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Leaves dance on the morning breeze in Tiergarten Park, before Potsdamer Platz - a network of malls and eateries – bursts into life. The sound of Berlin's orchestra floats on the wind through the Kulturforum Cultural Complex. Bellevue Palace glows a little more in the evening light, just as the nocturnal animals of Berlin Zoo call for attention.
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2.8 miles from city centre
This arty district is home to affluent city-dwellers. There’s a bucolic feel to the lush grounds of the Charlottenburg Palace, which houses a collection of opulent treasures. Kaiser-Wilhelm Memorial Church is a haunting place to spend an afternoon, followed by a splurge at KaDeWe – Continental Europe’s largest department store.
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0.7 miles from city centre
Near the sleepy residential area of Moabit, you’ll find the lush forests and groves of Tiergarten. The Berlin Philharmonic and New National Gallery inject a dose of high culture, while Wedding furnishes Berlin’s students and young professionals with affordable housing – and bars and clubs to while away the wee hours.
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1.5 miles from city centre
Couples walk hand-in-hand by the waterfall in Viktoriapark, while the experimental Gleisdreieck Park shows what a former no-man’s-land and a little imagination can achieve. Hours can be spent meandering through time across Graefekiez’s urban landscape. At dusk, the sun sets over Oberbaum Bridge and Schlesische Strasse's nightlife takes over.
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2 miles from city centre
Diversity is the lifeblood of Schöneberg in Western Berlin and the area has a distinct bohemian feel. Disused Tempelhof Airport hosts barbeques and concerts without a plane in sight, and the men of Nollendorfplatz wave their rainbow flags proudly. The liberty bell of Rathaus Schöneberg – the historic town hall – tolls the sound of freedom.
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3.3 miles from city centre
Famously youthful, Friedrichshain is where lovers love and the young-at-heart play. The conversation – and coffee – flows in Boxhagener Platz’ eateries. Boutiques and bars lie at the centre, while the thudding beats of Revaler Strasse’s clubs carry fun into the night. The iconic East Side Gallery is a stretch of the Berlin Wall covered in murals.
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Berlin is a city of rapid growth, where innovation and diversity have fused together to create a young and vibrant culture. You’ve only to join a walking tour to discover examples of jaw-dropping street art, or evidence of a music scene that has drawn the likes of David Bowie and Iggy Pop as one-time residents. The city is also one of Europe’s major startup capitals, with new enterprises opening every week.
That being said, landmarks of eras gone by remain among the city’s biggest attractions. The historic Reichstag wows visitors with its gleaming glass dome, while sections of the graffitied Berlin Wall, which divided the city for almost three decades, still stand in Potsdamer Platz. The iconic Brandenburg Gate has become a symbol of reunification since the wall fell in 1989, and is undoubtedly one of the highlights of any visit.
In summer, it tends to be hot enough to explore the city outdoors, or enjoy a spot of sunbathing in Tiergarten Park.
In winter, visitors flock to Germany’s capital to see glittering Christmas Markets like Berliner Weihnachtszeit, which is set up annually behind Alexanderplatz. Wrap up warm and stroll from stall to stall, buying festive souvenirs and mugs of hot Glühwein in this storybook setting.
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|Most popular time to visit||January–March|
|Cheapest time to visit||October–December|
|Local currency||€ 10 = £8.90|
|Average weekend price||£77 per night|
|Average weekday price||£79 per night|
|Typical stay||2 nights|
We stayed in Berlin for two days and it turned out to be the ideal length of time. We found most of the key tourist sites to be outside so were quite quick to see. On our second evening we went up the Reichstag which was really incredible and we would all highly recommend it to anyone - it is free, just book in advance. You get an amazing view of the whole city. Definitely plan exactly what you're going to do when you go to Berlin, I'm a real fan of wondering around and stumbling across places but Berlin just isn't that kind of city and it was far too cold for that. We tried to go and see the Olympic Stadium but it ended up being the day of a football match so check that out before you go. It looks quite far out of the city but it actually only took us 40mins max. to get to. Travel around Berlin is extremely straight forward, just like the tubes in London, you just have to get used to it. Most places are walkable though. The all day train ticket was 7.70 euros which gave unlimited travel which was great. Also trains run late on Saturdays! The Museum Island is also great, very reasonable entry price, beautiful buildings and lots to see inside. Don't miss the holocaust memorial either, its not at all what I was expecting but when you start walking through it it was really breathtaking. We found Berlin to be a bit of a lifeless city, perhaps it was the time of year. We're glad we went, it's just not a destination we'd go back to, there are far prettier cities that have just as much cultural and historical things to see. P.S. if you like shopping make sure you go to KaDeWe - the largest department store in Europe...go even if you don't!
