Hotel MANI in Berlin, Germany

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Updated: February 6, 2020

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Hotel MANI Berlin Review

MANI – Design-conscious yet economic boutique hotel with slimline, comfortable rooms in a buzzing part of town.

The AMANO Group’s hotels are all about providing guests with maximum style for the smallest price tag, and the MANI is no exception. Its clever design manages to make what would otherwise be simple rooms into luxurious boutique abodes, thanks to high-end fittings and unique artwork. The Israeli food at its restaurant is excellent and this, combined with the quirky and seductive decor, draws in locals in a way that other hotels do not manage. Then there’s the hotel’s location: on the border between the gentrified Prenzlauer Berg and the funky Scheunenviertel. Many of the major sights, as well as the Hauptbahnhof (Central Station), are within walking distance of the hotel.

MANI – Location

  • Address: Torstrasse 136, Berlin.
  • Nearest Metro/Subway: Rosenthaler Platz is a handy 1-minute walk (100m) from the hotel.
  • Area: The hotel is in Mitte, more specifically, in the trendy Scheunenviertel, often referred to as the Hackescher Markt. To the north is Prenzlauer Berg, one of the city’s coolest neighborhoods. While both Mitte and Prenzlauer Berg have been heavily gentrified since the city’s reunification, there are still hints of Soviet shabbiness, and the Gedenkstätte Berliner Mauer (Berlin Wall Memorial) is a must-see.
  • How To Get There: From Berlin Central Station, it’s 10-15 minutes (1.6 miles) via either taxi or public transport. From Tegel Airport, it’s a 30-minute (7 miles) taxi ride or 30-40 minutes on public transport. From Schönefeld Airport, it’s 40-50 minutes (16 miles) by taxi or public transport.
  • Handy To: Hackescher Markt, Gedenkstätte Berliner Mauer, Neue Synagogue.

MANI – The Basics

  • Ages: While MANI is not adults-only, the majority of guests tend to be travelers or couples on a city break.
  • View: Upper floors have panoramic city views and those on the south side take in the Fernsehturm (TV Tower) and the spires of the Dom.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: No private pools or jacuzzis.
  • Laundry: Laundry services available (additional charge).
  • Parking: Some spaces available for €15/day.
  • Extras: Vending machines in lobby with cool gizmos, gadgets, and snacks; e-scooters, laptops, ipads, and bicycles for hire at reception; slippers in the room.
  • When To Book: As far ahead as possible to secure the best rates. Last-minute bookings soar in price.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: +49 30 5302 8080
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: amanogroup.de

MANI – Amenities

  • Pool: No pool.
  • Spa: No spa.
  • Fitness Center: No fitness center. Guests may use the fitness facilities at other AMANO Group hotels if required.
  • For Disabled Guests: The whole hotel is accessible by elevator and there’s a wheelchair-friendly room on each floor.
  • For Families: There is space in the rooms for a crib but not an extra bed. There is also a reduced-price kids’ breakfast menu, however, and the helpful staff can help arrange services like babysitting.

MANI – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant: The sultry MANI Restaurant on the ground floor of the hotel has a small bar area and indoor and outdoor dining tables. Open to the public for lunch (with a good value set menu) and dinner serving modern Israeli small plates. Open Monday-Friday 12pm-2:30pm and 7pm-midnight, Saturday dinner only. $-$$$.
  • Lounge/Bar: There’s no separate bar but there is a separate sitting area in the restaurant and comfy sofas in the lobby and on the street outside the hotel. The bar is run by restaurant staff during restaurant hours though drinks are available for guests 24/7. The hotel keenly points out that its sister hotel, AMANO, has a fabulous rooftop bar with views spanning Scheunenviertel (0.2 mile, 4-minute walk).
  • Breakfast: An excellent buffet breakfast is served 8am-midday in the restaurant for €15, or €12.50, if booked in advance when booking the room via the hotel’s website.
  • Room Service: No room service but there are vending machines in the lobby (including useful travel necessities and beauty products), and a minibar and snacks available in the rooms. There are 24-hour stores and snack bars nearby.

