Berlin City Breaks 2014

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Discover Berlin

A formerly ruptured city, Germany’s capital of Berlin is now united in an explosive fusion of rich history, eclectic culture and cutting-edge style.

With fascinating museums, intriguing landmarks and a buzzing live music scene, whatever your style, you’ll find plenty of things to do during a Berlin weekend break.

The constant influx of artists and designers welcomed into the Berlin fold mean that the city has become a melting pot of cultures, with diverse influences present in its food, music, architecture and nightlife. With an atmosphere that is devilishly contemporary with just a hint of Berlin’s past still evident, visitors flock daily to historical sites like Checkpoint Charlie, the Reichstag and Brandenburg Gate. There really is no other way to enjoy Berlin’s charm than to jump in feet first.

Feel the Buzz

Berlin’s vibrant culture makes it an incredible destination for those looking to explore a thoroughly modern European capital. With an array of boutique hotels, chic apartments and stylish guesthouses, the city centre is the ideal place to discover the unstoppable pace of Berlin city breaks. Book yourself into one of the trend-led hotels, where you can enjoy easy access to Berlin’s most thrilling attractions, edgy restaurants and top bars.

Those looking to experience the city’s romantic character should stay in the stunning area of Grunewald outside the city centre. Perfect for families and couples looking for a quiet place to retreat to, this neighbourhood has all the benefits of city status with the tranquillity of secluded forested landscapes.

Capital of Culture

Whether your passions lie in fashion, art, design or music, Berlin city breaks will provide you with a wealth of opportunity. Fashion fans will love the boutique stores that dominate the lanes throughout the city, showcasing everything from locally crafted wares to designer fashions, while the Friedrichsstadtpassagen shopping complexes sell brand names that you’ll want to take home.

Like most things in Berlin, the art scene is culturally diverse – from the contemporary art found at Galerie Crone to the modern art found in East Side Gallery, the Berlin Wall’s original home.

Berlin’s nightlife is world-renowned, with a thriving club scene and a wealth of live music on offer. Whatever music you’re into, there is a place to party during a Berlin weekend break. For an experience providing more than just music, head to Sisyphos. With a huge chill-out area, small lake, abandoned bus and labyrinth of dance floors, this is a truly unique experience. Meanwhile, for quiet drinks and meandering conversations, visit Das Hotel. With its ramshackle romanticism and hipster crowd, you won’t want to drink anywhere else.

Out and About in Berlin

With so much on offer, it can be difficult to know where to start. However, the city’s main attraction, The Berlin Wall is a good place to begin. Drawing crowds from all over the globe, it is a fascinating reminder of Germany’s history that calls to be photographed – so don’t forget your camera!

Aside from Berlin’s remnants of war, there are sights that showcase the city’s earlier history. By far the most grand is Schloss Charlottenburg, one of nine royal residences in Berlin. Surrounded by a beautiful landscaped garden, this is the perfect place to soak up some of the city’s culture.

When the hustle and bustle of your Berlin city break gets too much, head to Volkspark Friedrichshain, a large park in the centre of the city where you’ll be able to relax under shady trees and sprawl across rolling laws. With a laid back atmosphere and picturesque setting, this is an ideal location for recharging your batteries.

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

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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.

Museums

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

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.