The central urban district of the Capital City is Mitte.
It was set up of the old districts Mitte, Tiergarten and Wedding on 1st January 2001 and contains six districts today: Mitte, Moabit, Gesundbrunnen, Hansaviertel, Tiergarten and Wedding.
The Lower House of Parliament, the Federal Council of Germany, the Federal Government and a lot of embassies are located in Mitte.
All in all it is 39.5 square kilometres big and 17 % of this city centre is green area.
During the last decade the former district has enveloped to a nice and trendy neighbourhood and half of its residents moved away. After the Fall of the Berlin Wall a lot of caterers and “young creatives” entered this area. Today artists and gallerists live and work there so that a lot of galleries and studios are located around Koppenplatz and Auguststraße.
Not far away there are magnificent buildings with beautiful furnished flats along the noble Friedrichstraße and Unter den Linden to Pariser Platz and Brandenburger Tor.
A lot of significant buildings are placed around Potsdamer Platz like Sony Centre, Bahn Tower and debis house.
However there is also an other side. 318.000 people from over 166 countries are living in Mitte.
Especially in Soldiner Kiez, Beusselkiez and Tiergarten-South many people are unemployed. A lot of attempts try cover this with numerous projects like rebuilding green area, streets and the new main train station Lehrter Bahnhof, which has the biggest developing potential beside Alexanderplatz.
The new train station, openend in May 2006, offers on 3 floors various shopping opportunities and attaches the different public traffic lines.
However it takes time to get to know Mitte with all its charming character.