MANI – Rooms

  • Room Types: Standard
  • Smoking Rooms: Smoking is permitted on the terraces. The hotel’s staircase cleverly goes outside the building and offers guests on each floor with a small terrace with ashtray.
  • Best Room: The 3 north-facing rooms on the top floor also have private terraces. South-facing rooms on higher floors are quieter and have views of the Fernsehturm and the Dom. All rooms have rainfall showers, climate control, TVs, toiletries, safes, slippers, and minibars.
  • Family Rooms: No family rooms per se.

MANI – Local Transport

  • Walking: Many of the big sights, including the Gedenkstätte Berliner Mauer, Museumsinsel, and Alexanderplatz are within a 15-minute walk of the hotel.
  • Tram/Bus: The useful M1 tram route, which goes directly into the center of Mitte, can be caught right by Rosenthaler Platz U-Bahn, a 1-minute walk (100m).
  • Subway: Rosenthaler Platz U-Bahn is a 1-minute walk (100m).
  • Taxis, Uber, Lyft: All taxis charge the same amount in Berlin, even Uber, but the company’s growth has been limited by local taxi firms, which have rallied to compete with apps of their own: TaxiApp and taxi.eu app represent a large number of local companies, including Taxi Berlin (+49 30 202020) and FunkTaxi Berlin (+49 30 261026).

MANI – What’s Nearby?

Recommended Nearby Tours

  • Secret Food Tours – With specialist tours about craft beer, street food, German food, and vegan cuisine, these tours, led by locals, are always illuminating. They start at different places, depending on the tour.
  • Insider Tour – This company offers a wide range of extremely well-reviewed tours (including Jewish Berlin, Third Reich Berlin, Cold War Berlin, and more) and their meeting point in East Berlin is conveniently located by Hackescher Markt station, a 13-minute walk (0.6 mile) or 4-minute tram ride south of the hotel.
  • Berlin on Bike – The meeting point for this tour company, which offers a diverse range of cycling city tours, is a tourist site in itself, Prenzlauer Berg’s Kulturbrauerei, a 20-minute walk (1 mile) or 10-minute tram ride from the hotel.
  • Trabi Safari – One of the quirkier options and a must for any motorheads is to drive around the city in a Trabant, the car of the Soviet Union. You’ll see the multicolored little vehicles around and about, and navigating Berlin’s streets in one will give you more of a sense of real life in the GDR than just about anything else. Tour starts from Zimmerstrasse (opposite the Topographie des Terrors), 25 minutes via public transport.

Best Nearby Restaurants

  • Kopps – Vegan, seasonal, organic, and beautifully presented, altogether excellent. $$. 3-minute walk (0.1 mile).
  • PeterPaul – Sharing plates of German classics with a twist in a refined restaurant on Torstrasse. $$-$$$. 4-minute walk (0.2 mile).
  • Simela – Excellent pizzeria with a great selection for those with special diets or allergies. $. 4-minute walk (0.2 mile).
  • Yumcha Heroes – A modern take on the traditional Chinese tea-and-dumpling house. They make some of the best dim sum in the city. $-$$. 5-minute walk (0.2 mile).
  • Sisal – Cozy local Italian serving unfussy pizzas and pastas at great prices. $. 5-minute walk (0.2 mile).
  • Đistrict Một – The closest you’ll get to Saigon in Europe. Kitsch and colorful diner with convivial outside seating. Pho, dim sum, hot pot, and more. $. 5-minute walk (0.2 mile).
  • ‘Chén Chè Teehaus – Asian tea house serving freshly-baked sweet treats and Vietnamese mains in a magical bamboo-filled courtyard. $-$$. 5-minute walk (0.2 mile).
  • KWA – Kebap with Attitude – Hipster kebabs with a wide range of sauces, chutneys, and inventive fillings, including lots for veggies. $. 6-minute walk (0.3 mile).
  • Kuchi – Great Japanese food with a focus on curries and noodles, great for those not so into sushi. Sleek interiors and cool garden. $-$$. 6-minute walk (0.3 mile).
  • Nola’s – From Bircher Müsli to Röschti and Fondue, this place does Swiss food all day every day with a cool terrace overlooking the Volkspark am Weinberg. $-$$. 7-minute walk (0.3 mile).
  • Piccolo Giardino – Whether you go for a great Italian meal, an aperitivo, or homemade dessert, this hidden gem in the Rosenhöfe is sure to delight. $-$$. 9-minute walk (0.4 mile).
  • YOSOY – Lively Spanish tapas joint attracting a mix of tourists and locals right by the Hackesche Höfe. 9-minute walk (0.5 mile).

