What are you going to do?
This walk through Mitte takes you past all of Berlin's most iconic sights, and there are many. Because this is a long walk, we recommend that you pass by all sixteen sights, especially if this is your first time in Berlin. This way, you can decide which ones you want to explore more thoroughly during your visit. Some of the sights aren't open to the public, and for some, such as Checkpoint Charlie, the Brandenburger Tor, and Neue Synagoge, you don't necessarily need to go inside—just walking past them will give you a good sense of their impressive history.
Of course it's important during such a long walk to stop and recharge from time to time, so we've made sure our route has plenty of great cafés and restaurants along the way. Most of these places are not known for their exquisite fine dining, but they are perfect for grabbing a cup of coffee, stopping for soup and a sandwich, or enjoying some authentic German sausage and an ice cold beer. Still feel like indulging in a three-course dinner afterward? Then head to Cookies Cream for uber-hip vegetarian cuisine, or Pauly Saal in the Ehemalige Jüdische Mädchenschule if you prefer something more traditional.
The northern part of Mitte is a shoppers' paradise. Because there is so much to choose from, we have selected a few streets that are a prime destination for wonderful shops, galleries, and places to eat. Stores and restaurants here open and close fairly regularly, but there will always be plenty of great places to discover.