Arts in Berlin
City breaks to Berlin are ideal for lovers of art with some fascinating galleries to discover. Some of the best known are the Galerie Eigen & Art and the large Art Centre Berlin Friedrichstrasse. The city also hosts many festivals, such as the Berlin Film Festival and Karneval, a huge carnival parade.
There are plenty of things to do in Berlin, with an endless choice of museums it is ideal for those looking to learn out more about this charming city. Top picks include; the Berlin Wall Memorial located in the centre of the city, with free admission and Museumsinsel, translated as Museum Island, where visitors will find a huge collection of art and architecture.
Shopping in Berlin is a shopoholic's heaven! The main shopping streets include Ku’Damm and Tauentzienstrasse. For designer wear and high-end boutiques head to upmarket Friedrichstrasse in former East Berlin. At the other end of the spectrum, there are lots of markets that spring up at the weekends; a particularly large flea market being at Strasse around 17th June.
Things To Do
There are plenty of good daytime activities for those visiting Berlin as part of a group. Sports fans will be spoilt for choice with plenty of big sports represented in the city, the most popular being football. Fans will love to see the Olympic Stadium, host of the World Cup Final in 2006. Spas are also well-loved in the city, and there are a variety of day and weekend spas for some blissful pampering.
The Berlin Beer Festival takes place on the first weekend of August, in the longest beer garden in the world. Over 300 breweries showcase their specialty beers, including the famous Berliner Kindl. The festival is free of charge, and the many stalls and samples keep the one million annual visitors busy all weekend. It’s a fun way to spend some time in the city on a group holiday.
Nightlife in Berlin
Like London, Berlin is divided into many boroughs, each with their own characteristics and reputations. Mitte is right in the centre of the city, and is home to many places of historical interest. East Central is a young, trendy area packed with bars and clubs, and is becoming increasingly popular with artists and students. A little more relaxed is City West, with plenty of good shops and restaurants; ideal for a weekend break. Although Berlin is a very large city, the transport systems have an excellent reputation so you can be sure to get around the city with ease.
Clubs and Bars
Berlin is quickly becoming a top European city for nightlife. There are plenty of trendy bars and clubs in districts such as Prenzlauer Berg and Kreuzberg. The club scene is huge, with over 200 nightclubs spread across the city staying open until the early hours of the morning.
You will find a wide variety of international cuisine availabel in Berlin as well as lots of stable German dishes. These include currywurst, which is a bratwurst sausage with curry powder. These are a must-try during your city break to Berlin! Hackescher Markt and Oranienburger Strasse are top districts for visitors and eating out for breakfast or brunch is very common here.
If bar-hopping and clubbing isn’t your thing, there is plenty of other evening entertainment on offer in Berlin. With the well known Film Festival taking place here as well as a number of old and new cinemas where you can watch a movie. There are also many venues for concerts, opera, shows and theatre.
Gold Inn Angleterre
The Gold Inn Angleterre boasts a prime position close to some of Berlin's main attractions including the Jewish museum, Gendarmenmarkt and Brandenburg Gate. Public transport options can also be found close by, so exploring the city is easy. The hotel is decorated in a warm and elegant style with all rooms offering modern amenities to ensure a comfortable stay. The hotel has a restaurant and bar serving a range of cuisine and refreshments. For those looking to really relax during their stay, there is also a fitness centre, sauna and rest room to make use of. The Gold Inn Angleterre is a great choice for those seeking a memorable city break to Berlin.
This charming family-run hotel is located along a quiet street in Berlin just a short walk away from several public transport options. The Alfa Hotel is made up of 34 spacious rooms each offering high standard amenities including a modern bathroom and flat screen satellite TV. There is a breakfast-restaurant within the hotel serving a rich buffet breakfast and the adjoining Alfa Sports bar provides the perfect place in which to enjoy a drink whilst watching a match. This hotel makes a great choice for families and couples looking for a comfortable place to stay within easy reach of Berlin's top attractions.
This hotel is found in the heart of Berlin just a few minutes’ walk from the famous Kurfuerstendamm, with excellent transport links to the rest of the city also nearby, sightseeing on your Berlin city break is easy. With a total of 150 rooms each decorated in a modern style and fully-equipped with a private bathroom with shower and WC. There is also a breakfast room in-house serving a daily breakfast buffet. The Ivbergs Premium hotel makes an ideal choice for those seeking a bit of luxury on a city break to Berlin.