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Berlin City Guide

Berlin was once primarily known for the wall that divided the city, but today it’s a united city, renowned for its museums and festivals. Made up of twelve distinct districts, each with its own identity, its setup makes Berlin easy to navigate and explore. If you like history, hit the central Mitte district where you’ll find Berlin's finest museums, including the Pergamon Museum and Bode Museum. Then, of course, there Museum Island, a whole island dedicated to cultural treasure troves. A short walk to the east and you’ll find the DDR Museum, where you learn more about life under the East German regime.

Besides the Tiergarten district of Mitte you'll find a memorial to a dark chapter in German history, the sombre Holocaust Monument. It is a moving tribute to the 6 million Jews murdered during World War II. The Monument to the Berlin Wall is just a short walk from here, just to the north. Explore the park and you'll find parts of the wall still preserved.

Political changes, innovation and inventiveness have contributed to rebuilt the Berlin of today; a city where, despite the damage of the past, you can still admire examples great architecture. Walk through the baroque Charlottenburg Palace or visit the Berliner Cathedral, a grand and beautiful building of sandstone. The Reichstag, the German parliament building, is perhaps the pinnacle of different styles; on the original classic structure is now an ultra-modern glass dome with 360 degree views of Berlin. Take a look at the neoclassical style of the Brandenburg Gate, known today as a symbol of peace and unity.

Besides the extensive art and culture, Berlin has some beautiful, spacious parks. Pack a picnic and head towards the Tiergarten, with tree-lined paths and neatly manicured lawns; it’s Berlin's answer to Central Park in New York. The famous Berlin Zoo was opened on the grounds of the Tiergarten in 1844 and is home to hundreds of animals, including giant pandas and polar bears.

In addition, there’re a number of public squares worth visiting, like Alexanderplatz and Potsdamer Platz. Potsdamer Platz was the location of the first traffic lights in Europe, but was utterly destroyed during World War II. After this, during the partition, the square became a kind of limbo. Since then, it has recently undergone a major refurbishment, which has made it one of the most impressive public spaces in Europe. Here foodies can indulge in local specialties such eisbein (pork knuckle) and schnitzel.

Day trips from the city centre are very popular. Take the train and in just an hour you’ll be at the historic city of Brandenburg an der Havel, where you’ll find an abundance of nice pubs, restaurants and a picturesque lake. If you all want to go for an adventure, you can take the train to Frankfurt, which is just a short train ride on.

Guide to Exploring Berlin

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Novum Hotel Aldea Berlin Zentrum

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Modern seven-story complex with cream facade, situated within 2.5 kilometers of the Kurfurstendamm and Berlin Zoo, and close to a metro station.

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Park Inn by Radisson Berlin Alexanderplatz

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Located in Berlin City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Alexanderplatz and Red Town Hall. Nikolaikirche and Museum Island are also within 1 mi (2 km).

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Hotel Berlin, Berlin

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The 701-room hotel offers access to West Berlin attractions such as Kurfürstendamm boulevard, and East Berlin sites such as Potsdamer Platz; Spree River is one block away.

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Scandic Berlin Potsdamer Platz

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Located near the airport, this family-friendly hotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from German Spy Museum Berlin.

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Steigenberger Hotel Am Kanzleramt

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This family-friendly Berlin hotel is located in the business district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Deutsches Theater, Reichstag Building, and Brandenburg Gate. Madame Tussauds and Victory Column are also within 1 mi (2 km).

IntercityHotel Berlin Hauptbahnhof

IntercityHotel Berlin Hauptbahnhof

Katharina Paulus Strasse 5, Berlin
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Located in Berlin City Centre, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Deutsches Theater, Reichstag Building, and Brandenburg Gate. Madame Tussauds and Victory Column are also within 1 mi (2 km).

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Hotel Amelie Berlin West

Kaiserdamm 29, Berlin
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Located in Charlottenburg, this pension is within 2 mi (3 km) of ICC Berlin, Schloss Charlottenburg, and Olympic Stadium. Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church and Berlin Zoological Garden are also within 3 mi (5 km).

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Novum Style Hotel Berlin-Centrum

Franklinstrasse 23, Berlin
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Located in Charlottenburg, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Technical University, Victory Column, and Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. Berlin Zoological Garden and Schloss Charlottenburg are also within 2 mi (3 km).

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