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 Destroyed during World War II, Potsdamer Platz has undergone a major redevelopment, shaking off its outdated image as a no man's land during the division of Berlin to become a culinary centre.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

Mitte which includes modern architecture and a city

Mitte

4.5/5Wonderful!(261 area reviews)

Mitte
Kreuzberg which includes outdoor art as well as an individual female

Kreuzberg

4.5/5Wonderful!(20 area reviews)

Kreuzberg
Prenzlauer Berg featuring a city

Prenzlauer Berg

Prenzlauer Berg
Friedrichshain which includes outdoor art

Friedrichshain

4/5Very Good!(29 area reviews)

Friedrichshain
Charlottenburg showing outdoor eating and street scenes as well as a small group of people

Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf

4.5/5Wonderful!(37 area reviews)

Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf
Schoeneberg which includes a city

Schoeneberg

4.5/5Wonderful!(19 area reviews)

Schoeneberg

Top hotels in Berlin

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
IntercityHotel Berlin Hauptbahnhof
IntercityHotel Berlin Hauptbahnhof
Katharina Paulus Strasse 5, Berlin, BE
NZ$94
per night
Feb 23 - Feb 24

Located in Mitte, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of German Chancellery and Reichstag Building. Brandenburg Gate and Friedrichstrasse are also within 1 ...

4.4/5Excellent! (3,456 reviews)

"Good location, very close to Central Station. Free bus and metro ticket."…"

Reviewed on 10 Feb. 2020

IntercityHotel Berlin Hauptbahnhof
Hotel Berlin, Berlin
Hotel Berlin, Berlin
4.5 out of 5
Lützowplatz 17, Berlin, BE
NZ$116
per night
Mar 8 - Mar 9

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! (8,075 reviews)

"Decent Rooms good food and in gener al very helpful staff"…"

Reviewed on 7 Feb. 2020

Hotel Berlin, Berlin
Hampton By Hilton Berlin City Centre Alexanderplatz
Hampton By Hilton Berlin City Centre Alexanderplatz
3.5 out of 5
Otto-Braun-Strasse 69, Berlin
NZ$141
per night
Feb 23 - Feb 24

Located in Mitte, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Torstrasse and Alexanderplatz. Berlin TV Tower and Hackescher Markt are also within 1 mile (2 km). ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (2,227 reviews)

"Easy to get to. Brilliant transport links. Very clean and quiet."…"

Reviewed on 14 Feb. 2020

Hampton By Hilton Berlin City Centre Alexanderplatz

Popular activities in Berlin

Alexanderplatz
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Alexanderplatz

4/5(100 reviews)

There are many debates about where the real centre of Berlin is, but Alexanderplatz, with its teetering tower and retail therapy, is certainly a contender.

Potsdamer Platz
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Potsdamer Platz

4/5(86 reviews)

This public square once lay divided between East and West Germany, now it brings people together in a celebration of their city.

Brandenburg Gate
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Brandenburg Gate

4.5/5(117 reviews)

One of Europe’s most powerful landmarks, this German symbol dates back to 1791 and has played a huge role in the country’s political culture ever since.

Berlin TV Tower
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Berlin TV Tower

4/5(45 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.

Berlin Zoological Garden
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Berlin Zoological Garden

4/5(14 reviews)

Visit some of the world’s most exotic animals without leaving the city. Berlin houses one of the biggest and most elegant zoos in Europe.

Kurfürstendamm
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Kurfürstendamm

4.5/5(19 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 activities in Berlin

Berlin WelcomeCard
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Berlin WelcomeCard

NZ$39

The Berlin WelcomeCard, available as 48-hours, 72-hours, 4-day, 5-day, or 6-day option, offers a great, cost-effective means to explore the city in-depth. Travel on public transport in fare zones Berlin AB or Berlin ABC for free and receive exclusive discounts of up to 50 percent with over 200 participating partners.

Sachsenhausen Memorial Full-Day Tour
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Sachsenhausen Memorial Full-Day Tour

NZ$29

Embark on a poignant tour of one of the first Nazi concentration camps. Originally built to house political prisoners, its usage evolved through the Holocaust and then post-WWII. Observe how the camp today marks the devastating crimes that took place and how it pays tribute to its victims.

Admission Madame Tussauds Berlin Ticket
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Admission Madame Tussauds Berlin Ticket

NZ$32

We Will WOW You. Totally interactive Sets, amazing costumes, exciting music and modern techniques, it’s all inside at Madame Tussauds Berlin. Experience your one-of-a-kind WOW moment.

Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Memorial Full-Day Tour
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Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Memorial Full-Day Tour

NZ$29

Central to the network of inhumane concentration camps, Sachsenhausen was also an SS training facility. Learn of its atrocities and gain historical perspective on its Nazi and Soviet use. This full-day tour offers poignant insight into one of the 20th century’s most profound brutalities.

City Center Half-Day Walking Tour
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City Center Half-Day Walking Tour

NZ$24

Introduce yourself to Berlin with a broad overview of its most famous sights on this walking tour. Your guide leads you through the significant local and historical themes: Prussian, Imperial, Nazi, Cold War, and modern.

The City of the Prussian Kings - Potsdam Private Tour with Jacob. N
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The City of the Prussian Kings - Potsdam Private Tour with Jacob. N

NZ$377

Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Stop At: Nadav Jacob's Berlin Experience, Prenzlauer Allee 51, 10405 Berlin Germany Potsdam gardens and palaces Duration: 6 hours

Reviews of Berlin

4.4

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Jan 18, 2020

Great place to visit

4/5 - Good

MB

Jan 3, 2020

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

5/5 - Excellent

Facemaker01

Dec 24, 2019

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

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Dec 24, 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

Verified traveller

Dec 13, 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

Verified traveller

Dec 8, 2019

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

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