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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 Destroyed during World War II, Potsdamer Platz has undergone a major redevelopment, shaking off its outdated image as a no man's land during the division of Berlin to become a culinary centre.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

Novum Hotel Aldea Berlin Centrum
Novum Hotel Aldea Berlin Centrum
3 out of 5
Bülowstraße 20-22, Berlin, BE
The price is NZ$84 per night from 15 Aug. to 15 Aug.
Located in Schoeneberg, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Berlinale Palast, Kurfürstendamm and Berlin Zoological Garden. Department Store of the West and ...
3.8/5Good! (1,833 reviews)
"Great! Close to public transportation. Staff were friendly and helpful. Clean room."

Reviewed on 30 Jun. 2021

Novum Hotel Aldea Berlin Centrum
Select Hotel Berlin The Wall
Select Hotel Berlin The Wall
4 out of 5
Zimmerstrasse 88, Berlin, BE
Fully refundable
The price is NZ$103 per night from 22 Aug. to 22 Aug.
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! (1,384 reviews)
"Courteous and professional staff, clean rooms and facilities. The breakfast is stellar and we'll worth the extra /- 11€>"

Reviewed on 26 Jul. 2021

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Hotel Riu Plaza Berlin
Hotel Riu Plaza Berlin
4 out of 5
Martin Luther Strasse 1, Berlin, Berlin
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NZ$121 per night from 22 Aug. to 22 Aug.
Located in Schoeneberg, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Department Store of the West, Berlin Zoological Garden and Europa Center. Wittenbergplatz ...
4.4/5Excellent! (968 reviews)
"The complimentary parking is an advantage ."

Reviewed on 13 Jun. 2021

Hotel Riu Plaza Berlin
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Aparthotel Adagio Berlin Kurfürstendamm
Aparthotel Adagio Berlin Kurfürstendamm
Lietzenburger Str. 89a, Berlin, BE
The price is NZ$122 per night from 23 Aug. to 23 Aug.
Located in Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf, this eco-friendly aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kurfürstendamm, Theatre of the West and Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,158 reviews)
"Modern and well equipped hotel with very friendly and helpful staff"

Reviewed on 23 Jun. 2021

Aparthotel Adagio Berlin Kurfürstendamm
Mondrian Suites Berlin Checkpoint Charlie
Mondrian Suites Berlin Checkpoint Charlie
4.5 out of 5
Markgrafenstrasse 16 - 16a, Berlin, BE
The price is NZ$131 per night from 8 Aug. to 8 Aug.
This family-friendly Berlin aparthotel is located in the business district, within a 10-minute walk of Jewish Museum Berlin and Checkpoint Charlie. Gendarmenmarkt ...
4.3/5Excellent! (1,184 reviews)
"Good value for money."

Reviewed on 29 Jul. 2021

Mondrian Suites Berlin Checkpoint Charlie
Lux 11 Berlin Mitte
Lux 11 Berlin Mitte
4 out of 5
Rosa-Luxemburg-Str. 9-13, Berlin
The price is NZ$225 per night from 22 Aug. to 22 Aug.
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! (745 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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