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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

Mitte featuring a city and modern architecture

Mitte

4.5/5Wonderful!(1,916 area reviews)

Known for its fascinating museums and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in Mitte. Check out top attractions like Berlin Wall Memorial and Reichstag Building, and jump on the metro at Schwartzkopffstrasse U-Bahn or Reinickendorfer Street U-Bahn to see more of the city.

Mitte
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Kreuzberg

4/5Very Good!(182 area reviews)

Known for its ample dining options and fascinating museums, there's plenty to explore in Kreuzberg. You can visit top attractions like Checkpoint Charlie and Friedrichstrasse, and jump on the metro at Prinzenstrasse U-Bahn or Moritzplatz U-Bahn to see more of the city.

Kreuzberg
Prenzlauer Berg which includes a city

Prenzlauer Berg

Travellers choose Prenzlauer Berg for its lively bars. Hop aboard the metro at Greifswalder Straße S-Bahn or Prenzlauer Allee S-Bahn and check out top sights like Velodrom.

Prenzlauer Berg
Friedrichshain which includes outdoor art

Friedrichshain

4/5Very Good!(172 area reviews)

Known for its lively bars and interesting museums, there's plenty to explore in Friedrichshain. Top attractions like Mercedes-Benz Arena and East Side Gallery are major draws, and you can catch the metro at Frankfurter Gate U-Bahn or Warschauer Straße Station to see more of the city.

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

Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf

4.5/5Wonderful!(454 area reviews)

Gourmet restaurants a must-see zoo and top sights from Olympiastadion to Waldbuhne – discover Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf, a destination also famous for its shopping.

Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf
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Schoeneberg

4.5/5Wonderful!(141 area reviews)

Kurfürstendamm and Department Store of the West are top sights in Schoeneberg, and you should be sure to explore the popular shops. Hop aboard the metro at Schöneberg S-Bahn or Innsbrucker Platz Station to see more sights in the area.

Schoeneberg

Top hotels in Berlin

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel Panorama Am Adenauerplatz
Hotel Panorama Am Adenauerplatz
Lewishamstraße 1, Berlin
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £36 per night

Located in Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Schaubuehne, Kurfürstendamm and Deutsche Oper Berlin. Messe Berlin and Berlin Zoological ...

3/5 (1,124 reviews)

"Very near to the Berlin Charlottenburg station. There are many restaurants nearby and the shop is in front of the hotel"…"

Reviewed on 26 Feb 2020

Hotel Panorama Am Adenauerplatz
MEININGER Hotel Berlin Tiergarten
MEININGER Hotel Berlin Tiergarten
3.5 out of 5
Turmstrasse 25-26, Berlin
The price is £37 per night

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

4.3/5Excellent! (875 reviews)

"Very good for the cost of the hotel and booked at very short notice."…"

Reviewed on 17 Mar 2020

MEININGER Hotel Berlin Tiergarten
MEININGER Hotel Berlin East Side Gallery
MEININGER Hotel Berlin East Side Gallery
3 out of 5
Am Postbahnhof 4, Berlin
The price is £40 per night

Located in Friedrichshain, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Mercedes-Benz Arena and East Side Gallery. Berlin TV Tower and Friedrichstrasse are also ...

4.1/5Very Good! (659 reviews)

"Excellent location for travelling. Stone throw away from Ostbahnhof, meaning you can get anywhere in Berlin in about 20 minutes. The staff were all extremely friendly and helpful. Hotel room was always clean. Will definitely stay here again when I return."…"

Reviewed on 23 Mar 2020

MEININGER Hotel Berlin East Side Gallery

Popular places to visit in Berlin

Alexanderplatz
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Alexanderplatz

4/5(1,068 reviews)

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

Potsdamer Platz
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Potsdamer Platz

4/5(889 reviews)

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

Mercedes-Benz Arena
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Mercedes-Benz Arena

4/5(102 reviews)

Catch an event at Mercedes-Benz Arena during your trip to Berlin.Experience the entertainment choices and acclaimed theatre scene in this vibrant area.

Brandenburg Gate
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Brandenburg Gate

4.5/5(1,133 reviews)

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

Berlin TV Tower
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Berlin TV Tower

4.5/5(657 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.

Olympiastadion
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Olympiastadion

4.5/5(177 reviews)

Catch an event at Olympiastadion during your trip to Berlin.Experience the acclaimed theatre scene and fascinating museums in this vibrant area.

Top things to do in Berlin

Skip-the-Line & Dine at Hard Rock Cafe Berlin
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Skip-the-Line & Dine at Hard Rock Cafe Berlin

88% of travellers recommend
£19
Per adult
City Center Half-Day Walking Tour
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City Center Half-Day Walking Tour

94% of travellers recommend
£18
Per adult
Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

76% of travellers recommend
£19
Per adult
Hop-On Hop-Off - Best of Berlin Tour
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Hop-On Hop-Off - Best of Berlin Tour

72% of travellers recommend
£9
Per adult
Historic City Center Cruise
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Historic City Center Cruise

84% of travellers recommend
£17
Per adult
Berlin TV Tower: Skip The Line
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Berlin TV Tower: Skip The Line

100% of travellers recommend
£22
Per adult

Reviews of Berlin

4.6

Top Destination

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3 - Okay 3.9571694599627563%
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5/5 - Excellent

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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