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Charlottenburg-WilmersdorfBerlin

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

Once its own autonomous city, Charlottenburg has been a central and defining district of Greater Berlin since 1920. During the Cold War era, Charlottenburg became the center of West Berlin and it has remained a prominent business, cultural and retail district in the years following reunification. Spend a day exploring the upscale boutiques lining Berlin’s most notable promenade, Kurfürstendamm. Visit the many museums and galleries that have helped make Charlottenburg such a popular destination.

To begin your exploration of Charlottenburg, take the train to Bahnhof Zoo, not an animal zoo, but one of Berlin’s major transportation hubs. Many of the city’s aboveground and underground rail systems traverse Charlottenburg, along with Berlin’s network of double-decker buses, which provide great views of the region.

Visit Schloss Charlottenburg (Charlottenburg Palace) to admire its baroque and rococo architecture and stroll around its landscaped gardens. Constructed in the 17th century, it remains the largest palace in Berlin and a major neighborhood attraction. Venture across the road to find two of the city’s most important collections of art. Visit the Berggruen Museum for works of modern art by Picasso, Klee and Matisse and stop at the Bröhan Museum to see breathtaking examples of art nouveau and art deco works.

Allow time to tour C/O Berlin, the city’s premier photography museum. The gallery is housed in the former American House, a building rich with its own history. Walk a few minutes north to see the works of one of Germany’s most famous fashion photographers at the Helmut Newton Foundation.

Bring children to the historic Berlin Zoo, which is located in the sprawling Tiergarten park. Enter through the Lion Gate or Elephant Gate and discover more than 18,000 animals and educational displays.

Charlottenburg is a culinary destination as much as it is a cultural one. Enjoy traditional German cuisine or stop at Berlin’s unofficial Chinatown on Kantstraße to sample Taiwanese noodles and fried duck. Find kneipen (traditional bars) in the area, where you can relax after a day on your feet. Visit neighboring Wilmersdorf within the Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf borough.

Top hotels in Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel Panorama Am Adenauerplatz
Hotel Panorama Am Adenauerplatz
Lewishamstraße 1, Berlin
The price is €35 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 (1,122 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
Hotel Bristol Berlin
Hotel Bristol Berlin
5 out of 5
Kurfuerstendamm 27, Berlin, BE
The price is €82 per night

This family-friendly Berlin hotel is located near the airport, within a 5-minute walk of Kurfürstendamm and Theatre of the West. Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church ...

4.2/5Excellent! (2,165 reviews)

"Good location. Is near U Hahn and convenience. The room are clean and big"…"

Reviewed on 31 Jan 2020

Hotel Bristol Berlin
Hotel OTTO
Hotel OTTO
4 out of 5
Knesebeckstrasse 10, Berlin, BE
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is €101 per night

Located in Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kurfürstendamm and Theatre of the West. Berlin Zoological Garden and Kaiser Wilhelm ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,225 reviews)

"Humorous lift was a lovely touch! Good, spacious, comfortable room. Wonderful breakfast. Only downside was that we could hear people using the stairs occasionally."…"

Reviewed on 11 Feb 2020

Hotel OTTO
Waldorf Astoria Berlin
Waldorf Astoria Berlin
5 out of 5
Hardenbergstr. 28, Berlin, BE
The price is €230 per night

This family-friendly Berlin hotel is located near the airport, within 3 mi (5 km) of Berlin Zoological Garden, Potsdamer Platz and Brandenburg Gate. Reichstag ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (811 reviews)

"Beautiful hotel in great location, directly across from the zoo train station. Will be back. Enjoyed the hotel bar but did not try the restaurant on this trip (the breakfast is pricey but there are many other options nearby)."…"

Reviewed on 22 Feb 2020

Waldorf Astoria Berlin
SMARTments business Berlin City-West
SMARTments business Berlin City-West
3.5 out of 5
Fasanenstraße 2, Berlin

Located in Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Theatre of the West and Kurfürstendamm. Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (4 reviews)

"Good value for the money, good kitchen, would have liked reading light by the bed."…"

Reviewed on 7 Mar 2017

SMARTments business Berlin City-West
Hampton by Hilton Berlin City West
Hampton by Hilton Berlin City West
3.5 out of 5
Uhlandstr. 188-189, Berlin, BE
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is €80 per night

Located in Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church and Berlin Zoological Garden. Potsdamer Platz ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (4,614 reviews)

"The place was very beautiful, the staff was incredibly helpful with our check-in and check-out, and breakfast was amazing... there were so many options!!!"…"

Reviewed on 19 Mar 2020

Hampton by Hilton Berlin City West

Popular places to visit in Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf

Kurfürstendamm
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Kurfürstendamm

4.5/5(310 reviews)

Often described as “Berlin’s Champs-Élysées,” this elegant promenade is the city’s premier shopping strip and is punctuated with a moving war memorial.

Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church
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Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church

4.5/5(215 reviews)

The ruins of a Protestant church stand next to a modern place of worship, creating a scene that captures the destruction, and the regrowth, that comes from war.

Schloss Charlottenburg
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Schloss Charlottenburg

4.5/5(148 reviews)

Feel like royalty for a day in one of Europe’s grandest palaces, which was almost 200 years in the making.

Top things to do in Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf

Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

76% of travellers recommend
€21
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
€10
Per adult
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
€21
Per adult
City Center Sightseeing Cruise
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City Center Sightseeing Cruise

€23
Per adult
Berlin Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour with live guide
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Berlin Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour with live guide

76% of travellers recommend
€30
Per adult
Red Sightseeing Berlin Hop-On Hop-Off Bus with Boat Option
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Red Sightseeing Berlin Hop-On Hop-Off Bus with Boat Option

€22
Per adult

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Wilmersdorf featuring street scenes

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4.5/5Wonderful!(174 area reviews)

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Wilmersdorf
Tiergarten which includes heritage elements and heritage architecture

Tiergarten

4/5Very Good!(3 area reviews)

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4.5/5Wonderful!(141 area reviews)

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Mitte which includes modern architecture and a city

Mitte

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Mitte
Kreuzberg showing outdoor art as well as an individual female

Kreuzberg

4/5Very Good!(182 area reviews)

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Kreuzberg
Prenzlauer Berg showing a city

Prenzlauer Berg

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Prenzlauer Berg