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15-Min-Stadt-Hotel BIG MAMA Berlin Restaurant
15-Min-Stadt-Hotel BIG MAMA Berlin Restaurant © visitBerlin, Foto: Mo Wüstenhagen

Hotel BIG MAMA in Berlin-Mitte

Holiday in style by the banks of the River Panke

The north of Berlin Mitte was once at the forefront of technology. Now former industrial buildings and other sites have become creative spaces for young artists in this area off the beaten track. Discover the fascinating blend of old and new, urban and tranquil, on a city break at the warm and welcoming BIG MAMA hotel.

Riverside lifestyle in Berlin Mitte at Hotel BIG MAMA

15-Min-Stadt-Hotel Big Mama room
15-Min-Stadt-Hotel Big Mama room © visitBerlin, Foto: Mo Wüstenhagen

Hotel BIG MAMA offers you a warm welcome to Berlin Mitte, a quirky Berlin district with a whole lot to offer. The hotel itself is stylish and modern, the perfect fit for an area that is home to students, young families and people from all over the world. BIG MAMA is located in a slightly secluded spot away from the hustle and bustle of Berlin Mitte itself, right on the Panke, a little river that wends its way from the north to meet the Spree. It makes a fantastic base to discover the city’s hidden gems or hop on a bike and discover the history of industrialisation and the division of Berlin.

There are many advantages to the hotel’s stunning riverside location. The idyllic Panke is a beautiful backdrop for the BIG MAMA bar and its terrace, which is popular with locals and visitors alike. It’s also a fantastic starting point for a range of interesting walks across the city. You can head south towards Chausseestraße and discover the quirky neighbourhood around Oranienburger Tor. Heading north, you can stroll along the Franzosenbecken and check out the Huguenot church before heading to Bürgerpark Pankow with its lovely rose garden.

The modern rooms and apartments on offer at Hotel BIG MAMA – some of which are wheelchair accessible – are the perfect place to relax between expeditions exploring the city. The rooms feature vast king-size beds that guarantee a comfortable night’s sleep. In the morning, you can enjoy breakfast with honey made by busy bees on the hotel rooftop and jams and marmalades made by the team in the hotel kitchen. Once you’re fuelled up and ready for a great day ahead, ask at reception for tips – the team are available 24 hours a day and happy to help with recommendations for hidden gems.

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Music and movement in Berlin Mitte

Culture vultures will find plenty to amuse them in the area around the hotel. The silent green Cultural Quarter, around 2 km from the hotel, has breathed new life into the site of a former crematorium. Dedicated to interdisciplinary art, it’s a haven for musicians, artists and makers. On tours of the site, you can learn more about its incredible history and the work that goes on there.

Following the musical theme, Das Klingende Museum (the Museum of Sound) is a great place for families with kids to visit. It stages family-friendly concerts and gives young people the opportunity to try out various instruments in workshops under the tutelage of music teachers. Just 950 m from the hotel, on the banks of the Panke, there’s another musical treat in store: the Uferstudios, a contemporary dance studio and hotspot for Berlin’s modern dance scene in a listed building.

If all this music and dance has got you in the mood for movement, the Magic Mountain climbing centre north of Humboldthain is a great place to get active. Here, you can try out all kinds of climbing routes on over 2,000 m2 of climbing walls.

Discover Berlin history around Hotel BIG MAMA

15-Min-Stadt-Hotel Big Mama signpost
15-Min-Stadt-Hotel Big Mama signpost © visitBerlin, Foto: Mo Wüstenhagen

Plenty of Berlin sights are within walking distance of the hotel – but two wheels are an even faster option. Hire a bike from the hotel reception and head 2.5 km south to Humboldthain, where you’ll find the imposing former site of electronics company AEG – a visual testament to Berlin’s time as a so-called ‘electropolis’ and the engine of Germany’s technological development.

At Humboldthain you’ll also find the Berliner Unterwelten-Museum, or ‘underground museum’, an unconventional attraction where you can discover historic World War II bunkers under the city. Another historic part of town worth checking out is Bornholmer Straße, about 1.5 km from the hotel. The border crossing on this street saw the beginning of the end of the Berlin Wall and decades of division within the city. This very spot is where citizens of East Germany were first permitted to cross over to West Berlin. Today, a remnant of the Berlin Wall still stands here as a monument to the moment. Another beautiful way of commemorating the divided city is the street’s stunning avenue of cherry blossom trees on the site of the former border, which starts right at the S-Bahn railway station and looks particularly magnificent in spring.

Take your tastebuds on a culinary tour at Hotel BIG MAMA

 Magic Mountain climbing hall: Woman high up on the climbing tower
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Magic Mountain

A paradise for climbers of all age groups is the Magic Mountain. The newest and largest climbing hall in Europe is a world of vertical experiences spread out over 2,500 square meters with various climbing courses, bouldering walls, classes, new outside facilities, a climbing shop and a café. And anyone feeling like really relaxing after strenuous climbing can treat themselves in our very own wellness area with sauna.

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Clinker building of AEG Humboldthain in Berlin
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AEG am Humboldthain

One of the largest industrial sites in Berlin is located in Mitte, between Brunnenstraße, Gustav-Meyer-Allee, Voltastraße and Hussitenstraße: the former site of electrical company AEG am Humboldthain. Even if only parts of the former industrial complex have been preserved, there is still a sense of how important it once was. The listed site with the impressive assembly hall on Hussitenstraße demonstrates the importance of the electrical industry for the development of Berlin.

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Currywurst and chilisauce at Curry & Chill
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Curry & Chili

"Where men are allowed to cry!" is the slogan of this snack stand in Wedding. In addition to currywurst, guests can also choose from sauces with ten different levels of spiciness. If you're stomach's strong enough to take it, you can even attempt to join the hottest club in the world and earn your own hot & spicy certificate. But first, you have to withstand the onslaught of all ten sauces!

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grüntaler9

Running since 2011, grüntaler9 is a space in constant transformation, a space dedicated to live performances and time-based art, a space in a direction towards the performative. It is not a Gallery, a White Cube or a Black Box. Every performance leaves visible and invisible traces that remain for the next performance to come and take over and let go again.

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Exploring the city is thirsty – and hungry – work. The neighbourhood around Hotel BIG MAMA has plenty of places to stop off for a cup of coffee and a tasty sweet treat. At KAWA Kaffeemanufaktur, just 400 m from the hotel, you can buy freshly roasted coffee from Berlin to take home, so you can enjoy a taste of the city wherever you are. Near the Uferstudios you’ll also find Café Dujardin and Café Pförtner, where you can enjoy coffee, tea, tasty cakes and hot dishes in bright, friendly surroundings.

In the evening, you don’t have to venture far past the hotel for tasty dinner and drinks. Delicious pizza is available from the hotel bar, with its
vintage decor and sociable terrace. Treat yourself to one of 15 varieties of gin or the alcohol-free Big Mama Special with your meal. You can also order Asian dishes straight to the hotel via a delivery service. If you fancy heading further afield, you can try a Berlin snack food classic at Curry & Chili, just half a kilometre from the hotel: the infamous currywurst sausage. It’s worth noting that this spot offers 12 different levels of spice – and calls itself Berlin’s spiciest currywurst place.

If it’s riverside dining you’re after, the restaurant Uferlos, about a kilometre from the hotel, is the perfect place to dine – you can even walk along the banks of the Panke on your journey to get there. This place is known far and wide for its fresh, carefully selected menu and changing weekly specials. Another unique option in the area is O-slow, a restaurant serving a one-of-a-kind fusion of Japanese and Lebanese cuisine.

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