Best Nearby Cafes

  • Pastelaria A Galão – Hot drinks, smoothies, panini, and, of course, Pastel de nata at this Portuguese cafe with great outdoor seating almost opposite the Volkspark am Weinberg. 4-minute walk (0.2 mile).
  • The BARN – Simply one of the best coffee shops in the city. Renowned internationally for its roastery (0.5 mile, 11-minute walk). The closest cafe is a 5-minute walk (0.2 mile) away.
  • Barcomi’s – Delectable bagels, pies, cakes, coffee, and more from this local favorite (they can also prepare fully stocked picnic baskets for day-trips). The deli is off Sophienstrasse in a picturesque courtyard. 8-minute walk (0.4 mile).

Best Nearby Bars and Breweries

  • MuschiObermaier – Rock n’ roll bar with retro music and a punky dive-bar atmosphere. Wednesday-Saturday from 8/9pm. Cash only. 2-minute walk (150m).
  • Mein Haus am See – A 24/7 cafe-bar-club, “My House on the Lake” has cool seating and welcomes everyone. 2-minute walk (0.1 mile).
  • Clärchens Ballhaus – Drinking, dining, dancing, guided tours, and more at this faded but splendid ballroom that’s been going since 1913. 6-minute walk (0.3 mile).
  • Betty F*** – Trashy late-night LGBTQ space in what must be one of the tiniest bars in the city. 6-minute walk (0.3 mile).
  • Dal Contadino – Pleasant Italian trattoria and wine bar. 6-minute walk (0.3 mile).
  • Gaststätte W. Prassnik – Bar that serves its own brew, which evokes GDR-era simplicity: “You come when we open. No reservations. No social media.” Smoking allowed in the bar. 8-minute walk (0.4 mile).
  • Max Fish – Alternative bar in the ACUD culture center with live music, open mic nights, and DJs. 8-minute walk (0.4 mile).
  • Weinerei Forum – By day, a pleasant cafe (try the baked cheesecake). By night, it’s a pay-what-you-think-it’s-worth wine tasting bar. 9-minute walk (0.4 mile).
  • Kaschk – Ever yearned for craft beer and shuffleboard? Then this place is for you. 9-minute walk (0.5 mile).

Nearby Shopping & Cool Shops

  • FUNDAMENTAL.BERLIN – Homeware and more, inspired by the “mathematics of nature” and made from natural materials. 2-minute walk (0.1 mile).
  • Dr Bronner’s – For green points, head to this, the flagship store of the cult Californian brand. 3-minute walk (0.1 mile).
  • Rotation Boutique – Record store and unisex fashion, with an emphasis on sustainable streetwear. 3-minute walk (0.2 mile).
  • do you read me?! – You’ll see people carrying this store’s canvas bags all over the city. It’s the hippest magazine store, with a small selection of classic books, many in English. 5-minute walk (0.3 mile).
  • Schönhauser Design – The best and most classic contemporary design house, specializing in German and Danish labels as well as Berlin-based manufacturers. 6-minute walk (0.3 mile).
  • Grober Unfug – Cool comic book store with a good selection in English. 7-minute walk (0.3 mile).
  • Freshlabels – Like a shoe store for bags, the coolest new backpacks are available to feel, try on, and admire. 8-minute walk (0.4 mile).
  • Tukadu – For lovers of kitsch, colorful, and playful jewelry, come to this heaven, where you can buy handmade designs or choose elements to design your own. 9-minute walk (0.4 mile).
  • Hackescher Markt – The term refers to the shopping area encompassing the eponymous S-Bahn station, Dircksenstraße in the south, Torstrasse in the north, Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz in the east, and Oranienburger Strasse in the west. It’s most famous for its concentration of independent stores scattered in various courtyards, or Höfe. The most famous of these being the Hackesche Höfe, which has a warren of yards and Jugendstil architecture. 10-minute walk (0.5 mile).
  • South Embassy – High-quality Latin American products, from clothes and shoes to wines and chocolate. 10-minute walk (0.5 mile).
  • Kurfürstendamm – For luxury stores and international chains, bypass hip Mitte and head straight to “Ku’damm”, as it’s known by locals, and hit all the world’s major brands at once. 30 minutes via public transport.

