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Berlin
Travel Guide

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

Top Hotels in Berlin

Hotel Berlin, Berlin
Hotel Berlin, Berlin
4.5 out of 5
Lützowplatz 17, Berlin, BE
The price is CA $98 per night from Mar 6 to Mar 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 ...

4.2/5Very Good! (2,786 reviews)
stylish decor!

"Stylish decor, good location, a little noisy from folks in room above us...... would recommend"…"

Reviewed on Oct. 12, 2020

Hotel Berlin, Berlin
Hotel Riu Plaza Berlin
Hotel Riu Plaza Berlin
4 out of 5
Martin Luther Strasse 1, Berlin, Berlin
The price is CA $102 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2

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! (1,110 reviews)
Everything was perfect...

"Excellent location, excellent service, beautiful room. Clean and comfortable. Most of the people there either speak English and Spanish which is a plus."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 2, 2020

Hotel Riu Plaza Berlin
The Mandala Suites Berlin
The Mandala Suites Berlin
4 out of 5
Friedrichstr.185-190, Berlin, BE
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $190 per night from Feb 28 to Mar 1

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! (825 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
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.

Vacation Rentals in Berlin

The Mandala Suites Berlin
The Mandala Suites Berlin
4 out of 5
Friedrichstr.185-190, Berlin, BE
The price is CA $190 per night from Feb 28 to Mar 1

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! (825 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
Lux 11 Berlin Mitte
Lux 11 Berlin Mitte
4 out of 5
Rosa-Luxemburg-Str. 9-13, Berlin, BE
The price is CA $144 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2

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! (746 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
Mondrian Suites Berlin Checkpoint Charlie
Mondrian Suites Berlin Checkpoint Charlie
4.5 out of 5
Markgrafenstrasse 16 - 16a, Berlin, BE

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! (1,197 reviews)

"Top notch stay. Hotel staff were great, helpful and professional. Thank you"…"

Reviewed on Mar. 14, 2020

Mondrian Suites Berlin Checkpoint Charlie
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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Reviews of Berlin

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5/5 - Excellent

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Mar 15, 2020

Great sites

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Mar 11, 2020

Berlin is a cool city with so much history

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Feb 24, 2020

Servers and staff were very friendly, and everyone was helpful when I asked questions; Berliners on the streets seemed very rude, but it was all very clean, and extremely easy to get around. Get out of the tourist district for amazing food and parks.

5/5 - Excellent

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Feb 4, 2020

An awesome city to visit. Just make sure to set enough time to visit all the important things available

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Jan 17, 2020

Great, clean city. Felt safe the whole time. Would definitely go back.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Dec 2, 2019

I last visited in 1987 so it was fascinating to see the changes.

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