After years of division, Berlin re-emerged as one of Europe’s edgiest cities, becoming an exciting mix of grit, glamour, culture and history.
The city offers over 150 museums and galleries that cover subjects as diverse as old-master paintings, contemporary art, Bauhaus design and architecture, ancient Egypt, technology and of course, Berlin’s history.
Berlin also offers a wealth of architecture, old and new. Berliner Dom, the cities towering neo-Renaissance cathedral has to be admired inside and out. The beautiful ”temple of light and glass” Neue Nationalgalerie, famously designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, also contains some of the highlights of modern 20th century art.
If shopping is your thing, the city is awash with small boutiques and you really can ‘shop ‘til you drop’ along the extensive Kurfürstendam. From vintage bargains to designer brands and everything in-between, it’s all here.
Berlin has a vibrant nightlife, with hundreds of stylish bars and restaurants varying from authentic German cuisine to the ultimate cool hangout. The cities buzzing nightclubs are second to none, attracting clubbers from all over Europe.
Brandenburg Gate & The Reichstag – an imposing site, two of Berlin’s most recognizable symbols.
The Museum Island – an art lover’s paradise.
The German Cathedral (Berliner Dom) – A remarkable example of late 19th century architecture.
Television Tower (Fernsehturm) – stand outs of the skyline at 368m, by far the tallest building in Berlin. Climb to the top and enjoy the 360° panorama of the city.
Schloss Charlottenburg – a fine example of Prussia era architecture.
Checkpoint Charlie – has a super museum detailing the escape methods tried to get from East to West.
The Berlin Wall East Side Gallery – artists from all over the world have painted this colourful memorial to freedom.
Gendarmenmarkt – some impressive examples of architecture can found in this beautiful square: the Concert House designed by Schinkel, the German Deutscher Dom and the French Französischer Dom).
Kurfürstendamm – a shoppers dream with a mix of brands to choose from, plus Europes biggest department store the KaDeWe.
Where to stay…
Swissotel – 5 star
An excellent 5 star luxury hotel with a great location for shopping, site seeing and entertainment. Situated in the heart of the city, on the famous Kurfüstendamm.
Adlon Kempinski – 5 star
A beautiful luxury hotel, offering excellent service and facilities, boasting a magnificent location, next to the Brandenburg Gate. The Adlon Kempinski offers several restaurants, one of which has been awarded 2 Michelin stars. Also on offer is fitness centre with a sauna, spa tub, indoor swimming pool and a day spa that offers massage services.
Palace Hotel – 5 star
Don’t be put off by the ugly exterior, on the inside it’s elegant and the service is outstanding. The location is great next to the Kurfürstendamm and opposite the Zoo.
Berlin Berlin – 4 star
A large modern hotel in a great location between the Tiergarten & Schoneburg. First opened in 1958, this hotel has become a landmark with Berliners. The famous KaDeWe department store is a 5-minute walk away.
Andel’s – 4 star
A large contemporary design hotel. The bar housed on the 14th floor offers magnificent views of southern Berlin. Guests can also enjoy the wellness area with Finnish sauna, bio sauna, Turkish steam bath, whirlpool and quiet terraces.
Ivbergs Premium – 4 star
A modern style hotel in a great location, offering easy access to a variety of bars , restaurants, shops & sights. A great value hotel, picked again and again by Cities Direct travellers.
Air in Berlin – 3 star
A small friendly hotel in a great location. The Air in Berlin hotel remains a popular choice for many returning guests.