Nearby Attractions

  • Alexanderplatz, Fernsehturm, & Karl Marx Allee – Alexanderplatz is the busiest place in Berlin and a great landmark to help orientate yourself to the city. Don’t miss the retrofuturistic World Clock, often surrounded by street performers, and make sure to walk east up the bombastic Karl Marx Allee, a perfect example of large-scale Soviet architecture. Another unmissable example of Soviet pretension towers over Alexanderplatz: the Fernsehturm (TV Tower), which was designed to show off the might of the new regime to the West. Now you can ascend for food or drink, or just to look around. It’s open most days until midnight. All can be reached within a 15 to 20-minute walk (0.8 mile) or in 7-10 minutes via public transport.
  • Museums – There can be few cities as great for museum-goers as Berlin, mostly because they’re all packed into a compact area, the so-called Museumsinsel, a 25-minute walk (1.2 miles) from the hotel. The island in the Spree features some of the nation’s finest museums: the Alte Nationalgalerie (19th-century art), the Altes Museum (Greeks, Etruscans, Romans), the Bode-Museum (sculpture, coins, medals, and Byzantine art), the Neues Museum (Ancient Egyptians and prehistory), and the Pergamonmuseum (Islamic and Roman architectural set pieces). There are far too many treasures to note, but needless to say, you should plan your time (or go with a guided tour) and buy tickets in advance, especially for the world-famous Pergamon. General opening hours are 10am-6pm (Thursdays until 8pm) and several of the museums are closed on Monday. Also on the island are the Berliner Dom (cathedral) and the Humboldt Forum (opening in 2020), which is being built in the former Berlin Palace. Just off the island are the wonderful Deutsches Historisches Museum, which traces German history from the Middle Ages to the fall of the Wall, and the wacky and interactive DDR Museum (see below under Cold War).
  • Unter den Linden – West of Museumsinsel is this enormous boulevard that leads past the Staatsoper (National Operahouse) and Humboldt University, via many of the flagship stores for international brands, all the way to the Brandenburger Tor (Brandenburg Gate) and beyond to the Tiergarten and its dramatic Siegessäule (Victory Monument). Just north of the Brandenburg Gate is the Bundestag (aka Reichstag), with its inspiring rotunda where the public can overlook the politicians at work in the main parliament chamber below. It’s free to visit, but book well ahead or risk hours in line. 20 minutes by public transport.
  • Nazi and WWII history – A good place to start is the Topographie des Terrors (Topography of Terror, 20-25 minutes via public transport), a center dedicated to understanding how the Nazis came to cause such destruction, and built on the former site of the Gestapo, SS, and security headquarters. There are 2 worthwhile memorials to visit that warn of the horrors of war: the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtnis-Kirche (Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, 25-30 minutes via public transport) has been purposefully left in its bombed state, while Käthe Kollwitz’s devastating ‘Mother with her Dead Son’ sculpture at the Neue Wache (New Guardshouse, opposite the Staatsoper) is a national monument for all the victims of war and dictatorship. During the air raids that destroyed some 80% of the city center, much of Berlin’s life happened underground. Two ways to get insight into this are: visit the site of the Führerbunker, where information boards explain what cannot be seen below – Hitler’s series of underground rooms and tunnels where he spent his final days, or visit Berliner Unterwelten (8 minutes via public transport), whose tours allow you to explore air raid shelters, and the Myth of Germania exhibition which examines Hitler’s extensive plans for a modernized, Aryan Berlin (and how it would be achieved with widespread forced labor).
  • Jewish Berlin – Wandering through the large uneven slabs of the Holocaust Memorial, just south of the Brandenburg Gate (20-25 minutes via public transport), is a deeply moving experience, as is the Jewish Museum (in Kreuzberg, also 20-25 minutes via public transport), which dives deep into German-Jewish history and culture. The Neue Synagoge in Scheunenviertel (0.6 mile, 12-minute walk) provides tangible evidence of just how important the pre-war Jewish population was to Berlin’s growth and industry in the second half of the 19th century. It now features a permanent exhibition about Berlin Jewry.
