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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 Berlin, Berlin
Hotel Berlin, Berlin
4.5 out of 5
Lützowplatz 17, Berlin, BE
Free Cancellation
The price is ¥8,634 per night from Apr 30 to May 1
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! (2,673 reviews)
stylish decor!
"Stylish decor, good location, a little noisy from folks in room above us...... would recommend"

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2020

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The Mandala Suites Berlin
The Mandala Suites Berlin
4 out of 5
Friedrichstr.185-190, Berlin, BE
The price is ¥17,357 per night from Apr 23 to Apr 24
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! (827 reviews)
Mandala Suites
"Excellent location in the centre of Berlin. All staff spoke excellent English. Comfortable bed and good shower. Everything very clean. The lounge section was not very comfortable or "lounge like", just a room with three single chairs and a desk."

Reviewed on Oct 6, 2020

The Mandala Suites Berlin
Hotel Riu Plaza Berlin
Hotel Riu Plaza Berlin
4 out of 5
Martin Luther Strasse 1, Berlin, Berlin
The price is ¥7,965 per night from Apr 23 to Apr 24
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 ...
4.4/5Excellent! (1,054 reviews)
"You can't beat this hotel for the price. The rooms are lovely and stylish with a 5* feel. My only "complaint" is the lack of extras like body cream, a bathrobe, or things in the mini fridge."

Reviewed on Apr 2, 2021

Hotel Riu Plaza 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.
The Mandala Suites Berlin
The Mandala Suites Berlin
4 out of 5
Friedrichstr.185-190, Berlin, BE
The price is ¥17,357 per night from Apr 23 to Apr 24
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! (827 reviews)
Mandala Suites
"Excellent location in the centre of Berlin. All staff spoke excellent English. Comfortable bed and good shower. Everything very clean. The lounge section was not very comfortable or "lounge like", just a room with three single chairs and a desk."

Reviewed on Oct 6, 2020

The Mandala Suites Berlin
VISIONAPARTMENTS Berlin Otto-Braun-Strasse
VISIONAPARTMENTS Berlin Otto-Braun-Strasse
3.5 out of 5
Otto-Braun-Strasse 67, Berlin, BE
Located in Mitte, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Torstrasse and Alexanderplatz. Berlin TV Tower and Hackescher Markt are also within 15 ...
4/5Very Good! (159 reviews)
NY in Berlin
"The location is great, close to public transportation. Which also meant the tram line goes around the property, which can be rather loud. The apartment is as shown on pics. I was rather concerned with the negative reviews but experienced none of the general complaints myself. I also requested for ..."

Reviewed on Jan 2, 2020

VISIONAPARTMENTS Berlin Otto-Braun-Strasse
Lux 11 Berlin Mitte
Lux 11 Berlin Mitte
4 out of 5
Rosa-Luxemburg-Str. 9-13, Berlin
The price is ¥12,227 per night from May 19 to May 20
Located in Mitte, this boutique aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Torstrasse, Alexanderplatz, and Berlin TV Tower. DDR Museum and Hackescher Markt are ...
4.2/5Excellent! (743 reviews)
"Great location, the app to check-in and unlock was a great idea. Great quality rooms."

Reviewed on Aug 26, 2020

Lux 11 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.

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