Berlin in Germany is a modern flourishing city with lots of things to see and do and is becoming a popular destination for people looking for a short or longer holiday break
. The city has experienced huge changes in the past century, with much of the city been restored or re-built since World War II.
Berlin has three airports, Tegel, Templehof and Schönefield, buses and trains then transport passengers from the airport to the city centre. The approximate journey time by bus from Tegel is half an hour and will cost around €3 euros per person.
Berlin is a diverse city with many areas to visit, you should plan in advance what interests you personally to get the most out of your visit here.
The Berlin Wall was erected in 1961 a symbol of the Cold War; it divided the city of Berlin until 1989. The Brandenburg Gate originally built as a customs post was a significant part of the Berlin Wall it is now the last remaining gate and is one of Berlin’s famous landmarks.
You can enjoy much of the city’s finest architecture while walking, there are guided walking tours available if you prefer, these take in Berlins historical centre and many other places of interest, landmarks and museums. These may benefit you if you are on a short holiday visit
You can opt for a sightseeing tour by bus where you will be taken to the city’s important sights. There are various tours on offer if you choose the circle bus tour you can get on and off at different sights en route, spending more time at the ones that interest you. The bus tours operate throughout the day most run from the centre of West Berlin to the East.
If you prefer, another sightseeing option is by bicycle many of Berlin’s streets have cycle lanes, there are marked bike routes which connect various important places in the city. You will find there are parks and promenades alongside the lakes and canals if you cycle away from the city centre. You can get up to date information and more details from the Tourist Information Offices in the city on the various tour options, accommodation etc.
Berlin is divided into travel zones with various options for getting around from local buses, the S and U Bahn trains and also trams. In the eastern part you can buy one day travel tickets or three day cards etc.
In the summer an interesting enjoyable way to see some of the city is on a leisurely boat trip along the River Spree and Havel short and longer excursions are on offer. You may be interested in the famous museums in the city. The Haus am Checkpoint Charlie Museum gives an insight into the history of the Berlin Wall, some of the displays and exhibits tell the stories of amazing escape attempts.
The Pergamon Museum is divided into different sections, built between 1912 and 1930 it houses antiquities from the near and Middle East, you will see the famous Pergamon Altar in the main hall and reconstructions of ancient buildings including parts of a palace interior which dates from 12th century BC The museum was opened in 1930 it was built specifically to house huge exhibits.
The Berlin Museumsinse (Museum Island) is a unique collection of museums where you can enjoy many varying and important collections.
One of Berlin’s famous streets Unter den Linden is where you will see some of the city’s finest architecture, starting at Schlossplatz and down to the Brandenburg Gate.
If you are looking for bars, cafes, restaurants and shops head for Potsdamer Platz a busy vibrant square where there are entertainment venues and plenty to keep you occupied.
The square was virtually destroyed during the Battle of Berlin in April 1945. A popular attraction on Potsdamer Strasse is the steel and glass building of the Sony Center, the complex was finished in 2000. There are many different shopping streets where you will find bespoke shops, fashion stores and boutiques.
If you are holidaying with children you might like to visit the Amusement Water Park Tropical Island.The Zoological Gardens has over 15,000 animals and is well worth a visit.
You will find accommodation to suit all pockets in Berlin from hostels, guesthouses and hotels. There is something to suit most everyone in and around the city to enable you to have an enjoyable holiday break.