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 Destroyed during World War II, Potsdamer Platz has undergone a major redevelopment, shaking off its outdated image as a no man's land during the division of Berlin to become a culinary centre.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

Hotel Berlin, Berlin
Hotel Berlin, Berlin
4.5 out of 5
Lützowplatz 17, Berlin, BE
The price is NZ$122 per night from 4 Jan. to 5 Jan.

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! (2,888 reviews)

"I had a lovely stay here. Good location and modern hotel. Thought the hotel would be very touristic however all the rooms are so creatively decorated and very comfortable. Thank you for making the best out of managing covid 19 so professionally as well as providing comfort !"…"

Reviewed on 26 Aug. 2020

Hotel Berlin, Berlin
Steigenberger Hotel Am Kanzleramt
Steigenberger Hotel Am Kanzleramt
4.5 out of 5
Ella-Trebe-Straße 5, Berlin, BE
The price is NZ$177 per night from 3 Jan. to 4 Jan.

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

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,659 reviews)

"Had a fantastic stay at the Steigenberger am Kanzleramt. Location is super convenient if you arrive at Berlin Central station. Check in was very fast. An Expedia Gold room upgrade was given without having to ask for it. The room was great. Spacious, stylish and looked brand new. The view was also ..."…"

Reviewed on 30 Aug. 2020

Steigenberger Hotel Am Kanzleramt
TITANIC Comfort Berlin Mitte
TITANIC Comfort Berlin Mitte
3.5 out of 5
Elisabeth-Mara-Strasse 4, Berlin
The price is NZ$82 per night from 3 Jan. to 4 Jan.

Located in Mitte, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Gendarmenmarkt, Nikolaikirche and Checkpoint Charlie. Museum Island (Museumsinsel) and Berlin TV Tower ...

4.2/5Very Good! (1,036 reviews)

"Brilliant Hotel, friendly staff great breakfast helpful nothing too much trouble"…"

Reviewed on 20 Oct. 2020

TITANIC Comfort 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.

Holiday Rentals in Berlin

The Mandala Suites Berlin
The Mandala Suites Berlin
4 out of 5
Friedrichstr.185-190, Berlin, BE
The price is NZ$278 per night from 4 Jan. to 5 Jan.

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! (819 reviews)
A great business stay

"Very comfortable, clean and amazingly quiet, considering its location bang in the center of Berlin. Staff are very polite and overall I would definitely return.(if they had an iron and ironing board in the room)"…"

Reviewed on 13 Feb. 2020

The Mandala Suites Berlin
Aeronaut powered by Pearl 1 Living and Yachting Hospitality
Aeronaut powered by Pearl 1 Living and Yachting Hospitality
4 out of 5
Hermannstraße 227, Berlin
The price is NZ$251 per night from 3 Jan. to 4 Jan.

Located in Neukoelln, this apartment building is within 2 miles (3 km) of Huxley's Neue Welt, Columbiahalle and Oberbaum Bridge. East Side Gallery and Mercedes-Benz ...

5/5Exceptional! (1 review)

"Der Service war sehr gut, die Angestellten sehr höflich und das Zimmer sehr sauber, helle und modern mit Wohlfühlfaktor und hohem Komfort. Alles so wie man es sich wünscht. Uns hat die Unterkunft sehr gut gefallen und wir werden auf jeden Fall unseren nächsten Berlin Aufenthalt wieder in diesem Hotel ..."…"

Reviewed on 26 Oct. 2020

Aeronaut powered by Pearl 1 Living and Yachting Hospitality
Mondrian Suites Berlin Checkpoint Charlie
Mondrian Suites Berlin Checkpoint Charlie
4.5 out of 5
Markgrafenstrasse 16 - 16a, Berlin, BE

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! (1,174 reviews)

"Top notch stay. Hotel staff were great, helpful and professional. Thank you"…"

Reviewed on 14 Mar. 2020

Mondrian Suites Berlin Checkpoint Charlie
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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