Berlin City Breaks 2014

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Oberbaum Bridge in Berlin, Germany

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A formerly ruptured city, Berlin’s city districts are now united in an explosive fusion of rich history, culture and cutting-edge style. With fascinating museums, intriguing landmarks, great gastronomy and a gritty live music scene, whatever your style, you’ll feel at home on Berlin city breaks.

The constant influx of artists and designers welcomed into the Berlin fold mean that the city is a melting-pot of cultures, with worldwide influences present in its food, music, architecture and nightlife. The atmosphere is devilishly contemporary, but glimpses of Berlin’s fractured past is still evident, with visitors flocking to Checkpoint Charlie, the Reichstag and Brandenburg Gateto to see the highlights. There really is no other way to enjoy Berlin holidays in Germany than to jump right in, feet first.

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Feel the Buzz

Berlin’s constant buzz and vibrant culture make it an incredible destination for those looking to explore a thoroughly modern, European capital. With its incredible array of boutique hotels, chic apartments and stylish guesthouses, the city centre is the ideal choice for discovering the unstoppable pace of city breaks to Berlin. Book yourself into one of the trendy hotels in the centre, where you can enjoy easy access to Berlin’s most thrilling cultural attractions, edgy restaurants and top bars.

Those looking to experience Berlin’s romantic side should stay in the beautiful forest area of Grunewald, just outside the city centre. Perfect for families and couples looking for a quiet place to retreat to, this neighbourhood has all the benefits of Berlin’s city status, but the calm and tranquility of beautiful, forested landscapes.

The city’s surrounding area also offers many convenient accommodation options on a Berlin city break. Featuring rambling castles, serene lakes and glorious coastline, it is perfect for those looking for the hum of the city, alongside some of Germany’s most alluring landscapes.

Things to do 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 in crowds from all over the world it’s a fascinating site and one that calls to be photographed – so don’t forget your camera!

Aside from Berlin’s fascinating war remnants and wall remains, there are many more historical sights to see, showcasing the city’s earlier history. By far the most grandly imposing of these is Schloss Charlottenburg, one of nine royal residences in Berlin, proudly overlooking the city and surrounded by a beautiful landscaped garden. To explore Berlin’s place in European history, Pergmonmuseum offers an unequalled collection of artifacts, sculpture and monuments from across the continent.

When the hustle and bustle of your Berlin city break gets too much, locals and travellers alike head to Volkspark Friedrichshain, the city’s largest park, to relax under shady trees and sprawl across rolling lawns. With two picturesque hills that were claimed after the war, this park is perfect for those looking to experience a more laidback side of Berlin’s personality.

When night falls, head to the infamous Bar Jeder Vernunft for a liberal sprinkling of cheekiness. Set in a glorious art-nouveu tent with a hidden entrance, this venue hosts song, dance and comedy shows every night, and regular performances. In Berlin, the nightlife is all about experiencing something different.

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Other recommended destinations:

  • Choose Prague city breaks for a huge choice of bars, clubs and pubs.
  • While Berlin is hip and has a great nightlife, for those looking for an attractive German city with lots of outdoor activities to explore, check out city breaks to Munich.
  • How about a trip to London to explore the busy streets, shops and restaurants, not to mention the sights to see.

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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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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.