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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.

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Where to stay in Berlin

Mitte which includes modern architecture and a city

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 Reichstag Building and Brandenburg Gate, and jump on the metro at Schwartzkopffstrasse U-Bahn or Reinickendorfer Street U-Bahn to see more of the city.

Mitte
Kreuzberg showing outdoor art as well as an individual female

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 Museum and Checkpoint Charlie, and jump on the metro at Prinzenstrasse U-Bahn or Moritzplatz U-Bahn to see more of the city.

Kreuzberg
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
Prenzlauer Berg showing 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
Schoeneberg showing a city

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
Charlottenburg which includes 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

Top hotels in Berlin

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Select Hotel Berlin Gendarmenmarkt
Select Hotel Berlin Gendarmenmarkt
4 out of 5
Charlottenstrasse 66, Berlin, BE
The price is €57 per night

Located in Mitte, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Friedrichstrasse, Gendarmenmarkt and Konzerthaus Berlin. Checkpoint Charlie and Checkpoint Charlie ...

4.2/5Very Good! (1,801 reviews)

"Nice room, kind staff, the location is great (in the middle of the centre of Berlin). Breakfast was not very well organised. There is no cantine to choose what you want. You have to order by the bar and you can take it with you in a bag. However, you can choose to get breakfast by the l supermarket ..."…"

Reviewed on 3 Jul 2020

Select Hotel Berlin Gendarmenmarkt
Select Hotel Berlin The Wall
Select Hotel Berlin The Wall
4 out of 5
Zimmerstrasse 88, Berlin, BE
The price is €52 per night

Located in Mitte, this hotel is steps away from Checkpoint Charlie, Friedrichstrasse and Checkpoint Charlie Museum. Gendarmenmarkt and Potsdamer Platz are also ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (1,645 reviews)
Great place to stay in Berlin

"Great place, clean and good location. I will definitely recommend this place."…"

Reviewed on 24 Mar 2020

Select Hotel Berlin The Wall
MEININGER Hotel Berlin Tiergarten
MEININGER Hotel Berlin Tiergarten
3.5 out of 5
Turmstrasse 25-26, Berlin
The price is €41 per night

This family-friendly Berlin hotel is located near the airport, within 2 mi (3 km) of Bellevue Palace, Reichstag Building and Berlin Zoological Garden. Victory ...

4.3/5Excellent! (911 reviews)

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

Reviewed on 17 Mar 2020

MEININGER Hotel Berlin Tiergarten

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.

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.

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 Zoological Garden
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Berlin Zoological Garden

4.5/5(292 reviews)

Say “guten tag” to some of the world’s most exotic creatures in one of Europe’s most comprehensive and elegant zoos.

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.

Top things to do in Berlin

Berlin WelcomeCard
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Berlin WelcomeCard

€23
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Berlin Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Berlin Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

€27
Per adult
74% of travellers recommend
City Center Half-Day Walking Tour
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City Center Half-Day Walking Tour

€20
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Historic City Center Cruise
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Historic City Center Cruise

€19
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Skip-the-Line & Dine at Hard Rock Cafe Berlin
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Skip-the-Line & Dine at Hard Rock Cafe Berlin

€21
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Private Round Transfer to Potsdam Sanssouci Park from Berlin Center
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Private Round Transfer to Potsdam Sanssouci Park from Berlin Center

€100
Per adult

Reviews of Berlin

4.6

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good
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3 - Okay
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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.

Berlin featuring modern architecture, a high-rise building and a city

Berlin

Sanssouci Park featuring heritage architecture and heritage elements

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