Remain in the old east a while longer and you'll discover two more fascinating districts in Prenzlauer Berg and Friedrichshain. The former has undergone a rapid transformation in the last few years from edgy artistic zone to up-and-coming residential district. Head to Kollwitzplatz to soak up the coffee and conversation vibe. Meanwhile Friedrichshain - blighted by Communist architecture - has picked up the mantle of Mitte and Prenzlauer Berg when it comes to raw and funky happenings. Check out Berghain nightclub to see the city's darker edge.
There will be many, particularly the more gentrified amongst you, who will prefer exploring the west of the city. Many of Berlin's most luxurious hotels are found in Charlottenburg, the principal district in what was once the Allied half of the city, and the area still remains the commercial and business hub of the capital. From here you will be perfectly placed to explore Berlin's shopping malls, such as the monstrous KaDaWe, or stroll down the famous Kurfurstendamm, Berlin’s very own Oxford Street. And, of course, no trip to Charlottenburg would be complete without visiting the resplendent Schloss Charlottenburg Palace.
Also in the old west is the leafy district of Tiergarten, which divides Mitte and Charlottenburg. Dominated by a large park of the same name, Tiergarten is also worth exploring for top attractions like Berlin Zoo, Potsdamerplatz and the Reichstag, Berlin's splendid parliament building.
Got tired feet yet? Time to order that motorised wheelchair. Schoneburg was the home of Marlene Dietrich, David Bowie and Iggy Popp and witnessed JF Kennedy’s famous 'Ich bin ein Berliner' speech and worth perusing for a sense of history alone, whilst Kreuzberg makes for a very pleasant stroll if you like exploring art galleries and quirky cafes. Also in Kreuzberg you can see the best preserved section of the remainder of the Berlin Wall.
Of course it it all gets too much for you, then strike out West for some stunning forests, beaches and lakes!