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 city 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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