  • Cold War – As you walk around the city, look out for the double row of cobblestones, laid as a reminder of the enormous footprint of the Berliner Mauer (Berlin Wall). There are several segments of the original wall that have been preserved: a section at the Topographie des Terrors (see above); the famous painted section, the East Side Gallery (in Friedrichshein, 20-30 minutes via public transport); and the Gedenkstätte Berliner Mauer (Berlin Wall Memorial), which spans a few blocks of Bernauer Strasse, between the Nordbahnhof and Mauerpark (0.6 mile, 12-minute walk). It’s an outdoor museum telling the story of the wall and its repercussions, with a full-scale reproduction of the double-walled barrier the Soviets created (viewing platform at the corner with Ackerstrasse). The reconstructed Checkpoint Charlie (in Mitte, a block from the Topographie des Terrors), a gateway between the East and West from the American Sector, is an evocative tourist favorite, while the Stasi Museum and Archives (in Friedrichshain, 30 minutes via public transport), housed in the real Stasi headquarters, show the depths the secret police of the German Democratic Republic went to for spying on its citizens. For a social history perspective, the DDR Museum (1 mile, 18-minute walk) is a wonderfully interactive glimpse into what life was like behind the iron curtain in the Deutsche Demokratische Republik, or German Democratic Republic (GDR).
  • Other sights in Mitte – The oldest part of the city can be seen in Nikolaiviertel, whose tiny alleys and reconstructed medieval church seem a million miles away from the big city, and the heavy-handed GDR-era restoration gives the whole area a sense of Berlin’s layered history. Worth a visit, especially for the open air concerts in summer and the Christmas markets in winter, is the Gendarmenmarkt (20 minutes by public transport), a square often dubbed the most beautiful in Berlin thanks to its perfectly symmetrical neoclassical buildings. The heavily regenerated Potsdamer Platz neighborhood now has much to recommend it, including the inspiring architecture of the Sony Center (20 minutes by public transport), a walk of stars, and the Kulturforum (0.4 mile or 9-minute walk from Potsdamer Platz). Designed in the 1960s to show those in the East what they were missing out on in the cultured West, the Kulturforum’s large plaza features the glimmering Philharmonie concert hall, the Gemäldegalerie (13th to 18th-century European paintings), and the soon-to-be-reopened Neue Nationalgalerie (20th-century art), among other cultural hotspots.
  • Schloss Charlottenburg – There are many sights worthy of a trip outside central Berlin, but Charlottenburg Palace might be one of the best. It was the plush Prussian dream of Queen Sophie Charlotte, whose golden Rococo ballroom and Porcelain Cabinet are jaw-droppingly lavish. It has beautiful gardens for strolling or picnicking, and opposite are 3 excellent museums, the Bröhan-Museum (arts and crafts), Museum Berggruen (a modern art collection featuring Picasso, Klee, Braque, Cézanne, and Giacometti, among others), and the Sammlung Scharf-Gerstenberg (French Impressionists, the complete print works of Toulouse Lautrec, Dalí, Magritte, Ernst, and Klee, among others). 35-40 minutes via public transport.
  • Alternative Lifestyles – The Acker Stadt Palast (0.1 mile, 2-minute walk), Haus Schwarzenberg (9-minute walk), and ACUD (0.4 mile, 8-minute walk) are all examples of the progressive cultural centers that burgeoned in the aftermath of reunification, when artists took over crumbling buildings in former East Berlin and lived and worked together. It’s places like these that gave Berlin its edgy reputation and have survived the onslaught of gentrification. If you’re into alternative Berlin and especially street art, make sure to check out Friedrichshain’s RAW-Gelände, a hive of various hip activities and businesses run out of renovated train warehouses covered in graffiti. It takes about 25 minutes via public transport to reach.

