Here on the River Spree, Berlin was founded in 1237. St. Nicholas Church is the oldest surviving building in the city and Berlin’s first parish church. Nikolai Quarter has always been the historic center of Berlin. But for centuries it has also been an important engine of urban development. With the fall of the Wall and reunification, Berlin has now regained its old center.
The long and eventful history of Berlin is also reflected in the architectural diversity of the Nikolai quarter: from the medieval fieldstone foundation to an ambitious reconstruction effort in the 1980s.
This diversity and a historic path almost make the district an open air museum. But only almost, because of course Berlin’s historic core is as alive as ever.
For more details, follow the Historic Path.