BerlinGermany

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 Destroyed during World War II, Potsdamer Platz has undergone a major redevelopment, shaking off its outdated image as a no man's land during the division of Berlin to become a culinary centre.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

Where to stay in Berlin

Mitte
Mitte which includes modern architecture and a city

Mitte

Known for Museums, Architecture, Skyscrapers

4.5/5(232 reviews)

Berlin’s central district is a convergence of quaint residential streets, sprawling Soviet squares and some of Europe’s most revered museums.

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

Kreuzberg

Known for Shopping, Skyscrapers, Museums

4.5/5(13 reviews)

One of Berlin’s coolest neighborhoods has a long history of youthful indulgence, a diverse ethnic population and some of the city’s best entertainment precincts.

Prenzlauer Berg
Prenzlauer Berg featuring a city

Prenzlauer Berg

Known for Museums, Sightseeing, Walking

Romantic cobbled streets, lazy weekend breakfasts and a lively flea market have made this district a favorite among families and young couples.

Friedrichshain
Friedrichshain which includes outdoor art

Friedrichshain

Known for Skyscrapers, Culture, Architecture

4/5(26 reviews)

Straddling the eastern side of the River Spree, this former industrial precinct is today the home of some of Berlin’s most progressive nightclubs.

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

Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf

Known for Shopping, Skyscrapers, Dining

4.5/5(36 reviews)

The glamorous heart of former West Berlin remains one of Berlin’s most coveted neighborhoods and the city’s premier retail destination.

Schoeneberg
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Schoeneberg

Known for LGBT-friendly, Shopping, Skyscrapers

4.5/5(17 reviews)

David Bowie and Iggy Pop once lived in this fascinating Berlin district, which is now the diverse center of Berlin’s gay community.

Top hotels in Berlin

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel Berlin, Berlin
Hotel Berlin, Berlin
4.5 out of 5
Lützowplatz 17, Berlin, BE
NZ$127
per night
22 Dec. - 23 Dec.

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! (7,697 reviews)

"Great hotel, great service, great breakfast, great bar to grab a beer at night."…"

Reviewed on 19 Nov. 2019

Hotel Berlin, Berlin
MEININGER Hotel Berlin Tiergarten
MEININGER Hotel Berlin Tiergarten
3.5 out of 5
Turmstrasse 25-26, Berlin
NZ$67
per night
15 Dec. - 16 Dec.

This family-friendly Berlin hotel is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Tiergarten Park, Victory Column and Bellevue Palace. Reichstag Building ...

4.3/5Excellent! (606 reviews)

"This property was not only trendy and pleasant, but also clean and convenient. The staff were friendly and efficient. The hotel is very close to public transportation. There is a great, spacious garage beneath the hotel that is connected to a shopping center, and I only had to pay 8 Euros for overnight ..."…"

Reviewed on 9 Nov. 2019

MEININGER Hotel Berlin Tiergarten
IntercityHotel Berlin Hauptbahnhof
IntercityHotel Berlin Hauptbahnhof
Katharina Paulus Strasse 5, Berlin, BE
NZ$131
per night
22 Dec. - 23 Dec.

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! (3,261 reviews)

"The location of hotel is very convenient, just few minutes walk from Central Station. The room is large enough and clean, The best thing is the free transportation pass which help me to save much money."…"

Reviewed on 10 Nov. 2019

IntercityHotel Berlin Hauptbahnhof

Popular activities in Berlin

Alexanderplatz
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Alexanderplatz

4/5(93 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.

Brandenburg Gate
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Brandenburg Gate

4.5/5(109 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.

Reichstag Building
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Reichstag Building

4.5/5(78 reviews)

A real survivor of the city's recent past, in the face of bombings and ambush, the German Parliament building stands tall as a symbol of hope and unity in the city.

Checkpoint Charlie Museum
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Checkpoint Charlie Museum

4/5(53 reviews)

Visit one of Berlin’s most famous relics of the Cold War. Once a place of chilling fear and dramatic escape attempts, it is now one of the city's big attractions.

Potsdamer Platz
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Potsdamer Platz

4/5(81 reviews)

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

Berlin TV Tower
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Berlin TV Tower

4/5(40 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.

Top activities in Berlin

Berlin WelcomeCard
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Berlin WelcomeCard

NZ$35

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.

Guided Berlin City Bike Tour
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Guided Berlin City Bike Tour

NZ$86

Discover the history of Berlin while pedaling past distinctive historic monuments and important cultural sites. Follow your local guide as you cover much more ground than you could on foot. Learn more about the region's turbulent past and how it's effected the contemporary city you see today.

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.

Private Round-Trip to Olympiastadion from Berlin Center
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Private Round-Trip to Olympiastadion from Berlin Center

NZ$17

Your driver will greet you in your hotel in the city center and drive you to Olympiastadion entrance. Afterward, at the chosen time, he will also pick you up from the place (please be advised to set the pick up point clearly) and bring back to your hotel in Berlin city center.

Reviews of Berlin

4.5

Top Destination

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4 - Good 38.56502242152467%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 5.829596412556054%
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

16 Nov. 2019

I didn't want to leave. Extraordinary city. Love it very much.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

3 Nov. 2019

Good overall experience outside the hotel experience

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

23 Oct. 2019

Great job of rebuilding and some very unique museums

5/5 - Excellent

Ray44

14 Oct. 2019

Make sure to just immerse yourself in the culture and walk to get a feel for the city and how far its come

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

14 Oct. 2019

There is a great Chinese restaurant 2 blocks from hotel. Can’t recall exact name but it pops up on google maps . Come out of hotel. Turn right and then right again, 5 minute walk

5/5 - Excellent

Paul

8 Oct. 2019

Beautiful city, wonderful culture terrible hotel!

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