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Once known for the wall that divided it, the city of Berlin is now a unified, cosmopolitan city, known for its architecture, museums and festivals.

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

Mitte showing a city and modern architecture

Mitte

4.5/5Wonderful!(390 area reviews)

Mitte
Kreuzberg showing outdoor art as well as an individual female

Kreuzberg

4/5Very Good!(40 area reviews)

Kreuzberg
Prenzlauer Berg featuring a city

Prenzlauer Berg

Prenzlauer Berg
Friedrichshain featuring outdoor art

Friedrichshain

4.5/5Wonderful!(27 area reviews)

Friedrichshain
Charlottenburg featuring street scenes and outdoor eating as well as a small group of people

Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf

4.5/5Wonderful!(98 area reviews)

Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf
Schoeneberg showing a city

Schoeneberg

4.5/5Wonderful!(27 area reviews)

Schoeneberg

Top Hotels in Berlin

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
IntercityHotel Berlin Hauptbahnhof
IntercityHotel Berlin Hauptbahnhof
Katharina Paulus Strasse 5, Berlin, BE
CA $103
per night
Mar 22 - Mar 23

Located in Mitte, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of German Chancellery and Reichstag Building. Brandenburg Gate and Friedrichstrasse are also within 1 ...

4.4/5Excellent! (3,481 reviews)

"Very nice staff. Breakfast was good value and tasty. Loved the free travel cards and so easy to use. We went all round the city and enjoyed the trip!"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 25, 2020

IntercityHotel Berlin Hauptbahnhof
Hotel Berlin, Berlin
Hotel Berlin, Berlin
4.5 out of 5
Lützowplatz 17, Berlin, BE
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
CA $99
per night
Mar 13 - Mar 14

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! (8,116 reviews)

"Very large hotel in an excellent location. 5 minutes walk to an underground station. The lines which ran through it covered most of main tourist destinations. Bus 100 stop across the road. Tiergarden short walk away. Supermarket and fast food places at underground station. Comfortable and clean bedroom. ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 24, 2020

Hotel Berlin, Berlin
Hotel Riu Plaza Berlin
Hotel Riu Plaza Berlin
4 out of 5
Martin Luther Strasse 1, Berlin, Berlin
CA $102
per night
Mar 1 - 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! (1,469 reviews)

"Like location, pace full, good staff Water bottles sold vary expensive compare to outside"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 18, 2020

Hotel Riu Plaza Berlin

Popular things to do in Berlin

Alexanderplatz
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Alexanderplatz

4.5/5(222 reviews)

With its stark, 1960s layout, “Alex” is a showcase of Communist-era architecture and a lively central meeting place for locals.

Potsdamer Platz
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Potsdamer Platz

4.5/5(154 reviews)

Berliners come to celebrate their city in this public square, which was leveled during World War II and isolated in the Cold War.

Brandenburg Gate
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Brandenburg Gate

4.5/5(275 reviews)

This symbol of German unification ranks alongside Paris' Arc de Triomphe as one of Europe’s most iconic and emotive monuments.

Berlin TV Tower
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Berlin TV Tower

4/5(103 reviews)

Take in breathtaking views of Berlin and enjoy a meal in a revolving restaurant inside the sphere of this iconic tower, the tallest structure in Germany.

Berlin Zoological Garden
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Berlin Zoological Garden

4.5/5(43 reviews)

Say “guten tag” to some of the world’s most exotic creatures in one of Europe’s most comprehensive and elegant zoos.

Kurfürstendamm
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Kurfürstendamm

4.5/5(49 reviews)

Often described as “Berlin’s Champs-Élysées,” this elegant promenade is the city’s premier shopping strip and is punctuated with a moving war memorial.

Top activities in Berlin

Berlin WelcomeCard
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Berlin WelcomeCard

90% of travellers recommend
CA $33
Per adult
Sachsenhausen Memorial Full-Day Tour
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Sachsenhausen Memorial Full-Day Tour

94% of travellers recommend
CA $25
Per adult
Guided Berlin City Bike Tour
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Guided Berlin City Bike Tour

100% of travellers recommend
CA $41
Per adult
Admission Madame Tussauds Berlin Ticket
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Admission Madame Tussauds Berlin Ticket

92% of travellers recommend
CA $27
Per adult
Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Memorial Full-Day Tour
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Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Memorial Full-Day Tour

92% of travellers recommend
CA $25
Per adult
Paintball Spielen
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Paintball Spielen

CA $37
Per adult

Reviews of Berlin

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
257
5 - Excellent 60.328638497652584%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 33.333333333333336%
3 - Okay
22
3 - Okay 5.164319248826291%
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2 - Disappointing 0.704225352112676%
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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

Verified traveller

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.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Dec 1, 2019

Great visit and very moving going through the information with the Berline Wall Memorial and Checkpoint Charlie.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Nov 7, 2019

Must see once in your Life.

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