The diplomatic area beside the Gendarmenmarkt in berlin that i stayed was lovely and clean. Has all the high end stores ie Gucci, Hugo Boss, etc. Theres no nightlife in this area but if you travel 10 or 15 minutes in a taxi you can find places. Taxis work out at about €1 per 1 minute travelled. Alcohol is about half the price compared to Ireland. Drinks like vodka are served as double measures and were between €5 to €7. There are a few things to be aware of when trying to get into night clubs. You have to dress down, if your dressed up they wont let you in, a nice top and jeans and you'll get in, nothing flashy. And If your drinks they wont let you in. The bars and clubs close when thewy want so some bars can be open untill 5am. Alot of clubs will stay open if they are busy, even if thats all night. I would recommend the Matrix club, they play chart music but the dj was amazing and switched the music quickly so you were constantly wanting to be on the dance floor. Alot of the clubs play techno. Amazing place to go partying. Make sure you research the area to see if its quiet or not depending on what you are looking for. There is so much history in this city. Apart from anything to do with the history, i didnt find much else to do. People are generally friendly, like anywhere theres noce and not so nice. I did feel safe walking around this city, even in the early hours of the morning after a night out. All in all its a good place to go see, even just the once.
I have been to Berlin so many times now that I don't use so much time anymore on the usual "things" to do in Berlin as a tourist. However I have to recommend that you visit The Jewish Museum - it is a fantastic museum and so huge that you can spend hours and hours. The Architecture is amazing and they have a very cosy cafe as well. I recommend that you are visiting on a weekday and in the afternoon. Most tourists are getting there when the museum opens and will leave in the afternoon. Oberbaumbrücke is my favourite bridge in Berlin. I love the architecture and I have not been to Berlin if I haven't crossed it :-) (Walk - don't take u-Bahn) If you have children and do understand just a little german I would recommend a visit to the "Puppentheater" (toy theater) museum in Neukölln. It is quit small but they are performing some wonderful plays and then it is very local. Vey easy to find: Just take the u-Bahn to "Karl-Max Strasse" and when you leave it's just on the other side of the street in no 135 Then I have to recommend the cafe Moggmogg situated in Auguststrasse 11-13. Be aware that the cafe is placed inside a brown building (used to be a jewish girlschool) so you can't really see the cafe from outside. The building contains also the Museum Kennedy. Moggmogg has the best pastrami and reuben sandwich among others and their NY cheesecake is to die for :-D.
Just walking around the City you can feel the history , it may not be a pleasant history but this City has come to terms and doing a great job of recovering sensitively . A trip to the remaining parts of the wall , checkpoint charlie , Brandenburg gate, Reichstag and Holocaust memorials etc are a must , don`t miss out the Jewish museum either , this is very interesting as well as moving and emotional at times . Whilst I think everyone should visit the "negative" but none the less real history parts of the City to pay respects and experience the powerful vibes, these days are past , they must not be forgotten , but this City is now moving on and has much to offer visitors , hotels, entertainment, shopping and great restaurants as well as the best local public transportation to get to wherever you want to go .
Visitng the Checkpoint Charlie museum was exceedingly interesting whether you are into modern history or not. We also visited the Brandenberg Gate to pick up a free two and a half hour walking tour with an American guide named George Carillo. This was great, he was so informative, had a good sense of humour and showed took us to the Holocaust Memorial, The Reichstag, Checkpoint Charlie and other places of interest. We tipped him 20 euros, 10 each, great value. One our highlights was eating in the revolving restaurant in the TV Tower , where you have a 360 degree view of Berlin. Potsdamer Platz is a great shopping area, The Mall of Berlin, is a lovely, large indoor shopping centre, outside there are lovely restaurants and bars.
Flew into Schönefeld which is directly connected with public transport to the city. Stayed at the Intercity hotel at Ostbahnhof but there is also one directly next to the Airport. Hotel staff were friendly and efficient,the room clean and comfortable. Restaurant/bar including all you can eat buffet breakfast. One outstanding point is you get free public transport travel for the duration of your stay in Intercity hotels. In Ostbahnhof the station has enough shops to fill a small town! Berlin center is easily reached on the transport network and the hotel provided a map and a timetable. Sections of the Berlin wall, now used as an Artistic display are within walking distance of the hotel.
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