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 Destroyed during World War II, Potsdamer Platz has undergone a major redevelopment, shaking off its outdated image as a no man's land during the division of Berlin to become a culinary centre.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

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Where to stay in Berlin

Mitte which includes modern architecture and a city

Mitte

4.5/5Wonderful!(263 area reviews)

Known for its fascinating museums and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in Mitte. Check out top attractions like Reichstag Building and Brandenburg Gate, and jump on the metro at Schwartzkopffstrasse U-Bahn or Reinickendorfer Street U-Bahn to see more of the city.

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

Kreuzberg

4.5/5Wonderful!(20 area reviews)

Known for its ample dining options and fascinating museums, there's plenty to explore in Kreuzberg. You can visit top attractions like Checkpoint Charlie Museum and Checkpoint Charlie, and jump on the metro at Prinzenstrasse U-Bahn or Moritzplatz U-Bahn to see more of the city.

Kreuzberg
Friedrichshain which includes outdoor art

Friedrichshain

4/5Very Good!(29 area reviews)

Known for its lively bars and interesting museums, there's plenty to explore in Friedrichshain. Top attractions like Mercedes-Benz Arena and East Side Gallery are major draws, and you can catch the metro at Frankfurter Gate U-Bahn or Warschauer Straße Station to see more of the city.

Friedrichshain
Prenzlauer Berg featuring a city

Prenzlauer Berg

Travellers choose Prenzlauer Berg for its lively bars. Hop aboard the metro at Greifswalder Straße S-Bahn or Prenzlauer Allee S-Bahn and check out top sights like Velodrom.

Prenzlauer Berg
Schoeneberg which includes a city

Schoeneberg

4.5/5Wonderful!(19 area reviews)

Kurfürstendamm and Department Store of the West are top sights in Schoeneberg, and you should be sure to explore the popular shops. Hop aboard the metro at Schöneberg S-Bahn or Innsbrucker Platz Station to see more sights in the area.

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

Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf

4.5/5Wonderful!(37 area reviews)

Gourmet restaurants a must-see zoo and top sights from Olympiastadion to Waldbuhne – discover Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf, a destination also famous for its shopping.

Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf

Top hotels in Berlin

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Select Hotel Berlin Gendarmenmarkt
Select Hotel Berlin Gendarmenmarkt
4 out of 5
Charlottenstrasse 66, Berlin, BE
The price is NZ$94 per night

Located in Mitte, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Friedrichstrasse, Gendarmenmarkt and Konzerthaus Berlin. Checkpoint Charlie and Checkpoint Charlie ...

4.2/5Very Good! (1,752 reviews)

"Nice room, kind staff, the location is great (in the middle of the centre of Berlin). Breakfast was not very well organised. There is no cantine to choose what you want. You have to order by the bar and you can take it with you in a bag. However, you can choose to get breakfast by the l supermarket ..."…"

Reviewed on 3 Jul. 2020

Select Hotel Berlin Gendarmenmarkt
MEININGER Hotel Berlin Tiergarten
MEININGER Hotel Berlin Tiergarten
3.5 out of 5
Turmstrasse 25-26, Berlin
The price is NZ$71 per night

This family-friendly Berlin hotel is located near the airport, within 2 mi (3 km) of Bellevue Palace, Reichstag Building and Berlin Zoological Garden. Victory ...

4.3/5Excellent! (899 reviews)

"Very good for the cost of the hotel and booked at very short notice."…"

Reviewed on 17 Mar. 2020

MEININGER Hotel Berlin Tiergarten
Hotel Riu Plaza Berlin
Hotel Riu Plaza Berlin
4 out of 5
Martin Luther Strasse 1, Berlin, Berlin
The price is NZ$139 per night

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 ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,112 reviews)

"In totally it was a good stay. All that missing was flip flops."…"

Reviewed on 5 Jun. 2020

Hotel Riu Plaza Berlin

Popular places to visit 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.

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.

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 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

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

NZ$28
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Berlin WelcomeCard
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Berlin WelcomeCard

NZ$40
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Berlin Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Berlin Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

NZ$47
Per adult
74% of travellers recommend
German Spy Museum Tickets
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German Spy Museum Tickets

NZ$21
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Historic City Center Cruise
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Historic City Center Cruise

NZ$33
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Skip the Line: Mauermuseum Checkpoint Charlie Entrance Ticket Berlin
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Skip the Line: Mauermuseum Checkpoint Charlie Entrance Ticket Berlin

NZ$26
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Berlin

4.4

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

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

Verified traveller

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

Verified traveller

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

Verified traveller

8 Dec. 2019

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

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