Formerly a working class district of Berlin, Prenzlauer Berg has now largely succumbed to gentrification and is now very much an affluent, middle-class area and one of the most desirable places to live in the north/ central part of the city. Having been largely lovingly (and colourfully) restored since the drab grey days of the DDR, it is home to many young couples and families who want to be close to the city but enjoy the pretty squares, the trees and the pleasant surroundings not to mention the plethora of coffee houses and Berlin's oldest beer garden. It is also popular amongst English speaking immigrants to Berlin and you will find that English is widely spoken. There is a large market on a Saturday which pulls in crowds of tourists and Berliners alike. Although the district itself does not have many of the classic tourist sites, it is just a short hop from just about anywhere in the centre/ east and provides a thoroughly pleasant base for your stay. It would certainly be a good choice for families looking for a quieter suburb but somewhere that allows them to explore the best of what Berlin has to offer.
* Providing a pleasant, family-friendly base
* Access to the centre of Berlin
* Coffee shops, restaurants and a market place