Nikolaiviertel (Nikolai Quarter)

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Nikolaiviertel (Nikolai Quarter) Berlin Reviews

skiathos skiathos
31 reviews
Charming Old-Berlin Aug 04, 2011
When I first visited this area, which is just off Alexanderplatz, it was as an A-Level language student in 1987. The area was still under restoration as part of the city's 750 Year Anniversary celebrations and evidently things had fallen behind schedule, at it was already November. (the old East Germany for you).

The end outcome, however, has been a huge success, as strolling through this beautiful quadrangle of quaint streets, shops and alleys on a spring or summer day is a very pleasant experience and costs nothing, unless you get drawn by the souvenir shops, which I can't help browsing here.

Another reason to visit; this is one of the few places in Berlin (well, tourist ones) where you can find restaurants selling traditional German dishes, such as Berliner Klops (dumplings), Berliner Bratwurst (fried sausage), Wildschwein (wild boar) Kalbsleber (calf liver - not very PC, but quite traditional) etc...

The Nikolaikirche, the triumphant centrepiece of this delightful olde-worlde Berlin, is the oldest church in the city and dates back to the 1200s. When I last visited the church, you could wander around the inside for free and there were steps to a raised organ area, giving great views of the nave. You could also sit and listen to a variety of organ music, using the headphones provided. You made your own selections: it was a bit like a series of sit-down juke boxes for organ music - wierd. My friend and I had a bit of a play - not because we are particularly into organ music, but because we are a bit childish and thought it was quite funny.

Nearby sights: (1) das Rotes Rathaus - splendid old redbrick town hall, very prominent in the days of East Germany and now home to the governing mayor. (2) Alexanderplatz - home to the Weltzeit Uhr (World Time clock) and that other great Berlin icon, der Fernsehturm (Television Tower). (3) River Spree Embankment. (4) Berlin Cathedral and DDR Museum.
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Twin Spires of the Nikolaikirche
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londonstudent londonst…
31 reviews
Oct 09, 2004
Nikolaiviertel, or the Nikolia Quarter, is a roughly rectangular network of small unspoilt streets and lanes bounded by the River Spree, Mfuhlendamm, Spandauer Strasse and Rathaus Strasse. Immediately on entering the Quarter you seem to leave behind present-day Berlin and experience instead of the comparative peace and quiet of the old city. It is not fossilised, however: there are plenty of small shops to encourage window-shopping, including one that specialises in traditional German Christmas displays and decorations, some of which show great craftsmanship in their construction and are correspondingly expensive.Also here is the famous old Nikolaikirche, where in about 1647 the organist Johannes Cruger wrote a chorale melody that was to become one of the most famous of all hymn tunes, Nun Danket Alle Gott (Now thank we all our God).A very pleasant hour or two can be spent wandering around the Quarter, which is conveniently close to other attractions such as the TV Tower and Berliner Dom
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londonstudent says:
Hey Eric, many thanks for your kind commnet. I'd almost forgotten this Berlin stuff, so it's good to know that it can still be useful!
Posted on: Jul 30, 2009
Eric says:
Thanks for all your Berlin reviews, very helpful. Just was going through the site and cleaning up some old reviews and was reading through your Berlin ones.
Posted on: Jul 30, 2009

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