Alexander Platz and the Nikolai Quarter is one of those little gems off the beaten track. While everyone else is hanging out on the Ku-damm, being in the Nikolai Quarter gives you that sense of finding a secret that you don't want to share. It's the oldest part of Berlin, dating back to 1200. It's a preserved bubble in history with is cobbled streets, ancient church and authentic Berliner restaurants and hospitality. We decided it was our new favorite place and contains Paddenwirt, our new favorite restaurant in Berlin. Here are a few highlights of this area:

St George & the Dragon is a statue between Museum Island and the Nikolai Quarter. We passed it as we walked to Alexander Platz.

 

 

The Nikolai Church was built in 1204. The details of it were amazing.

  This plaque tells about when the church was built and has the original priest's name graven on it. I love the attention to detail on the doors and windows.

  

  This picturesque little scene is on the front lawn of the church.

This statue is the oldest mascot of the Berlin Bear in the city. The carvings at the bottom are insignias of the old military guilds of the city.

My mom and I in the cobbled street in front of Paddenwirt, the restaurant that those steps on the left lead to.