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Berlin's Birthplace: The Nikolai Quarter

The capital city from a different perspective - experience and feel the spirit of the past.

In the middle of Berlin is a district which gives an idea as to how it could have looked centuries ago in this city. We are talking about the Nikolai quarter and a far sighted landmark, the the Nikolai Church.

Berlin was founded here over 770 years ago, this historic town has witnessed and been through a lot over the centuries. Among other things, fires, wars, and destruction – including the second world war when the area was razed to the ground. But on the occasion of its 750th anniversary in 1987, the area and church were rebuilt. Believe it or not, the old narrow streets with small town houses are just barely 25 years old. Except for parts of the church there is nothing original. If you don’t know this, it’s not noticeable. Otherwise, this place is very touristy and there are restaurants and pubs all over with traditional Berlin cuisine, souvenir shops, and museums.

The Nikolai Church is the oldest church in the city with parts of it being 780 (!) years old. After several alterations and its total destruction in World War II, the church is now rebuilt, since 1983. But it’s not a parish church, but mainly a museum and concert hall. A little tip: every first Wednesday of the month, admission is free. And another note: photography costs extra and must be done without flash or tripod.

Address
Nikolaiviertel, 10178 Berlin – Mitte

Connections by public transport
U-Bahn: Klosterstr., Alexanderplatz (U2)
S-Bahn: Alexanderplatz
Bus: M 48, 248
Tram: M2, M4, M5, M6

Additional Info
http://www.nikolaiviertel-berlin.de (English)
http://www.stadtmuseum.de/index3.php?museum=nk (German only)

written by ck_berlin and translated by duckduckninja

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