Berlin Travel Information
Berlin is one of the most captivating cities in Europe, Germany's exciting capital
is a joy to discover for all ages. The fusion of excellent modern
architecture with poignant reminders of Berlin's turbulent history has
created a wonderful metropolis that continues to change.
You can enjoy superb museums, brilliant shopping, spacious parks and unsurpassed
nightlife. Not to be missed is the famous department store KaDeWe, the
renowned Ku'damm shopping district and exquisite glimpses of pre-war
Berlin along the beautifully restored Unter Den Linden avenue.
This diverse and vibrant city will delight you time and time again!
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Berlin Travel and Flight
An extremely cosmopolitan and vibrant capital city covering an area
of 11km by 9.5km, the
story of Berlin is a true "tale of two cities". It was originally two small
market towns (Berlin and Colln) which then merged in the 1300s when it
became home to the Prussian ruling family. It split again after World War
when it was divided by the Wall into west and the eastern Communist sectors.
The Wall eventually came down in 1989 and it is very hard to find any
evidence of it. Now through extensive regeneration and commercial building
projects have transformed the city landscape.
Areas such as Potsdamer
Platz, Alexanderplatz and Friedrichstrasse have shed any reminders of
the city's grim past while old warehouses, factories and residential
buildings in formerly downtrodden parts have been converted into stylish
hotel and entertainment complexes, drawing in the cafe-life and shopping
Berlin is made from 12 districts. Those of most
interest to visitors include the old, historic district of Mitte
(formerly in east Berlin) where you'll find Unter den Linden boulevard,
the Brandenburg Gate and Museumsinsel, an island in the Spree with five
museums; Tiergarten, a park area with waterways and a zoo, lined on the
north side by ministry buildings, foreign embassies and the Reichstag;
and Charlottenburg, Berlin's main commercial centre and home to the
famous shopping thoroughfare, Kurfurstendamm.
The former east districts
of Prenzlauer Berg and Friedrichshain offer lively nightlife
opportunities, while Kreuzberg to the south has become the centre for
the more alternative, multicultural side of city life.
In the north east of Germany, 80km west of the
Polish border. 29km east of Potsdam. 273km south east of Hamburg. 8km
south east is Berlins Tegel international airport, 11km north west of Tempelhof
international airport and 19km north west of Schonefeld international
The City is located in a wide valley, sprawling
along both banks of the Spree River. Surrounded by largely flat,
extensive countryside dotted with forest-rimmed lakes.
Places to Stay
Hotels cover the full range, although most
of the new properties are at the upper end of the market. Many low-cost
properties are around the Zoologischer Garten area; choice of deluxe 5-star
options in the Stadtmitte area. There are not many properties offering
air conditioning which may be a necessity in the peak summer months.
What to Do
Daytime: exploring the city;
numerous museums including Egyptian, Jewish, history of the Wall (on the
site of Checkpoint Charlie) and those on Museumsinsel; castles and
churches including Charlottenburg palace and Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial
church; Spandau with its 16th-century citadel and medieval old town;
Olympia Stadium (a good example of Nazi architecture); Karl-Marx-Allee
in Friedrichshain for examples of Stalinist architecture; many parks;
aquarium; lake bathing on Wannsee (south west Berlin) and Muggelsee
(east Berlin); swimming pools; sailing; ice-skating. Many festivals
including a cultural festival in Sept, a carnival in May and jazz in
Nightlife: busy and varied with bars, clubs, live-music
venues, beer gardens, cafes, theatres, cabaret shows, cinemas (many
showing films in their original language), opera and concerts (rock, pop
and classical). Comprehensive coverage in the central districts, with
upmarket clubs and bars among the chic courtyards of Hackescher Markt
and along Oranienburger Strasse in Mitte; alternative clubs and bars
popular with students in Friedrichshain; more traditional taverns in the
riverside Nikolai quarter. There are no official closing times, so many
places stay open around the clock.
