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Nicholas Quarter, Berlin

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A reconstructed historic center, Nicholas Quarter of Alt-Berlin was founded in 1200. The two most well-known buildings are the Nicholas Church and the Ephraim-Palais. The latter was built for King Frederick II of Prussia's financier, Veital-Heine Ephraim. The palace was renovated in the 1980s, when it was opened to the public as a museum. Another nearby museum, the Biedermeier civic museum, is housed inside the Knoblauchhaus buildings with the Neoclassic facade. The area around these historic structures is interspersed with traditional restaurants and bars that serve up beer with a side of sauerkraut. The former prince-elector's house rests on the shores of the Spree river. Elector Eduard Knoblauch believed a white lady haunted the house, so he fled to his valet's house. To visit Nicholas Quarter on your trip to Berlin, use our Berlin road trip planning app .
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  • 5-minute walk from Alexanderplatz. After the TV Tower and City Hall and Church of Saint Nicholas, the Nikolai district is near. Cute feel the medieval buildings, visited was just done event.
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  • We ended up visiting here twice in our short trip to Berlin as it was my favourite little corner of the city. It has an impressive church in the center which is surrounded by quaint buildings and cobb...  more »
  • The Nikolai quarter, has lost much of its former charm, is but also severely shaken by the huge construction site of the Metro 5. Some wrong is now also building. One can only hope that the quarter with completion of the construction work finds its way to him. It needs but also help (Aufhübschung) through the town.
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The Kreuzberg neighborhood near the Oberbaumbrüke bridge is central and full of Berlin icons: street art, a piece of the Berlin Wall, the East Side Gallery, and a proliferation of cafes. Friedrichshain is another option with a hip vibe due to the students who congregate at its cafes and galleries. Consider Mitte as a historic home base. Mitte is the area where almost all of Berlin's well-known buildings are located, and it is within walking distance of Alexanderplatz. For a peaceful residential area, try Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf where the streets are lined with boutiques and quiet coffee shops.
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