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Visit Berlin

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

Mitte featuring a city and modern architecture

Mitte

4.5/5Wonderful!(1,666 area reviews)

Berlin’s central district is a convergence of quaint residential streets, sprawling Soviet squares and some of Europe’s most revered museums.

Mitte
Kreuzberg showing outdoor art as well as an individual female

Kreuzberg

4/5Very Good!(161 area reviews)

One of Berlin’s coolest neighborhoods has a long history of youthful indulgence, a diverse ethnic population and some of the city’s best entertainment precincts.

Kreuzberg
Prenzlauer Berg which includes a city

Prenzlauer Berg

Romantic cobbled streets, lazy weekend breakfasts and a lively flea market have made this district a favorite among families and young couples.

Prenzlauer Berg
Wedding, Berlin, Germany
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Wedding

When on holiday in Wedding in the northern part of Berlin city centre visitors are surprised by the huge variety of sights, green oases and tranquil corners.

Wedding
Friedrichshain which includes outdoor art

Friedrichshain

4/5Very Good!(148 area reviews)

Straddling the eastern side of the River Spree, this former industrial precinct is today the home of some of Berlin’s most progressive nightclubs.

Friedrichshain
Charlottenburg showing street scenes and outdoor eating as well as a small group of people

Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf

4.5/5Wonderful!(412 area reviews)

The glamorous heart of former West Berlin remains one of Berlin’s most coveted neighborhoods and the city’s premier retail destination.

Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf

Top hotels in Berlin

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel Berlin, Berlin
Hotel Berlin, Berlin
4.5 out of 5
Lützowplatz 17, Berlin, BE
£63
per night
Dec 16 - Dec 17

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! (7,820 reviews)

"Comfortable, clean and great location! Very service oriented and saunas with gym too."…"

Reviewed on 14 Dec 2019

Hotel Berlin, Berlin
MEININGER Hotel Berlin Tiergarten
MEININGER Hotel Berlin Tiergarten
3.5 out of 5
Turmstrasse 25-26, Berlin
£32
per night
Jan 5 - Jan 6

This family-friendly Berlin hotel is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Tiergarten Park, Victory Column and Bellevue Palace. Reichstag Building ...

4.3/5Excellent! (653 reviews)

"Easily access"…"

Reviewed on 10 Dec 2019

MEININGER Hotel Berlin Tiergarten
IntercityHotel Berlin Hauptbahnhof
IntercityHotel Berlin Hauptbahnhof
Katharina Paulus Strasse 5, Berlin, BE
£61
per night
Dec 22 - Dec 23

Located in Mitte, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of German Chancellery and Reichstag Building. Brandenburg Gate and Friedrichstrasse are also within 1 ...

4.4/5Excellent! (3,301 reviews)

"It's proximity to the main railway station, making travel around the city so easy, plus the travel pass which was excellent."…"

Reviewed on 6 Dec 2019

IntercityHotel Berlin Hauptbahnhof

Popular things to do in Berlin

Alexanderplatz
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Alexanderplatz

4/5(968 reviews)

With its stark, 1960s layout, “Alex” is a showcase of Communist-era architecture and a lively central meeting place for locals.

Brandenburg Gate
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Brandenburg Gate

4.5/5(1,033 reviews)

This symbol of German unification ranks alongside Paris' Arc de Triomphe as one of Europe’s most iconic and emotive monuments.

Reichstag Building
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Reichstag Building

4.5/5(766 reviews)

Torched by Hitler, bombed by Britain and stormed by the Russians, the seat of German power has risen again as a symbol of a united and progressive Germany.

Checkpoint Charlie Museum
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Checkpoint Charlie Museum

4/5(411 reviews)

Once a point of tension and dramatic escape attempts, this Cold War relic is now one of Berlin's biggest tourist attractions.

Potsdamer Platz
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Potsdamer Platz

4/5(808 reviews)

Berliners come to celebrate their city in this public square, which was leveled during World War II and isolated in the Cold War.

Berlin TV Tower
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Berlin TV Tower

4.5/5(597 reviews)

Take in breathtaking views of Berlin and enjoy a meal in a revolving restaurant inside the sphere of this iconic tower, the tallest structure in Germany.

Top activities in Berlin

Berlin WelcomeCard
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Berlin WelcomeCard

£17

The Berlin WelcomeCard, available as 48-hours, 72-hours, 4-day, 5-day, or 6-day option, offers a great, cost-effective means to explore the city in-depth. Travel on public transport in fare zones Berlin AB or Berlin ABC for free and receive exclusive discounts of up to 50 percent with over 200 participating partners.

Sachsenhausen Memorial Full-Day Tour
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Sachsenhausen Memorial Full-Day Tour

£15

Embark on a poignant tour of one of the first Nazi concentration camps. Originally built to house political prisoners, its usage evolved through the Holocaust and then post-WWII. Observe how the camp today marks the devastating crimes that took place and how it pays tribute to its victims.

Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Memorial Full-Day Tour
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Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Memorial Full-Day Tour

£15

Central to the network of inhumane concentration camps, Sachsenhausen was also an SS training facility. Learn of its atrocities and gain historical perspective on its Nazi and Soviet use. This full-day tour offers poignant insight into one of the 20th century’s most profound brutalities.

Guided Berlin City Bike Tour
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Guided Berlin City Bike Tour

£43

Discover the history of Berlin while pedaling past distinctive historic monuments and important cultural sites. Follow your local guide as you cover much more ground than you could on foot. Learn more about the region's turbulent past and how it's effected the contemporary city you see today.

Sachsenhausen Memorial Tour from Berlin
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Sachsenhausen Memorial Tour from Berlin

£15

Head out of Berlin to explore the tragic side of the city's history at the Sachsenhausen Memorial, a former Nazi concentration camp. Learn about the lives of prisoners who were abused, see the training grounds of SS guards, and pay tribute to those lost during World War II.

Paintball Spielen
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Paintball Spielen

£22

• Schiedsrichterservice und Betreung ( Jedes Spielfeld wird durch 2 Schiedsrichter betreut ) • Europas größtes Paintball Spielfeld mit 20 Spielfelder ( frei wählbar und wechselbar ) • In der Ausrüstung ist ein Anzug inklusive • kostenloses Mittage

Reviews of Berlin

4.6

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Dec 14, 2019

Great place for Christmas markets but wouldn’t recommend hop on hop off busses. Use public transport - excellent

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 14, 2019

Excellent city, very friendly people, and very clean. Loved the Christmas markets and the public transportation is fantastic.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 14, 2019

several christmas markets on during our visit which gave a nice festive feel to the city , which looked super at night with all the christmas lights in the evening. easy to explore by foot/underground/tourist buses

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 14, 2019

Definitely buy the Berlin Welcome Card prior to travelling, & collect it at the airport. The flexibility it gave us of jumping on & off the S-bahn, U-bahn and buses right from the airport, as well as discounted entry to attractions was a no-brainer!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 14, 2019

Brilliant place to visit with easy access to everything

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Dec 14, 2019

Very interesting city

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