Berlin

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Museum Island showing street scenes and a city

Berlin was onceprimarily known for the wall that divided the city, but today it’s a unitedcity, renowned for its museums and festivals. Made up of twelve distinctdistricts, each with its own identity, its setup makes Berlineasy to navigate and explore. If you like history, hit the central Mittedistrict where you’ll find Berlin's finestmuseums, including the Pergamon Museum and Bode Museum. Then, of course, thereMuseum Island, a whole island dedicated to cultural treasure troves. A shortwalk to the east and you’ll find the DDR Museum, where you learn more aboutlife under the East German regime.

Besides the Tiergarten district of Mitte you'llfind 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. TheMonument to the Berlin Wall is just a short walkfrom here, just to the north. Explore the park and you'll find parts of thewall still preserved.

Political changes, innovation and inventivenesshave contributed to rebuilt the Berlin of today; acity where, despite the damage of the past, you can still admire examples greatarchitecture. Walk through the baroque Charlottenburg Palace or visit theBerliner Cathedral, a grand and beautiful building of sandstone. The Reichstag,the German parliament building, is perhaps the pinnacle of different styles; onthe original classic structure is now an ultra-modern glass dome with 360 degreeviews of Berlin. Take a look at the neoclassicalstyle of the BrandenburgGate, known today as a symbol of peace and unity.

Besides the extensive art and culture, Berlinhas 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 toCentral Park in New York. The famous Berlin Zoo was opened on the grounds ofthe Tiergarten in 1844 and is home to hundreds of animals, including giantpandas and polar bears.

In addition, there’re a number of public squares worthvisiting, like Alexanderplatz and Potsdamer Platz. Potsdamer Platz was thelocation of the first traffic lights in Europe, but was utterly destroyedduring World War II. After this, during the partition, the square became a kindof limbo. Since then, it has recently undergone a major refurbishment, whichhas made it one of the most impressive public spaces in Europe. Here foodiescan 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 ofBrandenburg 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, youcan take the train to Frankfurt, which is just a short train ride on.

Where to stay in Berlin

Hotel Berlin, Berlin
Hotel Berlin, Berlin
4.5 out of 5
Lützowplatz 17, Berlin, BE, 10785
The price is €101 per night from 12 Jun to 13 Jun
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Berlin. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and a fitness centre. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in their ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,879 reviews)
"Excellent location close to many sites, food and transit. Sauna is a plus."

Reviewed on 12 May 2022

Hotel Berlin, Berlin
Park Inn by Radisson Berlin Alexanderplatz
Park Inn by Radisson Berlin Alexanderplatz
4.5 out of 5
Alexanderplatz 7, Berlin, BE, 10178
The price is €107 per night from 12 Jun to 13 Jun
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Berlin. Enjoy free WiFi, 3 restaurants and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (1,237 reviews)
"Good hotel in a great location with access to all transport and tour buses. Great view over Berlin from our junior suite, large room and good facilities. Nice to have use of the gym on site and rooftop was worth a visit for night views of the tv tower and city"

Reviewed on 25 Apr 2022

Park Inn by Radisson Berlin Alexanderplatz
Steigenberger Hotel Am Kanzleramt
Steigenberger Hotel Am Kanzleramt
4.5 out of 5
Ella-Trebe-Straße 5, Berlin, BE, 10557
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The price is €122 per night from 29 May to 30 May
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Berlin. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,028 reviews)
"Great location meant an easy walk into the city past the Reichstag and we could come back on a the S Bahn as it's only 1 minute walk from the main central station (Hauptbahnhof). Really helpful staff friendly, great recommendation for a local restaurant, good breakfast (€7 extra for us). Could do ..."

Reviewed on 29 Apr 2022

Steigenberger Hotel Am Kanzleramt
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Mondrian Suites Berlin Checkpoint Charlie
Mondrian Suites Berlin Checkpoint Charlie
4.5 out of 5
Markgrafenstrasse 16 - 16a, Berlin, BE, 10969
The price is €94 per night from 29 May to 30 May
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury aparthotel in Berlin. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,404 reviews)
"Good for long stays"

Reviewed on 15 May 2022

Mondrian Suites Berlin Checkpoint Charlie
Motel Plus Schönefeld
Motel Plus Schönefeld
3 out of 5
Rudower Chaussee 2, Hans-Grade-Allee 18, Schoenefeld, 12529
Stay at this 3-star apartment in Schoenefeld. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a flat-screen TV. Our guests praise the overall value in their reviews. Popular ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (49 reviews)
"Love the room size and the groceries store downstairs was a plus! We’ll be back!"

Reviewed on 15 May 2022

Motel Plus Schönefeld
Citadines Kurfürstendamm Berlin
Citadines Kurfürstendamm Berlin
3.5 out of 5
Olivaer Platz 1, Berlin, BE, 10707
The price is €94 per night from 29 May to 30 May
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly aparthotel in Berlin. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and a fitness centre. Our guests praise the quiet rooms and the overall ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,061 reviews)
"Good location, only 5 mins walk from the nearest U-bahn. Plenty of places to eat nearby, some with late night openings and convenience stores open until 1 also. Nice, clean hotel, rooms are well equipped apart from no tea and coffee in the rooms (although it is available for patrons in reception ..."

Reviewed on 13 Apr 2022

Citadines Kurfürstendamm Berlin
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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