Berlin

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Museum Island showing a city and street scenes

A city once known more for its division than its fascinating history and architecture, Berlin is now unshakably unified and a highly modern, cosmopolitan city that offers a fantastic opportunity to experience a uniquely German way of life through the city’s many museums, public squares and festivals.

The German capital and home to around 3.5m people, the city of Berlin is divided into 12 boroughs each with their own distinctive flavour and character. Traversable easily by the city’s characteristically efficient light rail system, many visitors to head directly to the Museum Island in the Mitte district – itself a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Museum Island is home to five internationally significant institutions - including the Pergamon Museum (historical buildings) and Bode Museum (Antique and Byzantine Sculpture), as well as the famous Altes Museum, Neues Museum and Alte Nationalgalerie – making it one of the finest cultural sites in Europe.

To learn more about Berlin under East Germany rule, the DDR museum is located conveniently close to Museum Island, whilst a short walk north will take you to the Berlin Wall Memorial which features manicured parklands and a section of the wall itself left standing as a reminder of the city’s division.

As one of Europe’s great cities, and also one of great political change, Berlin is recognised as one of the world’s most significant sites for architecture. Reflecting the city’s past, the architecture of Berlin contains fine examples of many of the world’s most celebrated architectural styles.

From the Berliner Dome with its elegant blend of renaissance, gothic and neoclassical styles to the straight baroque of the magnificent Schloss Charlottenburg Palace, it’s no surprise that architecture students from all over the world visit the city. Perhaps most emblematic of all is, of course, The Reichstag. A perfect example of new Berlin meeting old Berlin – the classic stone building now topped with a deliciously modern glass dome offering spectacular views across the city.

Berlin is not all about museums and architecture however, it is also a city to relax in and enjoy the German way of life. Why not take a stroll amongst the manicured lawns and tree-lined paths of the enormous Tiergarten? Home to the world renowned Berlin Zoo, the Tiergarten also contains a sombre memorial to the victims of the Holocaust – a moving tribute worthy of a moment of anyone’s time.

If there’s one thing Germans love, it’s eating and drinking – which is why the true German experience can be found in public squares such as Alexander Platz or Potsdamer Platz. Packed with bars and small eateries, each square is the perfect place to grab a stein of German lager, a currywurst and watch the people of Berlin go about their daily business.

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Where to stay in Berlin

Hotel Riu Plaza Berlin
Hotel Riu Plaza Berlin
4 out of 5
Martin Luther Strasse 1, Berlin, Berlin
The price is £65 per night from 2 Dec to 2 Dec
Located in Schoeneberg, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Department Store of the West, Berlin Zoological Garden and Europa Center. Wittenbergplatz ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (933 reviews)
"Awesome hotel, great room, everything looks modern and service is pretty good. Employees are helpful and friendly"

Reviewed on 29 Nov 2021

Hotel Riu Plaza Berlin
Hotel ROMY by AMANO
Hotel ROMY by AMANO
3 out of 5
Invalidenstraße 53, Berlin, Berlin
The price is £72 per night from 12 Dec to 12 Dec
Located in Mitte, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Humboldt Museum of Natural History and Charite. Brandenburg Gate and Friedrichstrasse are also within ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (42 reviews)
"Great location, lovely room, modern bathroom with a fantastic shower. Staff very friendly and helpful. Sadly the bar was closed during our stay and there was no kettle in the room, otherwise it would have been 10/10!"

Reviewed on 4 Nov 2021

Hotel ROMY by AMANO
IntercityHotel Berlin Hauptbahnhof
IntercityHotel Berlin Hauptbahnhof
Katharina Paulus Strasse 5, Berlin, BE
The price is £66 per night from 19 Dec to 19 Dec
Located in Mitte, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of German Chancellery, Brandenburg Gate and Charite. Friedrichstrasse and Berliner Philharmonie are also ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,199 reviews)
"The hotel is clean and bright. Very near to the Berlin main train station about 5-10 min walk. Asked for hot water but had to get it from the restaurant at level 1. Staff is friendly and helpful, served me 3 cups of hot water on a tray so it will be easier for me to bring up the room."

Reviewed on 27 Nov 2021

IntercityHotel Berlin Hauptbahnhof
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Mondrian Suites Berlin Checkpoint Charlie
Mondrian Suites Berlin Checkpoint Charlie
4.5 out of 5
Markgrafenstrasse 16 - 16a, Berlin, BE
The price is £69 per night from 12 Dec to 12 Dec
This family-friendly Berlin aparthotel is located in the business district, within a 10-minute walk of Jewish Museum Berlin and Checkpoint Charlie. Gendarmenmarkt ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,269 reviews)
"I loved the size of the apartment and the location. We were a short walk from the train and Checkpoint Charlie."

Reviewed on 5 Oct 2021

Mondrian Suites Berlin Checkpoint Charlie
TOWNHOUSE Berlin
TOWNHOUSE Berlin
3 out of 5
Goethestr. 87, Berlin, BE
The price is £107 per night from 12 Dec to 12 Dec
Located in Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf, this boutique aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of C/O Berlin and Kurfürstendamm. Berlin Zoological Garden and Europa ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (419 reviews)
"Staff were so friendly and helpful. Including the Aussie red Shepard dog who made my day by being the cutest and letting me say hello (she knew she was the cutest!)."

Reviewed on 30 Sep 2021

TOWNHOUSE Berlin
Downtown Apartments Berlin
Downtown Apartments Berlin
4 out of 5
Invalidenstraße 129, Berlin, BE
Located in Mitte, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Torstrasse, Friedrichstrasse and Berlin Wall Memorial. Charite and DDR Museum are also ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (156 reviews)
Awesome accommodations
"Best apartment rental by far"

Reviewed on 29 Feb 2020

Downtown Apartments Berlin
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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