1 miles from city centre
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||July–September|
|Cheapest time to visit||January–March|
|Local currency||€ 10 = £8.59|
|Average weekend price||£77 per night|
|Average weekday price||£82 per night|
|Typical stay||2 nights|
Great city with an unfiltered view of it's own history and Germany. If you visit other areas of Germany, you may get a very filtered view. Berlin gives you the real deal of how everything went down, and reality from a global perspective.
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.
I've used the hotel several times for work - and extended the stay for a weekend in Berlin. Location is quiet, but good transport links with the underground 200 yards away, and the likes of Checkpoint Charlie only a 20min walk. Hotel is nice, though my room this time wasn't as nice as previous trips, but was still very comfy and super clean. Staff are great and all speak excellent English (if you don't speak German) and the breakfast is simple, but plentyful. I'd stay again for sure, whether it be for business or with the family.
Obviously doing the main attractions; Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie... We stayed in Kreuzberg which was a nice area to explore. There is a metro nearby. If you are interested in Air raid shelters? Check out Berliner Unterwelten website. There is the 'Fichtebunker' about 30 minutes walk from Hotel; Very much worth a visit. I loved the area around the bunker too. Kind of Shabby Sheik. Eastside gallery is nearby too.. I would definitely recommend doing a 3.5 hour cruise of the river Spree (I booked online around £20 but wasn't in English as stated, they gave you a guide book, good enough; though I'd preferred English speaking tour. Incidentally neither the 'Air raid shelter tours nor boat cruise had anything to do with this hotel; though I'm sure you can book via the hotel some things..) You can hire bikes for 12 euros a day from hotel. It's a Huge hotel/hostel that attracts either school groups or similar; of teenagers/late teens... Could be a bit noisy at times but I had no problems in sleeping at night, all in all a good place to stay. :)
Berlin is a great city, very impressive, much diversity and many old and impressive buildings as well as monuments. I was just there for a concert, so 2 sleepovers, and honestly, I could easily have used an additional day. A downside which is truly a shame though, is all the graffiti. a thing to note is also, that the elder population doesn't understand English, which makes life a little harder for non-German speaking tourists. But, the people I've encountered in my need for guidance (mainly directions, but anyways), the German populace is very helpful, and will do what they can to assist you. I got lost a some point, and a few people I asked for assistance in re-finding my hotel, and they could "only" give me a general idea of which direction to go, even apologized for not being of better assistance, it's somewhat nice, but a bit of a shame, since I don't think they realize how much of a help it is, to get told: "you need to go in that direction." when you have absolutely no idea of which direction to go. really helpful and understanding people. other than those unable to understand English (which isn't really that big a deal considering how easy it is to encounter someone who can), I can only recommend the populace of Berlin, so don't be discouraged, or otherwise worried, of the people of Berlin, they will attempt to help you. You need only to ask. I ate at my hotel, although I wasn't fully satisfied with the amount of food on my plate, nor the amount of sauce used, it tasted great. about getting around, I took a cab to get around, if you don't have a sense of direction (like myself), getting lost is quite easy, but I think that's the case regardless of where you travel to, if it's your first time visiting.
December is a great time to visit Berlin with all of the Christmas markets. The metro is very convenient for getting around so there is no need for a car. There is a lot of new construction in what used to be East Berlin. I'd definitely try out the hotel accommodations there the next time I visit. I've heard that the countryside surrounding Berlin is very nice in the summer. Supposed to be lots of lakes. Think I will check that out next time also.
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