Mitte is one of Berlin’s liveliest districts, packed with historic sights, cultural attractions and delights for foodies – and the hotel INNSiDE by Melia Berlin Mitte on bustling Chausseestraße is the perfect starting point to explore it from. From this centrally located hotel, you can discover Berlin in style and comfort on a city break: no bikes, cars or buses required. Simply set off by foot from the hotel and encounter distinctive museums, galleries, bars and restaurants, all within easy reach.
Comfort and style on vibrant Chausseestraße – the INNSiDE by Melia Berlin Mitte hotel
Combining sophisticated style with warm Spanish hospitality, the hotel INNSiDE by Melia Berlin Mitte is the perfect match for its location on Chausseestraße. This bright, welcoming, pet-friendly hotel offers 229 comfortable rooms and a gym, sauna, restaurant and bar, making it the perfect place to relax after a busy day exploring the city. Check out the bear mural hidden away in the inner courtyard – a delight for spotters of street art in Berlin.
The hotel is situated on historic Chausseestraße, whose grand old buildings recall a storied history dating back to the 17th century. Heading south, Chausseestraße leads onto Friedrichstraße towards the river Spree and beyond, past all kinds of famous city sights, shops, cafés and restaurants – the perfect starting point for your Berlin adventure.
Spend a day exploring arts, culture and leisure on your doorstep
Your first pitstop is practically on the hotel’s doorstep: the largest of its kind in Germany, the Museum of Natural History is barely 500 m away. Outside, marvel at the imposing 19th-century building; inside, gaze in awe at the world’s tallest dinosaur skeleton. For more of a people’s history of Berlin, take a moment to reflect at the Berlin Wall Memorial on Bernauer Straße, or the Dorotheenstädtischer Friedhof, where notable Berliners such as Bertolt Brecht are laid to rest. Both are about a kilometre from the hotel.
If you’re keen to explore the great outdoors, Berlin-style, the vast Park am Nordbahnhof nearby is the perfect spot for a brisk jog or a nature walk. Those who prefer something on the wilder side don’t have to venture far from the hotel to get their kicks – they can play a spot of beach volleyball at BeachMitte or scale new heights at the MountMitte climbing centre.
Slow the tempo down to a leisurely Mediterranean pace in the afternoon on a stroll around Torstraße and the nearby streets around Auguststraße and Linienstraße, about 10 minutes’ walk from the hotel. This area, beloved by artists and makers, is home to lots of little galleries showing new work, such as Galerie Neu on Linienstraße. A varied cast of characters congregates in the cosy street cafés nearby. South of Auguststraße, step into the charming Heckmann-Höfe courtyards off Oranienburger Straße. These peaceful little spots, nestling between listed buildings, are home to lots of creatives and small businesses, including the Bonbonmacherei sweet factory.
If you’re feeling in the mood for some modern art, check out the Hamburger Bahnhof, about a kilometre west of the hotel. This fascinating art gallery is a must-see, housing a wealth of contemporary pieces in an impressive former freight railway station. Those in the know recommend Galerie Boros, a hidden gem just a hop, skip and a jump west of Friedrichstraße, showing contemporary art from around the globe in a bunker since the 1990s.
Round off a day of cultural exploration at a theatre further south, near the riverside. The Deutsches Theater and Friedrichstadt-Palast have plenty of exciting shows on offer. If you don’t fancy taking in a show, you can enjoy the drama of Berlin’s architecture on a leisurely evening stroll from the hotel to the government district and the iconic Reichstag.
Culinary delights in and around INNSiDE by Melia Berlin Mitte
Seeing the sights in Berlin is hungry work. When exploring galleries and browsing shops around Auguststraße, you might want to stop for coffee or delicious cake at local spots like Princess Cheesecake. For dinner, there are plenty of options – and you don’t have to look much further than the hotel itself for culinary flair. At its restaurant, Crafterie, you’ll find sophisticated modern cuisine and new takes on local dishes.
If you fancy venturing further afield, the area around Torstraße, Brunnenstraße and Invalidenstraße is a must for foodies. Try the stylish and welcoming Gärtnerei restaurant with its lovingly prepared dishes, PeterPaul serving modern German tapas, HERMANN’S with its zero-waste concept, or Syrian restaurant Yarok.
Berlin is at the forefront of culinary trends, and young vibrant areas like Mitte are leading the charge. If you eat plant-based, you’re in the right place. Check out Berlin’s first vegan zero-waste restaurant in Berlin, FREA, or momos veggie dumplings, just a stroll from the hotel.
Sample Berlin nightlife near INNSiDE by Melia Berlin Mitte
The distinctive Oranienburger Vorstadt area near Chausseestraße is a historic part of Berlin’s city centre with a fascinating past: in the 19th century, it was an industrial area powering the city with engineering works and iron foundries. Buildings like the Borsighaus on Chausseestraße bear witness to its industrial past. Meanwhile, the southern part of this neighbourhood, around Oranienburger Tor, was a popular spot for workers to head out and let their hair down after a long day at work.
Of course, Berlin nightlife is still second to none, and the area around Oranienburger Tor and Torstraße remains popular today – it’s buzzing with bars, restaurants and late-night cafés. Grab dinner, then head out to sample some of the after-hours vibes on offer. On your way home, stop off at the nearby Kunstfabrik Schlot for some live jazz.