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Berlin
Travel Guide

Museum Island showing street scenes and a city

No longer defined by the wall that divided it, this is one of Europe's most interesting cities; a haven of architecture and museums and fascinating cultural history.

Berlin is made up of 12 boroughs, each with its own distinct personality. Travelling through them is easy, with an excellent light rail system that runs all day and sometimes through the night at the weekend.

The first port of call for history buffs should be the central Mitte district, where the so-called Museum Island is situated. This is home to the Pergamon Museum, Bode Museum and several other renowned cultural institutions. If more recent history is your thing, the fully interactive DDR Museum offers a snapshot of city life under the Soviets, and is also only a short walk away.

Around the city there are many constant reminders of its recent dark past. The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, a moving tribute to the victims of the Holocaust, is adjacent to the Mitte's Tiergarten, while you can find the Berlin Wall Memorial, featuring a small slice of the untouched wall (most of which is now demolished), just under 2 kilometres to the north.

To get a feel for some of city’s great architectural styles, take a stroll to enjoy the rococo design of Schloss Charlottenburg palace or have a look inside Berliner Dom, a huge sandstone building in a mixture of styles including Gothic, Baroque and Neoclassical. One notable building has to be the Reichstag parliament building. A classic construction topped by a modern glass dome, this impressive building offers 360-degree views of Berlin. Last but not least, a must-see is Berlin’s defining structure, the Brandenburg Gate.

When the sun come out, join the locals and flock to one of the city's many beautiful parks. The Tiergarten in the centre is one of the most popular. It’s lined with trees and has beautifully manicured lawns. It’s also home to Berlin Zoo, which has been around since 1844 and boasts hundreds of animals from pandas to polar bears.

One of the most striking landmarks seen across the city is the TV Tower situated in Alexanderplatz, one of the city’s two main public squares, along with Potsdamer Platz. Destroyed during World War II, Potsdamer Platz has undergone a major redevelopment, shaking off its outdated image as a no man's land during the division of Berlin to become a culinary centre. To try delicious local delights like elsbein (pork knuckle), schnitzel and currywurst, this is the place to go.

For a day trip away from Berlin, visit the time-honoured city of Brandenburg an der Haven. It’s only about an hour’s journey from the capital and features a picturesque lake and quaint bars and restaurants. If you want to travel further afield, Frankfurt an der Oder is a good choice and is only separated from Poland by the Oder River.

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Where to stay in Berlin

Select Hotel Berlin The Wall
Select Hotel Berlin The Wall
4 out of 5
Zimmerstrasse 88, Berlin, BE
The price is NZ$71 per night from 18 Apr. to 19 Apr.
Located in Mitte, this hotel is steps away from Checkpoint Charlie, Friedrichstrasse and Checkpoint Charlie Museum. Gendarmenmarkt and Potsdamer Platz are also ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,555 reviews)
Will stay there again.
"Being in Berlin for 8 days for concerts at the Deutsche Oper, Staatsoper, Philharmonie and Komische Oper, the hotel location was very convenient and superb. Very clean with the sanitary guidelines respected during the pandemic, this hotel is also amazingly quiet and soundproofed. A definite ..."

Reviewed on 6 Oct. 2020

Select Hotel Berlin The Wall
The Mandala Suites Berlin
The Mandala Suites Berlin
4 out of 5
Friedrichstr.185-190, Berlin, BE
The price is NZ$238 per night from 17 Apr. to 18 Apr.
Located in Mitte, this boutique aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Friedrichstrasse, Gendarmenmarkt, and Konzerthaus Berlin. Checkpoint Charlie and Checkpoint ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (825 reviews)
Mandala Suites
"Excellent location in the centre of Berlin. All staff spoke excellent English. Comfortable bed and good shower. Everything very clean. The lounge section was not very comfortable or "lounge like", just a room with three single chairs and a desk."

Reviewed on 6 Oct. 2020

The Mandala Suites Berlin
Hotel Berlin, Berlin
Hotel Berlin, Berlin
4.5 out of 5
Lützowplatz 17, Berlin, BE
The price is NZ$119 per night from 25 Apr. to 26 Apr.
Located in Mitte, this luxury hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Potsdamer Platz, Brandenburg Gate and Reichstag Building. Checkpoint Charlie Museum and Galeries ...
4.2/5Very Good! (2,693 reviews)
stylish decor!
"Stylish decor, good location, a little noisy from folks in room above us...... would recommend"

Reviewed on 12 Oct. 2020

Hotel Berlin, 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.
The Mandala Suites Berlin
The Mandala Suites Berlin
4 out of 5
Friedrichstr.185-190, Berlin, BE
The price is NZ$238 per night from 17 Apr. to 18 Apr.
Located in Mitte, this boutique aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Friedrichstrasse, Gendarmenmarkt, and Konzerthaus Berlin. Checkpoint Charlie and Checkpoint ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (825 reviews)
Mandala Suites
"Excellent location in the centre of Berlin. All staff spoke excellent English. Comfortable bed and good shower. Everything very clean. The lounge section was not very comfortable or "lounge like", just a room with three single chairs and a desk."

Reviewed on 6 Oct. 2020

The Mandala Suites Berlin
VISIONAPARTMENTS Berlin Otto-Braun-Strasse
VISIONAPARTMENTS Berlin Otto-Braun-Strasse
3.5 out of 5
Otto-Braun-Strasse 67, Berlin, BE
Located in Mitte, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Torstrasse and Alexanderplatz. Berlin TV Tower and Hackescher Markt are also within 15 ...
4/5Very Good! (159 reviews)
NY in Berlin
"The location is great, close to public transportation. Which also meant the tram line goes around the property, which can be rather loud. The apartment is as shown on pics. I was rather concerned with the negative reviews but experienced none of the general complaints myself. I also requested for ..."

Reviewed on 2 Jan. 2020

VISIONAPARTMENTS Berlin Otto-Braun-Strasse
Lux 11 Berlin Mitte
Lux 11 Berlin Mitte
4 out of 5
Rosa-Luxemburg-Str. 9-13, Berlin
The price is NZ$168 per night from 12 May to 13 May
Located in Mitte, this boutique aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Torstrasse, Alexanderplatz, and Berlin TV Tower. DDR Museum and Hackescher Markt are ...
4.2/5Excellent! (743 reviews)
"Great location, the app to check-in and unlock was a great idea. Great quality rooms."

Reviewed on 26 Aug. 2020

Lux 11 Berlin Mitte
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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Reviews of Berlin

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18 Jan. 2020

Great place to visit

4/5 - Good

MB

3 Jan. 2020

Definitely go to East Side Gallery. We weren’t going to bother but it was great!

5/5 - Excellent

Facemaker01

24 Dec. 2019

Totally love Berlin and Berliners...there was a lot more to see, so would love to revisit!

3/5 - Okay

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24 Dec. 2019

Big city with great museums and many reminders of memorials of terrible times that past. I prefer cute smaller towns. Lots of concret everywhere, city felt gloomy but still enjoyed visiting it once.

4/5 - Good

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13 Dec. 2019

We only had 4 days. The airport-can be quite complicated: bus, train and tram to get to hotel. When you've got luggage that can be a pain. We're walkers and the flatness was appreciated. Watch the crossings - cars will zip around you.

5/5 - Excellent

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8 Dec. 2019

It’s awesome. The Germans are always helpful and really chilled. Love it. Thanks Germany 

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