Location and Neighborhood
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.
In the very heart of Berlin and easily accessible
The Nikolai Quarter is the origin of Berlin, the historic core. It inspires visitors as a romantic old town, a creative quarter and a surprising oasis in the midst of the big city hustle and bustle. Many events, such as the large Nikolai Festival, provide a varied program. In addition, the oldest church, the shortest alley, the largest density of restaurants in Berlin with 30 localities, 5 museums and 40 individual small stores attract visitors. Stroll through car-free alleys, do some relaxed shopping and forget about time on the banks of the Spree. All this can be found in the middle of the city, only a few minutes walk from the pulsating Alexanderplatz and easily accessible by public transport as well as by car.
To get here quickly and comfortably, we recommend using public transport. Plan your BVG route here.
Enjoy breathtaking views from the TV tower after a stroll through Nikolaiviertel. Take a tour of Rotes Rathaus, official seat of the mayor and Berlin’s city government. Berlin’s Alexanderplatz: this place is always in motion, and it has many faces – this is where structural, social, cultural and aesthetic differences meet.
Alexanderplatz is one of the most frequented places in Europe. Briefly referred to as “Alex” by Berliners, it is dominated by the television tower and flanked by the Rotes Rathaus, the City Hall and seat of the Berlin Senate. “Alex” is one of the landmarks of Berlin and just a few minutes from Nikolaiviertel. TV Tower and the World Clock, crossroads of several subway and commuter rail lines, Regional Station – at Alexanderplatz it’s all coming together. Located in the city center, you’ll easily get there by public transport or by car.
You can also find lots more interesting information about the Nikolai Quarter on Wikipedia.