The Berlin State Opera is located in one of the most beautiful buildings of the avenue of Unter den Linden, the most important and central avenue of the city of Berlin. Known in German as the Staatsoper Unter den Linden, the Berlin State Opera is a place with a great history, as any important building of Berlin.
The Berlin State Opera started off as the Court Opera, a building constructed in 1742 and commissioned by King Frederick II of Prussia. However, a century later, the building would be destroyed by fire. It was renovated and it would be renovated again after the collapse of the German Empire, when it was renamed as the Staatsoper Unter den Linden.
Nowadays, the Berlin State Opera is being renovated again to adapt to the needs of modern spectacles and technologies. Hopefully, it will soon be reopened so it can host great pieces from famous artists – as it has always done.
The Berlin State Opera is located in the district of Mitte, which is the central district of Berlin (actually, Mitte means centre in German), and in the neighbourhood of Friedrichstadt. This neighbourhood used to be independent of the city of Berlin, and now is an integrated part of two of the main boroughs of the city, Mitte and Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg. The neighbourhood of Friedrichstadt has around 12.000 inhabitants, mostly young professionals and families. But the locals won’t be your only neighbours: This is one of the areas that congregates the most tourist accommodations, since it is very close to the city centre.
The Berlin State Opera is right in the city centre, which means that you will have plenty of transportation options nearby, as well as many other tourist attractions if you prefer to walk: Don’t forget that the Museum Island is right next to the Berlin State Opera, and that you will have culture for days just in that area!
But if you need to travel to other places of the city, you can take advantage of the great metro (U-Bahn) and train (S-Bahn) networks of Berlin. If you need to take the train, you will be able to choose from several train stations around – actually, the apartments near the Berlin State Opera are some of the ones that have the most train stations nearby! You can go to Brandenburger Tor, to Banhof Berlin Friedrichstrasse or to Berlin Hackescher Markt, which is right after crossing the Museum Island. However, you may prefer the metro. If that’s your case, you can access line U6 at U Französische Strasse and line 2 at station U-Bhf Hausvogteiplatz, which is very close to the majestic Gendarmenmarkt.
Since the Berlin State Opera Building is now being restored, if you do want to see a live opera, you will have to go to the Schiller Theatre, which is located at the western part of the city, past the Tiergarten (U-Bahn station Ernst-Reuter-Platz). However, there are plenty of things to see in the area! You will be right in the city centre
, and, of course, at walking distance from main tourist attractions such as the Brandenburg Gate
, the boulevard Unter den Linden or the Museum Island
, where you will be able to visit 5 of the most important museums of the capital of Germany as well as the beautiful Berlin Cathedral
. But what about visiting also other places not so crowded by tourists? The apartments near the Berlin State Opera are perfect as a starting point of an alternative tour. You can visit Bebelplatz, the beautiful wide plaza where the Berlin State Opera is located and one that has been key in history (it was the scenario of the Nazi book burning and other historical events) and where you will find the beautiful St. Hedwig's Cathedral, a neoclassical cathedral from the 18th century that is also crowned with a green dome. A bit further south you will find the beautiful French Cathedral and the Neue Kirche, both located in the Gendarmenmarkt, which is considered to be one of the most beautiful plazas in Europe.
If trying different cuisines is one of your main motivations for travelling, you will make a good decision by staying in the apartments near the Berlin State Opera, since there are many wonderful choices – and very different from one another! If you want to try delicious German and Central European cuisine, you may want to head down to the Gendarmenmarkt, a wide plaza flanked by two beautiful churches… which has two great restaurants nearby! We’re referring to Augustiner am Gendarmenmarkt and Gerdanmerie, where you can go for lunch or dinner. You can take your palate further east if you go to Budapest Calling, a great restaurant specialised in Eastern European and Hungarian cuisine located north of Unter den Linden. Finally, if you’re vegetarian or have had enough meat for the day, you can try Cum Laude, which is known for being the preferred restaurant of University professors – it is right in front of the Humboldt University.
Berlin offers one of the most entertaining and fun atmospheres in Europe during the night. If you were planning on catching a performance at the Berlin State Opera, remember that the official building is now closed to the public, so you will have to go to the Schiller Theatre (U-Bahn station Ernst-Reuter-Platz). However, there is plenty to do in the area if you don’t want to go that far – you are in the city centre!
Why not start with some dinner? You can do so at Treffpunkt Berlin, a German restaurant-pub where you will be able to enjoy a yummy meal and stay for a drink afterwards. After that, you can keep up the party at the underground bar-pub Trust (past the Museum Island) or go dance as you enjoy the night views of Berlin at Alexanderplatz’s Weekend, which has dance floors on the 12th and the 15th floors as well as the rooftop in the summer months.