3. Despite the chilled nature of our 'hood, it's only a stroll (or bike ride, usually since Berlin is very 'geared up' for cycling) into the hustle and bustle of Mitte, the most central area of Berlin. The spiritual heart of Mitte is Alexanderplatz, a former cattle market that now hosts the towering Fernsehturm, the heavily daubed Fountain of Friendship between Peoples, and a wealth of socialist architecture. Modern constructions notwithstanding, it's like a brief trip into the heart of the GDR. Radiating from this central timewarp are some of Berlin's trendiest venues, a dense network of bars, shops, boutiques, cafes, and nightclubs.