Berlin Holidays in 2014

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Holidays to Berlin

Enjoy a super holiday in Berlin.

After the opening of the dividing wall separating east from west, Berlin has reclaimed its position as Germany's premier city. Berlin holidays make an ideal choice for a break in Europe. With a rich cultural background, three opera houses, eight symphony orchestras, more than 150 sites for drama, shops, bars, restaurants and a thriving nightlife scene, visitors on a Berlin holiday will never be short of something to see or do.

Travelling around Berlin is easy, either by foot, car, taxi, tram, bus, train or even ferry! You can easily buy a Berlin travel card and use it to get around. Cycling and jogging are also popular in Berlin and there are many marked routes throughout the city.

Berlin nightlife

Whilst during the day there won’t be a single second when you can’t find a beautiful palace to visit, a museum or other fantastic sight, during the evenings Berlin really does come alive. The club scene in Berlin is notorious worldwide, with night bars open until the early hours, the thud of music pounding from the nightclubs and many trendy restaurants offering fantastic German and international dishes. So if you’re looking for a city with electric nightlife, then a holiday to Berlin is the place to be.

Explore the city of Berlin

If you love to explore, than a holiday in Berlin is for you. Take a good pair of walking shoes and explore Berlin to your heart’s content! Podcasts and mp3 tours may be downloaded from the internet so you can take a guided tour of the city at your leisure. Or if you’d prefer company, there are many walking tours or bus tours or tours along the river in Berlin.

The famous Potsdamer Platz is part of Berlin’s thriving centre – in the 1930s, it was the busiest square in Europe and is now, once again full of shops, restaurants, bars and entertainment venues. For the best views of Berlin on your weekend away visit the Panorama-Point, at the top of the Kollhof building and the renovated Reichstag building, damaged by fire in 1933, is also well worth a visit. Much of the city’s most famous landmark, the Berlin Wall, was lost to enthusiastic revelers, souvenir hunters and developers with only a few sections still remaining intact however you can view a graffiti free section of the wall at the popular Eastside gallery. Other sights to see on a Berlin city break include the instantly recognizable Brandenburg Gate, the old Berlin Wall border crossing, Checkpoint Charlie and its associated museum and finally, Museum Island.

Important Information

Travel Information
Language: German
Currency: Euro
Local time: GMT/BST +1 hour
Local airport: Berlin
Flight time: 1 hour 40 minutes

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The richness and diversity of Berlin’s music scene means you are bound to discover something you have never heard before. There are numerous festivals covering everything from dance to classical music, and it is host to one of Europe’s largest jazz festivals. Avant garde, experimental music and ‘noise’ music are perhaps more popular here than elsewhere, with two clubs Ausland and Stralau 68 featuring it regularly, as well as more hardcore industrial music. A policy of spending on the arts means culture and the arts in Berlin are its main selling point, and have attracted artists and musicians as both residents and visitors.


The ‘Lange Nacht der Museen’ is when 100 of the museums, collections and exhibitions stay open into the early hours on one night in January and one in August, with concerts, readings and other events especially put on.


The enormous Alexa mega-mall near Alexanderplatz, combines mainstream chains with the less well known and houses Loxx, the world’s largest model railway. For the traditionalists, try KaDeWe, a century-old department store offering a diverse array of goods. Colours stocks second hand clothes from the 60s, right up to the present day, priced by the kilo, are located on the rear of Bergmannstrasse.


Although considered to be a young city by European standards, Berlin has had a very eventful history and is especially significant in relation to the two world wars. Many of Berlin’s historical events are characterised by radical change, and there is an ever-present sense of this throughout contemporary Berlin. From becoming the centre of the Enlightenment in 1740 to the fall of the Berlin Wall, Berlin has often encouraged change and led the way culturally.