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 Riu Plaza Berlin
Hotel Riu Plaza Berlin
4 out of 5
Martin Luther Strasse 1, Berlin, Berlin
The price is ¥8,140 per night from Feb 20 to Feb 21
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 ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (944 reviews)
"very central"

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2022

Hotel Riu Plaza Berlin
Hotel Berlin, Berlin
Hotel Berlin, Berlin
4.5 out of 5
Lützowplatz 17, Berlin, BE
The price is ¥9,636 per night from Feb 6 to Feb 7
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 ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (2,121 reviews)
"Excellent stay, friendly staff, great room, and delicious breakfast."

Reviewed on Dec 16, 2021

Hotel Berlin, Berlin
Park Inn by Radisson Berlin Alexanderplatz
Park Inn by Radisson Berlin Alexanderplatz
4.5 out of 5
Alexanderplatz 7, Berlin, BE
The price is ¥9,654 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25
Located in Mitte, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Alexanderplatz and Berlin TV Tower. Red Town Hall and DDR Museum are also within 15 minutes. ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (1,516 reviews)
"location, cleanness,safe"

Reviewed on Jan 14, 2022

Park Inn by Radisson Berlin Alexanderplatz
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.
Mondrian Suites Berlin Checkpoint Charlie
Mondrian Suites Berlin Checkpoint Charlie
4.5 out of 5
Markgrafenstrasse 16 - 16a, Berlin, BE
The price is ¥7,431 per night from Feb 21 to Feb 22
This family-friendly Berlin aparthotel is located in the business district, within a 10-minute walk of Jewish Museum Berlin and Checkpoint Charlie. Gendarmenmarkt ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,320 reviews)
"Great location, polite staff. The floor in our apartment was a bit grubby and the decor could do with a refresh. Other than that a good place to stay."

Reviewed on Dec 23, 2021

Mondrian Suites Berlin Checkpoint Charlie
The Circus Apartments
The Circus Apartments
3.5 out of 5
Choriner Str. 84, Berlin, BE
The price is ¥22,779 per night from Feb 7 to Feb 8
This family-friendly Berlin aparthotel is located in the entertainment district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Torstrasse, Alexanderplatz, and Berlin Wall Memorial. ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (42 reviews)
Kudos
"Andreas is a great host and Circus is a first rate hospitality group in Berlin"

Reviewed on Aug 19, 2021

The Circus Apartments
Flottwell Berlin Hotel & Residenz am Park
Flottwell Berlin Hotel & Residenz am Park
3.5 out of 5
Flottwellstr. 18, Berlin, BE
The price is ¥9,883 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25
Located in Tiergarten, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of German Museum of Technology, Potsdamer Platz, and Checkpoint Charlie. Berliner Philharmonie and ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (305 reviews)
"We are a family of 3 traveling with our 2 dogs. This property was fantastically convieneint. Just around the corner from a great city park, our daughter had her scooter and loved the skate park. We were able to walk our dogs in the park as well. We walked to nearly all the tourist sights. The hotel ..."

Reviewed on Oct 7, 2020

Flottwell Berlin Hotel & Residenz am Park
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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