Mitte Travel Guide

Arguably one of the world’s finest archaeological museums, the Pergamon sits proudly in the center of the city’s famed Museumsinsel (Museum Island), a collection of five spectacular museums that’s also a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Facing the lovely Gendarmenmarkt square, this vast, pillared space created by Berlin architects Pierre Jorge Gonzalez and Judith Haase is Berlin’s answer to Paris’ Colette.

Four billion dollars and five years were sunk into the building of this supposed future-scape just so that one of its main squares—Marlene-Dietrich-Platz, mind you—could host a McDonald’s, a Starbucks, a sad-looking casino, and Mamma Mia!, the musical.

Inspired by the risqué glamour of Berlin-born photographer Helmut Newton—his mural-size black-and-white nudes adorn the entire back wall—this swanky lounge across from the Gendarmenmarkt is a sultry spot for a rendezvous.

Stay in the fashionable Mitte ("middle") district, since it's convenient to major sites including the Reichstag and Potsdamer Platz. Browse the area's many boutiques, including Bioladen, the organic-food store found throughout the city.

Notorious Berlin club entrepreneur Heinz “Cookie” Gindullis has been a household word for Berlin’s revelers since he opened the first Cookies in 1994. After years of searching for a new home, Cookies’ latest (fifth!) incarnation has revived its old spirit in what was once a cinema.