The Nikolai Viertel (Nicholai Quarter) is the oldest residential area of Berlin. It dates back to around year 1200 and together with neighboring Cölln (not to be confused with Neukölln), form the historical heart of Berlin.
Until the 20th century, the area was comprised of small stores and hotels. The Nikolai Viertel was essentially destroyed near the end of World War II and any hope of rebuilding was lost once Berlin became a divided city.
Because the Nikolai Viertel was located within the cash-poor (Eastern) GDR governed sector, it took many years before the buildings received the attention they deserved. The 1980s saw big changes to the area, with buildings being reconstructed, based on historical models. The architects worked hard to ensure the streets and houses looked historically accurate.
Today, the Nikolai Viertel is a charming area with medieval cobblestone streets and many upscale restaurants and bars. It’s definitely worth an hour to stroll through the streets and experience old Berlin.
Address: Propststraße 4, 10178 Berlin
How to get there
Walk from Alexanderplatz (10 minutes).
U-Bahn: Take the U2 to Klosterstraße)
Tram: M4, M5, M6 (Get off at Spandauer Str/Marienkirche).
Bus: 248, M48 (Get off at Nikolaiviertel)