Nearby Markets or Grocery Stores

  • The Market – Opposite the hotel, this good minimart is open 24-hours most days.
  • Mauerpark Flea Market – For a real Berlin experience, head to Prenzlauer Berg’s Mauerpark on a Sunday for the massive flea market and karaoke in the amphitheater in the afternoons. 20-minute walk (0.9 mile).

MANI – The Hotel

Few rooms at the MANI have balconies.

Only a few of the hotel’s 63 rooms have balconies, but the building was cleverly designed with an open-air stairwell (on the left of the building, and there’s an elevator, too), which gives guests on each floor a little outside space.

The MANI has a sophisticated decor.

The MANI’s color pallette is dark and sophisticated with pops of quirkiness.

The lounge has lots of art and books.

Opposite the reception desk is a lounge area with a ton of art and design books and a picture that sets the scene for the hotel’s “rock n’ roll” attitude. From here, you can see through to the bar/restaurant.

The lounge features a bar and dining area.

This shot is the reverse of the previous one, looking out from the dining room, with the open kitchen on the right and the doors to Torstrasse in the background. The bar area is in between.

MANI restaurant is known for its Israeli sharing plates.

MANI Restaurant is popular with locals for its Israeli sharing plates and its dramatic dining room, complete with kitsch decorations.

The outdoor courtyard is very cozy.

There’s a tiny but intimate courtyard where it’s really cool to be surrounded by bamboo on a warm day.

The rooms are all similarly designed.

There’s just one type of room at the MANI, the Standard. Expect moody interiors and sultry models on the walls.

Rooms have unique artwork and layouts.

Although all rooms share the same amenities, there are slight differences in artwork and layout between them.

The bathrooms are modern and glamorous.

Bathrooms are styled with metro tiles and bulb mirrors, adding touches of glamor in what otherwise are simple rooms.

The back rooms offer great city views.

Rooms at the back of the hotel face south and offer great views of the city, including the Fernsehturm and the Cathedral.

The sister hotel, AMANO, is just steps away.

The MANI’s sister hotel, AMANO, has a wonderful rooftop bar. It’s just around the corner, a 4-minute walk away, so it almost feels like part of the same hotel.

Getranke minimart is opposite the hotel.

Just opposite the hotel is this useful minimart that sells fresh produce and all the essentials. It’s open almost 24/7.

Rosenthaler Platz U-Bahn station is just a minute away.

The closest U-Bahn station is a 1-minute walk away, Rosenthaler Platz. The plaza itself is a bustling interchange and the streets fanning off it offer great food and nightlife options.

Dr Bronner's sells its famous all-in-one soap.

Take Weinbergsweg to pass by some great stores, including the flagship Dr Bronner’s store, selling the hippy classic all-in-one soap and Rotation, which does great clothes and records. 3-minute walk.

Pasteleria Galão and Yumcha Heroes are a short walk from the hotel.

A bit further north is Pasteleria Galão, a fun place to sit and people-watch with Portuguese delicacies, and the excellent Yumcha Heroes next door, which does some of the city’s best dumplings. They are both a 4-minute walk from the hotel.

Nola's Swiss restaurant is in Volkspark am Weinberg.

Almost opposite is the Volkspark am Weinberg, a pleasant green space that’s always filled with kids and dog walkers. On the small hill is Nola’s Swiss restaurant with its ski gondolas on the terrace. 7-minute walk.

MuschiObermaier and Acker Stadt Palast are just off Torstrasse.

A couple of minutes’ walk from the hotel, just off Torstrasse on Ackerstrasse, is the dive bar MuschiObermaier and Acker Stadt Palast. If you keep going until you hit Bernauer Strasse, you’ll reach the Gedenkstätte Berliner Mauer, a chilling reminder of the city’s divided past. 12-minute walk from the hotel.

Kopps vegetarian restaurant nearby has a relaxed vibe.

Kopps is a high-end vegetarian restaurant, very conveniently located a 3-minute walk from the hotel. While the dishes are exquisitely presented, it has a relaxed vibe.

The Barn cafe and Simela pizzeria are also nearby.

A minute’s walk further south is The Barn, whose legendary roastery is also nearby. It really is some of the best coffee in a caffeine-obsessed city. Simela, a good little pizzeria, is next door.

Clärchens Ballhaus offers swing classes and dinner operas.

