One of Berlin's cosmopolitan hearts, a true hive of activity. Make Alexanderplatz your launching point to sample the overwhelming variety of shops (Berliners have transformed window displays into gallery-worthy affairs), bars, and restaurants in the surrounding neighborhoods.
Alongside Friederistrasse, although I might be wrong, Gendarmenplatz opens, and is one of the most representative places of Berlin. If the title of this part includes the term "markt" it's because of the variety of different markets held here all week. In my case, I went at Christmas, and the square with two imposing churches was literally boiling. The area has trendy shops and designer bars that don't leave you indifferent. In any case, I recommend taking a trip across the square on weekdays, with fewer people, around the market if you want, enter the churches if it's hot and chat with a Berliner - that's what really matters in the city.
Undoubtedly the most trendy area of Berlin, and it's very famous for many reasons. This square holds the Berlin Film Festival, better known as the Berlinale, which hands out the Golden Bear for best film of the festival. As a curiosity, this place was where the first traffic light was installed in Europe. You can also see the dome of the Sony Center, designed by Helmut Jahn, a landmark of the new Potsdamer Platz, and visit the Sony Style Store, a multi-storey building with the brand SONY reserved for exhibitions and sales of all its products. You can also enjoy the tower Sony, IMAX 3D cinema and a film library.
From the center of Berlin was the cathedral, cross the bridge Schlossbrucke or Castillo and do nothing else and you will see this lovely garden surrounding the cathedral. On sunny days many families and young people lie on the grass, but during the winter it's most photogenic, children continue going to their schools and have morning excursions of undeniable beauty.
Republic Square is one of the largest in all of Berlin. Contemplating the Reichstag at the end of the vast esplanade of grass is spectacular. Especially if you consider the history of this place. During the years of World War II, due to food shortages, the German government allowed people to plant potatoes and vegetables here. At the time of the Berlin wall, this square was the perfect political weapon for the leaders of West Germany. It was a stage for holding rock concerts and festivals, to the despair of the East German authorities. A bright and airy space, but with a shocking past.
Hackescher Square is located besides the River Spree on the other side of Museum Island. It's a nice place to go out at night for a drink. There are several restaurants, such as a Spanish tapas restaurant, and another with Asian cuisine ... but unfortunately I didn´t see any typical German cuisine. There are many bars installed in the building which the railroad bridge supports. The train is below , which gives a special touch to the place, actually. It's a very cheap neighborhood where you can go out to dinner at a restaurant for less than 15 euros including drinks, or where you can also enjoy a drink for 2 or 3 euros. Sometimes there are singers who are standing next to street terraces and play guitar all night while they sing. In the back there is a park with even more restaurants and bars, with views to the river and the also to the Pergamon Museum.
This square is just one metro stop from the Zoo Station and is a great place to grab a bite to eat. The whole plaza is filled with terraces and under the arcades of the subway there are shops, bookstores and cafes. We had a pizza at the pizzeria called 12 Apostles. Highly recommended!
Before the Opera, just past the churches, you will find the public baths ... in wonderful gardens worthy of being palace gardens! They are located right in front of the benches in a large garden. A really great place