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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

Top hotels in Berlin

Hotel Berlin, Berlin
Hotel Berlin, Berlin
4.5 out of 5
Lützowplatz 17, Berlin, BE
The price is £67 per night from 29 Dec to 30 Dec

Located in Mitte, this luxury hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Potsdamer Platz, Brandenburg Gate and Reichstag Building. Checkpoint Charlie Museum and Galeries ...

4.2/5Very Good! (2,893 reviews)

"I had a lovely stay here. Good location and modern hotel. Thought the hotel would be very touristic however all the rooms are so creatively decorated and very comfortable. Thank you for making the best out of managing covid 19 so professionally as well as providing comfort !"…"

Reviewed on 26 Aug 2020

Hotel Berlin, Berlin
Steigenberger Hotel Am Kanzleramt
Steigenberger Hotel Am Kanzleramt
4.5 out of 5
Ella-Trebe-Straße 5, Berlin, BE
The price is £97 per night from 1 Jan to 2 Jan

Located in Mitte, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of German Chancellery and Reichstag Building. Brandenburg Gate and Friedrichstrasse are also within ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,659 reviews)

"Had a fantastic stay at the Steigenberger am Kanzleramt. Location is super convenient if you arrive at Berlin Central station. Check in was very fast. An Expedia Gold room upgrade was given without having to ask for it. The room was great. Spacious, stylish and looked brand new. The view was also ..."…"

Reviewed on 30 Aug 2020

Steigenberger Hotel Am Kanzleramt
TITANIC Comfort Berlin Mitte
TITANIC Comfort Berlin Mitte
3.5 out of 5
Elisabeth-Mara-Strasse 4, Berlin
The price is £49 per night from 11 Dec to 12 Dec

Located in Mitte, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Gendarmenmarkt, Nikolaikirche and Checkpoint Charlie. Museum Island (Museumsinsel) and Berlin TV Tower ...

4.2/5Very Good! (1,039 reviews)

"Brilliant Hotel, friendly staff great breakfast helpful nothing too much trouble"…"

Reviewed on 20 Oct 2020

TITANIC Comfort Berlin Mitte
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.

Top Holiday Rentals in Berlin

The Mandala Suites Berlin
The Mandala Suites Berlin
4 out of 5
Friedrichstr.185-190, Berlin, BE
The price is £152 per night from 3 Dec to 4 Dec

Located in Mitte, this boutique aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Friedrichstrasse, Gendarmenmarkt, and Konzerthaus Berlin. Checkpoint Charlie and Checkpoint ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (819 reviews)
A great business stay

"Very comfortable, clean and amazingly quiet, considering its location bang in the center of Berlin. Staff are very polite and overall I would definitely return.(if they had an iron and ironing board in the room)"…"

Reviewed on 13 Feb 2020

The Mandala Suites Berlin
Aeronaut powered by Pearl 1 Living and Yachting Hospitality
Aeronaut powered by Pearl 1 Living and Yachting Hospitality
4 out of 5
Hermannstraße 227, Berlin
The price is £74 per night from 14 Dec to 15 Dec

Located in Neukoelln, this apartment building is within 2 miles (3 km) of Huxley's Neue Welt, Columbiahalle and Oberbaum Bridge. East Side Gallery and Mercedes-Benz ...

5/5Exceptional! (1 review)

"Der Service war sehr gut, die Angestellten sehr höflich und das Zimmer sehr sauber, helle und modern mit Wohlfühlfaktor und hohem Komfort. Alles so wie man es sich wünscht. Uns hat die Unterkunft sehr gut gefallen und wir werden auf jeden Fall unseren nächsten Berlin Aufenthalt wieder in diesem Hotel ..."…"

Reviewed on 26 Oct 2020

Aeronaut powered by Pearl 1 Living and Yachting Hospitality
Mondrian Suites Berlin Checkpoint Charlie
Mondrian Suites Berlin Checkpoint Charlie
4.5 out of 5
Markgrafenstrasse 16 - 16a, Berlin, BE

This family-friendly Berlin aparthotel is located in the business district, within a 10-minute walk of Jewish Museum Berlin and Checkpoint Charlie. Gendarmenmarkt ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,174 reviews)

"Top notch stay. Hotel staff were great, helpful and professional. Thank you"…"

Reviewed on 14 Mar 2020

Mondrian Suites Berlin Checkpoint Charlie
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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Reviews of Berlin

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Top Destination

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Verified traveller

27 Mar 2020

Been to Berlin before, many times. Excellent city with wonderful sites and engrossing history.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

16 Mar 2020

The transport links are great. Easy to get around. Great choice of Bars and Restaurants. Lots of history and culture.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

14 Mar 2020

Wonderful city with lots to see and do. Transportation super easy which means none of the city is off limits.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

12 Mar 2020

Excellent city with nice people and intetesting urban experience. Pleasant walkable areas and curious places to discover. I love this city.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

11 Mar 2020

Brilliant place to visit

5/5 - Excellent

LoftusAl

10 Mar 2020

Museum Island is a must - as are the nightclubs ... but make sure you stay somewhere central if you visit the clubs.

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