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.

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Top hotels in Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Novum Style Hotel Berlin-Centrum
3.5 out of 5
Franklinstrasse 23, Berlin
NZ$96/night
28 Jul. - 29 Jul.
4.1/5Very Good! (2,039 reviews)

"Clean rooms with ample pillows - no access to English speaking tv channels apart from sky news"…"

Reviewed on 19 Jul. 2019

Novum Style Hotel Berlin-Centrum
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Steigenberger Hotel Berlin
5 out of 5
Los-Angeles-Platz 1, Berlin
NZ$136/night
28 Jul. - 29 Jul.
4.3/5Excellent! (3,707 reviews)

"We were very pleased with staying at hotel. Most recommended"…"

Reviewed on 16 Jul. 2019

Steigenberger Hotel Berlin
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Hotel Bristol Berlin
5 out of 5
Kurfuerstendamm 27, Berlin
NZ$148/night
11 Aug. - 12 Aug.
4.3/5Excellent! (2,009 reviews)

"clean, well organized, friendly......additionally, accommodating as was forced to stay 2 extra days because of my airline and they extended my stay at the expedia rate."…"

Reviewed on 17 Jul. 2019

Hotel Bristol Berlin
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Hollywood Media Hotel
4 out of 5
Kurfürstendamm 202, Berlin
NZ$172/night
11 Aug. - 12 Aug.
4.4/5Wonderful! (1,322 reviews)

"Good location, clean,friendly staff and very good breakfast. Lots of eating places and cafes. Easy access to sight seeing."…"

Reviewed on 21 Jul. 2019

Hollywood Media Hotel
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Novum Hotel Lichtburg Berlin am Kurfürstendamm
3 out of 5
Paderborner Straße 10, Berlin
NZ$90/night
28 Jul. - 29 Jul.
3.6/5Good! (1,081 reviews)

"Great location but constantly noisy building day and night - I’m a night owl but other guest and in the day the staff were slamming doors and things constantly. It’s the building not the people, perhaps it’s all big buildings in Berlin, but the wall art is tragic and the forth floorlift door was ..."…"

Reviewed on 20 Jul. 2019

Novum Hotel Lichtburg Berlin am Kurfürstendamm
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Hotel Panorama Am Adenauerplatz
Lewishamstraße 1, Berlin
NZ$68/night
28 Jul. - 29 Jul.
3/5 (918 reviews)
Great Hotel

"Have stayed a few times now and cannot fault this hotel, always manage to give me the same room!"…"

Reviewed on 21 Dec. 2018

Hotel Panorama Am Adenauerplatz

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