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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.

Tonight

From £38 per night

This weekend

From £81 per night

Next weekend

From £63 per night

Most popular time to visit July–September
Cheapest time to visit January–March
Local currency € 10 = £9.08
Language German
Average weekend price £86 per night
Average weekday price £96 per night
Typical stay 2 nights

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What other travellers say about Berlin

8.0

This is a very clean, safe city.

11 December 2018

This is a very clean, safe city. Most everyone speaks English to some degree, and many of the storefront signs are in English as well as German. American fast food culture is noticeable, in the form of Starbucks, McDonald's, KFC and Burger King. However, donairs are by far the most plentiful fare. The public transit is excellent, with buses, subways and LRT all seamlessly meshing to get you from here to there, including to and from the Tegel airport. By far the most memorable place we visited was the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp in the Oranienberg suburb of Berlin. I had never heard of this camp, but the tour guide Lucy from Australia was simply excellent. She knew her stuff cold (which reminds me, it was frigid on the day we went - dress warmly!), and left us with a real sense of the horror that went on there. The Berlin Cathedral was also worth the visit, with an excellent audio guide. We also played tourist at Checkpoint Charlie, and got souvenir passport stamps to prove it. I wish we'd had time to see the Reichstag and the Pergamon and Neues Museums on Museum Island, but maybe next time. We also heard (too late to do anything about it) that Potsdam would be worth a look for its castles/palaces, including Frederick the Great's. All told, Berlin was well worth the visit.

Anonymous Canada
10

Great place to visit as this time of year as Berliners start...

10 December 2018

Great place to visit as this time of year as Berliners start to get ready for Christmas. It is cold and can get wet, but if you dress appropriately, there is no reason not to enjoy the atmosphere. Also the main attractions, museums etc. Remain open

Cameron
Cameron United Kingdom
10

Berlin has something for everyone.

8 December 2018

Berlin has something for everyone. It is traditional and modern, beautifully clean and very easy to navigate from the airport and around the city. The Berlin ABC card is fantastic value for money and I would advise everyone to get it.

e
e United Kingdom
10

Such an amazing city and what a different culture to...

8 December 2018

Such an amazing city and what a different culture to experience!!! This was my second time going and I'm Gona be booking another trip next year sometime. So much to see and do I.e checkpoint Charlie, soviet war memorial, Brandenburg Gate, The Reichstag, Berlin Wall, Alexanderplatz, PotzDamer Platz, the Media Tower, Sauchausen Concentration Camp through in Oranienburh, Museum Island, Seine boat trip, East Berlin etc........ If your Gona book a trip make sure you buy a travel guide book and research what you wana do and go and see so you don't waste time fumbling about all the streets.... The Xmas Markets are Unreal, makes the Edinburgh One look like a car boot sale

Gary
Gary United Kingdom
10

Berlin is an easy city to get around on the public transport...

8 December 2018

Berlin is an easy city to get around on the public transport system. The TxL bus from Tegel Airport is a cheap way to get into the city centre. If you are travelling with children then Berlin zoo is a good day out.

Trudi
Trudi United Kingdom
10

Sandemans free walking tour is the perfect start to...

7 December 2018

Sandemans free walking tour is the perfect start to introduce you to the city. I found it wasn't long enough for someone more interested in the history and so I continued with The Third Reich Tour which was also incredible. The guided tours make you see more than you would if you went by yourself. Such as the little gold memorials in the paths. I would also recommend a vist to Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Memorial if you are interested in history; very somber but very rewarding tour.

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joannemcalister Sweden

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