Striding confidently forward into an exciting future, the city of Berlin holds many modern and historic treasures for visitors...
Wherever you choose to stay, booking a Berlin hotel will ensure you are close to something worth seeing. Landmark attractions, such as the Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie and the Reichstag, draw crowds, while museums offer unique views of the city and its past. Berlin also plays host to one of the most diverse nightlife scenes on the planet.
There is plenty to do and see in lively Berlin. Many tourists wish to delve into the history of the city, which was once famously divided by the Berlin Wall into East Berlin and West Berlin.
The capital city of Germany has thrived since the wall came down in 1989, but visions of Berlin as a built-up metropolis should be dismissed; a third of the city is covered in parkland, forests, gardens and waterways - including the River Spree. The central Tiergarten is a huge expanse of greenery with walks and trails as well as monuments and places to enjoy the frequent events held in the park. At one end of the park is Berlin's Zoo, a popular attraction for families.
The best hotels in Berlin for eager sightseers are located in the central areas. Roughly speaking, there are two main centres...
In former East Berlin, Mitte is where the action's at. Charlottenburg, of the former west, is the centre of tourism.
In Mitte, which is home to many of Berlin's galleries and museums and an ideal base for lovers of culture, there are a few notable areas. Friedrichshain is a buzzing inner-city spot with a number of budget Berlin hotels. It's a great location for forays into Berlin's nightlife. Pankow, on the border of Mitte, is a leafy district with good access to the central areas and a wide choice of good-value accommodation.
The areas in the triangle formed by the public squares of Potsdamer Platz, Alexanderplatz and Friedrichstrasse, are popular for luxury hotels.
Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf, while not as lively as Mitte, features tree-lined avenues and international shopping. Four- and five-star hotels can be booked in this area.
Berlin hotels are well known for being clean and well equipped, and often cheaper compared to other European cities. As befits a capital city, you can find all the big names such as Best Western, Intercontinental, Mercure, Holiday Inn, NH Hotels, Rocco Forte, Waldorf Astoria, Radisson Blu, Maritim, Melia, Hilton and Citadines. You can also find a couple of properties from the award-winning budget Generator hostels brand.
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With so much to see, we have rounded up the top attractions we would recommend on a visit...
A former city gate, which used to lead to the Prussian city palace, these days the structure is an unmistakable and proud landmark of Berlin at one end of the Tiergarten.
This is an historic and impressive building, only renovated in recent years after near destruction. The glass dome within the roof attracts visitors keen for a remarkable city skyline view. Pre-book online to avoid queues.
The iconic TV tower is situated in Alexanderplatz and is a must-visit location. Ride the lifts up the 200m high tower for stunning views across the city. Enjoy a meal or drink as the tower slowly revolves.
Jewish Museum Berlin
Also known as the Jüdisches Museum Berlin, the intriguing architecture of this building is as captivating as the huge collection of German-Jewish history.
Berlin Wall Memorial
A haunting and close-up look at the former border wall, located in Bernauer Strasse. There is an accompanying museum and plenty of information to help you understand the history and affect the wall had on Berliners.
Palaces and Parks of Potsdam
Take a break from the hustle and bustle of Berlin to savour the peace and beauty of Potsdam's parks and palaces. Great public transport will whisk you from the central areas of Berlin to Potsdam in 30 minutes.
The German version of Harrods is a wonderful department store stocked with every type of product you can imagine, including a fantastic food hall and places to eat and drink. Find gifts, designer goods and much more in this Berlin institution.
If you are looking to make more of your stay in Berlin, why not try visiting when one of these events is taking place?
Carnival of Cultures (Karneval der Kulturen); May/June: Berlin's cultural diversity is celebrated during this event, when parades and carnivals dominate the programme and thousands join the fun.
Christopher Street Day Parade; June: Lively, colourful and fun, this parade should not be missed if you find yourself in Berlin in summer.
Christmas markets; December: Keen bargain hunters will want to visit as many of the dozens of markets as possible. There are charming traditional markets and hip urban markets. One of the most famous takes place at Charlottenburg Castle.