Checkpoint Charlie & Mitte

Berlin’s Mitte, which translates to ‘Middle,’ is the heart center of Berlin, Germany. Most of Berlin’s tourist attractions can be found within this district. In Mitte you can get all of your Berlin shopping accomplished, take a break in Berlin’s finest cafes, visit Museum Island, the TV tower, walk along the Spree, relax in one of the many beautiful parks, or visit Berlin’s world-famous art galleries set along Mitte’s cobblestone streets.

Checkpoint Charlie

Checkpoint Charlie was the central gateway between East and West Berlin after the Second World War up until the fall of the wall. Many tourists enjoy their photograph taken next to the guards dressed as American soldiers beneath the large photo of a soldier stationed there during the war, one is a Soviet soldier facing the East side and from the West side is a large image of an American soldier. Checkpoint Charlie marks the end of Friedrichstrasse, which is almost like Berlin’s 5th Ave of NYC.

Rosenthaler Platz

Rosenthaler Platz is the center of the center. Around Rosenthaler Platz are many of Mitte’s finest restaurants, cafes, galleries, and Berlin’s designer boutiques. Many couples and singles love to have their photograph taken sitting outside of a cafe or restaurant with Mitte’s romantic yellow trams running through the background of the photograph. You can easily access Alexander Platz from Rosenthaler Platz with the many trams and subways found all around Mitte.

Besides for the picturesque TV tower, which can be seen from anywhere in Berlin, you can also find the Völkerfreundschaft (Fountain of the Peoples’ Friendship) and the Weltzeituhr (World Clock), which makes for a fascinating photograph.

If you and your family arrive to Berlin during the winter or summer months you can catch either Berlin’s famous Christmas Markets or Summer markets with rides for children, take a bite out of Berlin’s famous Currywurst, and buy gifts for your friends and family.

Mitte

Many tourists spend their entire time in this district alone. In Mitte, you will find Brandenburger Tor, which is located at the very end of one of Mitte’s main boulevards, Unter den Linden. You can also visit the Reichstag, Hackescher Markt, the striking Rotes Rathaus, the Neue Synagogue, the honored Humboldt University of Berlin, Nikolaiviertel, which is Berlin’s oldest section that is adorned with quite charming houses, a medieval church, and the Spree.

The borough of Mitte is brimming with photographic scenes, both spontaneous and planned. If you’re there on a summer evening you may even catch fireworks around the city during the weekends.

In Mitte, there is something for everyone to see and enjoy. While much of Mitte was left in ruins after the Second World War, Germany has invested impressive sums to maintain the buildings which had survived the war and even more investments on restoring many of their monumental buildings back to their original decor.

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