Berlin

Travel Guide
Museum Island showing a city and street scenes
With the relics of its turbulent past transformed afresh through street art, chic neighborhoods and repurposed architecture, Germany’s capital embraces old and new.

Discover Berlin’s inimitable charisma when you explore the city’s lively streets. Wander through modern plazas or tree-lined cobblestone boulevards and stumble across spacious old town squares and canal-side parks. Split into 12 distinct boroughs, Berlin’s history can be read in each streetscape. See the scars of World War II and the Cold War in the city’s revered ruins and get a taste of the city’s multiculturalism in its modern cafés and restaurants.

Mitte is Berlin’s historic center and remains an important central hub. Visit this borough to see Alexanderplatz dwarfed by the iconic Fernsehturm television tower. Walk along the Spree River and check out some of Mitte’s historic landmarks, such as the Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag building and the magnificent old museum buildings on Museum Island. Don’t miss seeing the medieval town of Nikolaiviertel, or be awed by the contrasting ultra-modern architecture of Potsdamer Platz. Nearby, see the historic Cold War monument, Checkpoint Charlie, or walk around the poignant Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe.

Explore the Zoologischer Garten Berlin in spacious Tiergarten. Go shopping in streets lined with boutique and designer stores or check out independent galleries and showrooms in Mitte, Prenzlauerberg and Kreuzberg. Renowned for cultural diversity and artists’ enclaves, Kreuzberg and its neighbors, Neukölln and Friedrichshain, are exciting boroughs bursting with lively bars, clubs and cafés. Check out the street-art monument to the city’s 1989 reunification at the East Side Gallery or relax with a local pilsner on a grassy lawn in Görlitzer Park or Hasenheide. Nearby, skateboarders, cyclists and inline skaters are welcome on the repurposed tarmac at Tempelhofer Feld, the sprawling parkland of the city’s former airport. If the weather is warm, don’t miss soaking up some sunshine at one of the city’s tree-lined lakes, such as Wannsee.

Berlin is located in northeastern Germany and is serviced by several international airports. Rent a bicycle to explore the city or enjoy its fast and efficient public transit service. Visit in summer to experience the city in full swing or explore the quaint historic neighborhoods in winter to discover charming Christmas markets.

Where to stay in Berlin

IntercityHotel Berlin Hauptbahnhof
IntercityHotel Berlin Hauptbahnhof
Katharina Paulus Strasse 5, Berlin, BE, 10557
The price is $89 per night from Jul 17 to Jul 18
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Berlin. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and room service. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,125 reviews)
"Great hotel close to the central station!"

Reviewed on Jun 29, 2022

IntercityHotel Berlin Hauptbahnhof
Hotel Berlin, Berlin
Hotel Berlin, Berlin
4.5 out of 5
Lützowplatz 17, Berlin, BE, 10785
The price is $175 per night from Jul 3 to Jul 4
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Berlin. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in our ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,672 reviews)
"Very nice property overall, only real issues were the lack of a functioning AC and inconsistent Wi-Fi."

Reviewed on Jun 24, 2022

Hotel Berlin, Berlin
H4 Hotel Berlin Alexanderplatz
H4 Hotel Berlin Alexanderplatz
4 out of 5
Karl Liebknecht Strasse 32, Berlin, BE, 10178
The price is $98 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 2
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Berlin. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and 24-hour room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (945 reviews)
"Very well kept rooms, very modern. Staff are all lovely and very helpful."

Reviewed on Jun 30, 2022

H4 Hotel Berlin Alexanderplatz
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Hotel City Green Berlin
Hotel City Green Berlin
3 out of 5
Bruno-Taut-Straße 4-6, Berlin, 12524
The price is $84 per night from Jul 17 to Jul 18
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly aparthotel in Berlin. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the WiFi and the spacious rooms in ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (124 reviews)
"Clean"

Reviewed on Jun 18, 2022

Hotel City Green Berlin
Mondrian Suites Berlin Checkpoint Charlie
Mondrian Suites Berlin Checkpoint Charlie
4.5 out of 5
Markgrafenstrasse 16 - 16a, Berlin, BE, 10969
The price is $97 per night from Jul 17 to Jul 18
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury aparthotel in Berlin. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,424 reviews)
"We stayed in a one-bedroom apartment. It was a good value and the space was very functional. Pros: Nice staff, large bathroom, good storage, lots of outlets, laundry machines in basement, good access to transit, nice lobby, nearby groceries, comfortable bed, full kitchen. Cons: There are many tall ..."

Reviewed on Jun 24, 2022

Mondrian Suites Berlin Checkpoint Charlie
Country Inn Hotel Phöben
Country Inn Hotel Phöben
3.5 out of 5
Phöbener Chausseestraße 30b, Werder (Havel), 14542
The price is $87 per night from Jul 3 to Jul 4
Stay at this 3.5-star golf aparthotel in Werder. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and room service. Our guests praise the quiet rooms and the property condition in ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (152 reviews)
"most comfortable stay and sleep"

Reviewed on Jan 27, 2020

Country Inn Hotel Phöben
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Getting around Berlin

Berlin is best explored by public transportation, on foot and by bike. Car rental isn’t generally needed here. The S-Bahn (overground train) and U-Bahn (underground train) networks are speedy and comprehensive, taking in most of the city. There are also trams and buses, as well as miles of bike lanes. You may also prefer to travel by taxi, either by hailing one on the street or booking one in advance. Visit the Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe website. Browse Berlin rental cars.

Best time to visit

Any time between May and September would be ideal for a Berlin visit. Although these are the busiest months of the year, they are also the ones with the best weather and the most to do. Find the city’s outdoor spaces filled with life during these months. Try to avoid winter unless you don’t mind the cold. Winter temperatures can be as low as 29 F (2 C), with January being the coldest month.

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Hoaddaddy

Apr 12, 2020

Berlin remains a jewel of Europe! Completely navigable with the Citymapper and BVG Apps; Berlin is a pedestrian-friendly city with copious bicycle and scoot rentals to get help you get around!

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Verified traveler

Apr 7, 2020

My best lovely town

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Verified traveler

Mar 19, 2020

It was wonderful and there were so many cool things to see there

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Mar 19, 2020

Always a great city to visit.

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Betsy

Mar 17, 2020

Wonderful cosmopolitan city. Young and vibrant.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 16, 2020

Get the museum pass! It is a great deal, and if you plan well, you can make it through the big museums in town

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