Descover the famous Museum Island in eastern Berlin which includes the
National Gallery and the Pergamon museum, home of numerous words of
ancient art. The new cupola of Reichstag, the seat of Parliament, is
open to visitors until late evening and is well worth seeing.
The restored Unter den Linden avenue, sweeping eastwards from the
impressive Brandenburg Gate, has regained its former glory as the
historic heart of the capital. Visit Charlottenburg Palace, restored and
furnished with 18th century Prussian furniture.
Brandenburg Gate, Berlin
The House at Checkpoint Charlie museum and the East Side Gallery, the
name given to one of the last remaining segments of the Berlin Wall,
provide moving reminders of the post-war division of this compelling
The Kufurstendamm or 'Ku'Damm' provides 2 miles of superb shopping.
Friedrichstrasse in the east of the city, with its exclusive Quartier
206 designer fashion mall and Galaries Lafayette department store, makes
an attractive alternative or try the new Potsdamer Platz Arkaden.
The largest department store on the Continent, KaDeWe, at
Wittenbergplatz is a must.
KaDeWe, Shopping Mall
A variety of flea and antique markets take place throughout the year,
whilst traditional Christmas markets are held daily from late November
through to the end of December.
huge choice from German (mainly nouvelle cuisine rather than
traditional fare), Italian and French to Turkish, Thai, Japanese, Jewish
and Russian. Something to suit all pockets, from upmarket dining at
Gendarmenmarkt to the usual fast-food chains. Smart coffee houses in
Stadtmitte. Boat and barge restaurants, even a couple of "dine in the
dark" options which is said to heighten your sense of taste!
Most shops are found in former west Berlin,
particularly around the Kurfurstendamm area, which is home to
high-quality department stores and fashion shops like KaWeDe. However,
other areas are offering competition, Friedrichstrasse and
Hackescher Markt in Mitte and an increasing number of shopping malls
have sprung up, including the Arkaden centre on Potsdamer Platz.
Smart boutiques along Unter den Linden and in the Stadtmitte area. Good
selection of markets including weekend flea markets, particularly on
Strasse des 17 Juni; a Turkish market on Maybachufer in Neukolln; and a
large Christmas market in Spandau.
Half day tours: lake, canal and river boat trips.
Full day tours: historic Potsdam
with its palaces, particularly Schloss Sanssouci; Pfaueninsel (Peacock
Island) wildlife sanctuary; Sachsenhausen in Oranienburg, a memorial and
museum on the site of a former Nazi concentration camp; tours of
surrounding countryside; Baltic coast at Rostock.
An extensive and efficient public transport system operates throughout
the city of Berlin with busses, trams, underground and suburban rail.
Taxis are plentiful and run on meters.
An efficient, frequent underground (U-Bahn) and
commuter train service (S-Bahn), a good bus network and plentiful taxis;
trams in east Berlin. Bus numbers 100 and 200 pass many tourist sights
between the zoological gardens and Alexanderplatz (30 mins ride). Car
travel is difficult and parking a problem. Cycle hire. Day tickets may
be purchased at the machines on each station.
Who is it
Berlin has something for everyone, especially young people and couples. A popular
all year-round short-break destination.
Various direct flights from the UK to Berlin airport are
available at discount rates.
Discount hotel rates and city breaks in Berlin are also available to book
at Hessle Travel, give us a call for a quote.
Berlin boasts many parks and lakes for daytime relaxing, whilst its
unrivalled nightlife offers something for everyone from classical
concerts, opera and jazz to cost pubs, fashionable bars and cutting-edge
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Berlin by Hessle Travel
> The largest city in Germany with 24% of its surface area made
up of forests and lakes
> See a unique view of the city from the roof of the Reichstag and
Dome designed by Sir Norman Foster
> The Juedisches Museum became an attraction to the public because of
its distinctive architecture even before its opening in October 2000
Juedisches Museum, Berlin
> Visit Gendarmenmarkt which is arguable the most beautiful square in
> Go shopping on Friedrichsstrasse, the Bond Street of Berlin
Book yourself a flight or city break to Berlin with Hessle Travel.