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Berlin

Berlin

Talk about a city of contrasts! One minute you’re following the path where the Berlin Wall stood, reading the graffiti on some of the sections that still stand or feeling the choking emotion that comes over you when you are dwarfed by the plain grey columns that have been erected as a Holocaust memorial. The next you are wandering the peaceful and tranquil paths that wind through the Tiergarten. At Potsdamer Platz, where after reunification, an architectural competition was held and international architects vied for the right to rebuild a complete city district in the heart of the city – talk about modern! One of the most fascinating areas of Berlin is the pre-war Jewish Quarter that has been taken over by contemporary art galleries to create ‘gallery mile’.



SOME THINGS TO SEE AND DO IN BERLIN



Brandenburg Gate BRANDENBURG GATE

Located on Pariser Platz, it’s the last remaining gate from medieval times in the city. Today it is one of Berlin’s most important landmarks and a symbol of the city.

Reichstag REICHSTAG

It’s the seat of the German government, housed the first German Parliament, and remained in use until 1933. In 1918, the German Republic was announced here, and it has hosted many key political historical events. Arrive early or the queue can be quite long, but entry is free and it’s worth the wait.
Tiergarten Park TIERGARTEN PARK

The world’s largest inner-city park. It stretches from Brandenburg Gate in the east to Zoo Station in the west. You’ll definitely want to search out Germany’s oldest zoo, The Zoologischer Garten. With 19,000 species, the zoo houses the most diverse variety of animals in the world. 
Berlin Wall BERLIN WALL 

Not much is left of the wall at its original site but you can find an 80 metre piece at the Topography of Terror, site of the former Gestapo headquarters, halfway between Checkpoint Charlie and Potsdamer Platz. A longer section is along the Spree River near the Oberbaumbrücke, nicknamed East Side Gallery, with 106 graffiti paintings. 

 
Potsdam Cycling Tour POTSDAM CYCLING TOUR

Take a day trip from Berlin and discover UNESCO World Heritage-listed Potsdam. Cycle through park lands and alleyways, explore Prussian and Cold War sites as your English speaking guide recounts historical anecdotes.
Guided Walking Tour GUIDED WALKING TOURS

You learn so much more about the city and its history. Some spots you would walk straight past and have no idea how significant they were otherwise.
Street Food Thursday STREET FOOD THURSDAY

Get a taste of what Berlin has to offer. Sample lots of little snacks from all over the globe. Located at Markthallen Neun between 5pm-8pm every Thursday.




BERLIN ACCOMMODATION



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Holiday Inn Express Berlin City Centre
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS BERLIN CITY CENTRE
★★★
Immersing yourself in Berlin’s history is easy when staying here; Checkpoint Charlie, Topography of Terror and the iconic Brandenburg Gate are only a short stroll away. If you get historied out why not head to Potsdamer Platz, the home of the dazzling Sony Centre! It’s one of the best shopping experiences you will find in Berlin and only a 10 minute walk from the hotel.
Select Hotel
SELECT HOTEL BERLIN CHECKPOINT CHARLIE
★★★half star
What a fantastic location, less than 100 metres walk to Checkpoint Charlie, the most famous border crossing of the Cold War Days, as well as the shopping and eating street, Friedrichstrabe. Spend your days exploring the rich history of the city then in the evening pop back to the hotel bar for a drink before heading out to eat in lively East Berlin.
Crowne Plaza
CROWN PLAZA BERLIN CITY CENTRE
★★★★
The perfect spot to enjoy superior comfort – featuring a pool and sitting directly at the Kurfurstendamm shopping mile! This hotel is in a superb location just minutes from transport, shops, restaurants and beach bars. With so much within your reach you will be spoilt for choice.
Adina Apartment Hotel
ADINA APARTMENT HOTEL BERLIN CHECKPOINT CHARLIE
★★★★
Situated in the historic Mitte district, close to Checkpoint Charlie, this hotel is a great place from which to explore the lively nightlife and the celebrated architecture and museums. Shop until you drop along Friedrichstrasse, the Mitte’s main strip, which is flanked by shopping and restaurant hotspots.





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