The next street south is Auguststrasse, which hosts many of the neighborhood’s treasures, including Clärchens Ballhaus – a rambling and shabby ballroom with evocative garden that does fun events like swing classes and dinner operas. It’s a 6-minute walk from the hotel.

The Neue Synagoge has a magnificent gilded dome.

Cut through the charming Heckmann Höfe to Oranienburger Strasse, where you’ll see the magnificent gilded dome of the Neue Synagoge. It’s well worth the 12-minute walk from the hotel.

The Museumsinsel island features several famous museums.

From the Neue Synagoge, it’s only a 4-minute walk to the tip of Museumsinsel via the Monbijoubrücke. On this island you’ll find several of the city’s best museums, including the world famous Pergamonmuseum.

The DDR Museum offers a glimpse of life behind the Iron Curtain.

Another option from Museumsinsel would be to loop back to Scheunenviertel. On your way, stop in at the ingenious DDR Museum, which paints a vivid picture of what life was like behind the Iron Curtain. It’s an 18-minute walk to the hotel.

Nikolaiviertel is the oldest part of Berlin.

Cross Karl-Liebknecht-Strasse and wind your way into Nikolaiviertel. It’s the oldest part of Berlin and feels like a village. Down by the river, you can get great views north to the Dom (center) and the new wing of the Humboldt Forum (left). From here, it’s a 20-minute walk back to the hotel (13 minutes via public transport).

Alexanderplatz is a busy and popular spot.

Alexanderplatz is the busiest place in Berlin and a great landmark to help orientate yourself to the city. From here, it takes just over 15 minutes to walk back to the hotel (7 minutes via public transport).

Hackesche Höfe in Hackescher Markt is a popular shopping destination.

Alexanderplatz borders the Scheunenviertel district, commonly referred to as Hackescher Markt. It’s most famous attraction is the Hackesche Höfe: a warren of intriguing courtyards full of some of the city’s best shopping. It’s just 10 minutes from the hotel.

Piccolo Giardino in the Rosenhöfe serves great Italian food.

In the next series of courtyards north from the Hackesche Höfe, the Rosenhöfe, be sure to stop at Piccolo Giardino for a spritz or some delicious Italian food.

Haus Schwarzenberg is a must-visit ramshackle gem.

And don’t miss another series of courtyards nearby known as Haus Schwarzenberg. It’s so ramshackle you’ll wonder how it’s standing, but there are many cultural gems to be found inside, including cool exhibition spaces, a cinema, and a museum dedicated to Anne Frank. It’s a 9-minute walk from the hotel.

Tukadu is a quirky jewelry store.

Opposite the gateways to the Hackesche Höfe is this awesome jewelry store. Either buy their ready-made crazy concoctions, or custom-build your own.

Freshlabels is a cool store selling backpacks.

Just up the road, a 7-minute walk from the hotel, Freshlabels is one of the coolest stores in Scheunenviertel. They have a camera-rigged room to try on the backpacks so you can see the bags from all angles.

Đistrict Một serves extravagant food in an extravagant space.

The more-is-more aesthetic of Đistrict Một would overpower a lesser restaurant, but luckily, the food here lives up to the extravagant decor. It’s only a 5-minute walk from the hotel.

Dal Contadino serves great Italian food.

Dal Contadino is a delightful wine bar with a small food menu offering freshly made Italian food in a traditional trattoria.

Betty F*** is a classic LGBTQ bar that gets busy after 11pm.

Almost next door to Dal Contadino is Betty F***, a classic LGBTQ haunt in Mitte. It doesn’t get going until 11pm at the earliest, and the fun often goes on all night. From here, it’s just 6 minutes’ walk back to the hotel.

Kaschk is a popular shuffleboard place nearby.

Kaschk is another great bar near the hotel. If you’ve never tried shuffleboard before, now’s your chance. Play with a craft beer in hand, or come during the day for their excellent coffee. 9-minute walk.

Gaststätte W. Prassnik bar allows smoking inside.

For those who enjoy the charms of a traditional boozer where smoking is still allowed inside, go to local favorite Gaststätte W. Prassnik. Unpretentious with good prices; 8-minute walk.

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