Berlin

Travel Guide
Museum Island showing a city and street scenes

With the relics of its turbulent past transformed afresh through street art, chic neighborhoods and repurposed architecture, Germany’s capital embraces old and new.

Easy to navigate via the light rail system, Berlin is divided into twelve boroughs, each with its own individual character. History buffs should head to the central Mitte district to explore some of Berlin’s best museums, including the Pergamon Museum, Bode Museum and the other grand institutions on Museum Island. Just a short walk to the east, the DDR Museum captures life under the East German Government.

Adjacent to the Mitte’s Tiergarten, see a monument to a dark chapter of German history in the somber Holocaust Memorial. It is a moving tribute to the Jews murdered during World War II. The Berlin Wall Memorial is just over a mile (1.6 kilometers) to the north. The parklands here include an untouched piece of the wall.

Berlin’s political changes and innovative populous and have given rise to a city which reads like a textbook of the world’s great architectural styles. Walk through the baroque Schloss Charlottenburg palace or admire the the Berliner Dom, a beautiful sandstone cathedral which has examples of of renaissance, gothic, neoclassical and baroque styles from throughout its history. The Reichstag, or German parliament building, is perhaps the ultimate in mixed styles. The original classical construction, now has a super modern glass dome sitting on top offering 360 degree views over Berlin. Don’t miss the neoclassical arches of the Brandenburg Gate, known as a symbol of peace and unity.

Along with its arts and cultural scene, Berlin has a variety of beautiful, spacious parks. Pack a picnic and head for the Tiergarten, Berlin’s answer to New York’s Central Park, with tree-lined paths and manicured lawns. The renowned Berlin Zoo opened on the Tiergarten’s grounds in 1844, and is home to hundreds of animals including giant pandas and polar bears.

Also worth a visit are the dynamic public squares, Alexanderplatz, and Potsdamer Platz. Site of Europe’s first traffic lights, Potsdamer Platz was destroyed in World War II and became a no-man’s-land during the division of Berlin. Recently the square has undergone an extraordinary redevelopment, transforming it into one of the most visionary public spaces in Europe. Here foodies can sample local delicacies like eisbein (pork knuckle), schnitzel and armer ritter, a German take on French toast.

Day trips from the city center are popular. Take a one-hour train journey to the historic town of Brandenburg an der Havel, with quaint pubs, restaurants and a picturesque lake. Those wanting to venture further can catch the train to Frankfurt an der Oder, separated from Poland by the Oder River.

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Where to stay in Berlin

Hotel ROMY by AMANO
Hotel ROMY by AMANO
3 out of 5
Invalidenstraße 53, Berlin, Berlin
The price is ¥7,746 per night from Oct 10 to Oct 10
Located in Mitte, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Torstrasse, Friedrichstrasse, and Bellevue Palace. Potsdamer Platz and Berlin Zoological Garden are also ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (7 reviews)
"Hotel right across from train station- very helpful staff and comfortable rooms."

Reviewed on Sep 18, 2021

Hotel ROMY by AMANO
Hotel Berlin, Berlin
Hotel Berlin, Berlin
4.5 out of 5
Lützowplatz 17, Berlin, BE
The price is ¥9,928 per night from Oct 17 to Oct 17
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! (2,307 reviews)
"A great value with upgrade. Great food and drinks in lobby bar. The in room coffee maker was too difficult for us old fashioned types - just wanted hot water and difficult to figure out. Room very comfortable and well maintained."

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2021

Hotel Berlin, Berlin
Hotel Riu Plaza Berlin
Hotel Riu Plaza Berlin
4 out of 5
Martin Luther Strasse 1, Berlin, Berlin
The price is ¥9,688 per night from Oct 17 to Oct 17
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 ...
4.3/5Excellent! (932 reviews)
"Hotel was modern elegant and very clean, staff was very friendly and professional, rooms were amazing, beds comfortable and the location very good close to the Kurfürstendamm shopping street, U station nearby. One last thing, breakfast was five star so was the service, I would recommend this hotel ..."

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2021

Hotel Riu Plaza Berlin
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Goodman's Living
Goodman's Living
4 out of 5
Wilmersdorfer Str. 36, Berlin, BE
The price is ¥9,030 per night from Oct 10 to Oct 10
Located in Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Deutsche Oper Berlin and Schloss Charlottenburg. Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (833 reviews)
"Nice experience. Polite, helpful and professional staff. Clean and tidy. Will recommend. Only downside was lift broke down for a while, had to walk stairs several floors."

Reviewed on Sep 23, 2020

Goodman's Living
Mondrian Suites Berlin Checkpoint Charlie
Mondrian Suites Berlin Checkpoint Charlie
4.5 out of 5
Markgrafenstrasse 16 - 16a, Berlin, BE
The price is ¥10,439 per night from Oct 5 to Oct 5
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! (1,203 reviews)
"Nice and comfortable. Good location to move around the city"

Reviewed on Sep 12, 2021

Mondrian Suites Berlin Checkpoint Charlie
TOWNHOUSE Berlin
TOWNHOUSE Berlin
3 out of 5
Goethestr. 87, Berlin, BE
The price is ¥9,829 per night from Oct 1 to Oct 1
Located in Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf, this boutique aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Berlin Zoological Garden and Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. Potsdamer ...
4.4/5Excellent! (401 reviews)
Nice place
"Lovely place. I stayed for 4 days and I had to work from my room. It was spacious, with a mini kitchen. I liked the location, it is close to the train stations, the area is nice for a little walk and there are little restaurants for a local dinner."

Reviewed on Mar 5, 2020

TOWNHOUSE Berlin
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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