, for free.

There were plenty of transportation options available, with most bus stops located at the entrance of the hotel.

The area felt safe and we were comfortable walking around at night.

There are a hotel restaurant and bar, but if you’d rather taste some local cuisine, I’d recommend taking a short walk over the Mühlendamm bridge where you’ll find plenty of food options. 

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