charlottenburg was once the heart of West Berlin. Located just north of Ku’Damm this is a tranquil and affluent part of Berlin with charming narrow streets, sidewalks and parks. Sophisticated folks with old money call this district their home. The Baroque style Charlottenburg Palace and Deutsche Oper Berlin (German Opera House) are situated here. There are some great bars, cafes and restaurant in and around Savignyplatz. The boutiques, stores and shops of Ku’Damm are just a stone’s throw away.

Wilmersdorf is located to the south of Charlottenburg. The Ku’Damm running along its northern edge divides Wilmersdorf and Charlottenburg. This is a quiet and leafy residential neighborhood. There isn’t much in the way of tourist attractions here, but there are quite a few nice eating and drinking options. And the shopping of Ku’Damm is just a short walk away. It’s a good neighborhood for folks looking to be central but still wanting some peace and quiet.

Also referred as Ku’Damm by the locals, this is the city’s main shopping avenue and an expensive part of Berlin. This lovely tree-lined boulevard, stretching for two miles, is jam-packed with designer stores, upscale boutiques and tons of options for retail therapy in every price range. Including the famous and huge department store, Ka De We. Ku’Damm is a great neighborhood not just for shopping but also for strolling amidst the shoppers, tourists and some beautiful architecture.

Once the heart of East Berlin, Mitte was the architectural focal point of the Prussian rulers. You can still see many of the architectural marvels despite the destruction caused by World War 2. The grand Unter den Linden boulevard runs through this district, which is also home to the Reichstag, the Brandenburg Gate and the lively Alexanderplatz and Potsdamer Platz. Mitte is loaded with many cool eating spots, bars, funky shops and art galleries. The nightlife here is one of the best, if not the best in Berlin.

Friedrichshain is a hip neighborhood, a stark contrast from when it was once one of the worst affected neighborhoods by the World War 2 bombings. It has attracted students and artists over time to give it a Bohemian feel, and numerous media and design houses here add to its artsy charm. The Karl-Marx-Alee lined with Stalinist style buildings runs through the heart of this district, a reminder of the Soviet occupation. A number of well-priced bars, cafes and pubs are packed in the Simon-Dach-Straße and Boxhagener Platz areas.

Located to the south of Mitte this is a popular part of Berlin. Kreuzberg has two distinct sections – one with a diverse immigrant population with a great selection of multi-cultural eats, funky shops, and the other one that is more up-scale with its elegant homes and beautiful walks along the canal. Tons of clubs and bars here should keep the night owls among us in high spirits. A notable event this neighborhood hosts early summer every year is the Karneval der Kulturen Festival (the Carnival of Culture).

Prenzlauer Berg lies to the North of Mitte and does not disappoint in comparison to its lively neighbor. This is a funky and cool part of town, and is especially popular among the young urban dwellers. Prenzlauer Berg boasts of a lively nightlife particularly in and around Kollwitzplatz and Kastanienallee. It has its fair share of trendy bars, restaurants and cool retail stores. The sidewalks are charming and wonderful for leisure strolls and people-watching.