December 16, 2011

NIKOLAIVIERTEL/ST. NICHOLAS QUARTER

The Nikolaiviertel or St. Nicholas Quarter is a small district in the historic center, part of Mitte and close to the Alexanderplatz.
The district's narrow and often pedestrianized streets are very popular with tourists. The area, which borders the Spree river contained some of the oldest buildings in Berlin before WWII
 
 Replicas of historic buildings were constructed in an attempt to recreate a historic quarter.

 Almost none of the buildings were built at their original location. The result is nonetheless a nice tourist-attracting area with many restaurants, caf├ęs and shops.
 
 
 
 
 
 
At the center of the Nikolaiviertel is the oldest church in Berlin: the 13th century Nikolaikirche. 
 
 
 The church now houses a museum recounting the history of the city.
 
At the border of the Nikolaiviertel is the Rotes Rathaus or Red Town Hall, named so for the red brick walls.
town hall
 The building, officially known as the Berlin Rathaus is the home of the Berlin Mayor.

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