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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.

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Where to stay in Berlin

Mitte which includes modern architecture and a city

Mitte

4.5/5Wonderful!(1,853 area reviews)

Known for its fascinating museums and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in Mitte. Check out top attractions like Reichstag Building and Brandenburg Gate, and jump on the metro at Schwartzkopffstrasse U-Bahn or Reinickendorfer Street U-Bahn to see more of the city.

Mitte
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Kreuzberg

4/5Very Good!(169 area reviews)

Known for its abundant dining options and interesting museums, there's plenty to explore in Kreuzberg. Top attractions like Checkpoint Charlie Museum and Checkpoint Charlie are major draws, and you can catch the metro at Prinzenstrasse U-Bahn or Moritzplatz U-Bahn to see more of the city.

Kreuzberg
Friedrichshain showing outdoor art

Friedrichshain

4/5Very Good!(139 area reviews)

Known for its great bars and fascinating museums, there's plenty to explore in Friedrichshain. You can visit top attractions like Mercedes-Benz Arena and East Side Gallery, and jump on the metro at Frankfurter Gate U-Bahn or Warschauer Straße Station to see more of the city.

Friedrichshain
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Prenzlauer Berg

Consider a visit to Velodrom and take some time to enjoy the lively bars during your time in Prenzlauer Berg. If you want to see more of the city, jump on the metro at Greifswalder Straße S-Bahn or Prenzlauer Allee S-Bahn.

Prenzlauer Berg
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Schoeneberg

4/5Very Good!(163 area reviews)

Kurfürstendamm and Department Store of the West are top sights in Schoeneberg, and you should be sure to explore the popular shops. Hop aboard the metro at Schöneberg S-Bahn or Innsbrucker Platz Station to see more sights in the area.

Schoeneberg
Charlottenburg featuring street scenes and outdoor eating as well as a small group of people

Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf

4.5/5Wonderful!(510 area reviews)

Enjoy the popular shops in Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf. Olympiastadion is a worthwhile stop, and you can jump on the metro at Messe Süd (Eichkamp) S-Bahn or Westkreuz S-Bahn to see more of Berlin.

Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf

Top Hotels in Berlin

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Select Hotel Berlin Gendarmenmarkt
Select Hotel Berlin Gendarmenmarkt
4 out of 5
Charlottenstrasse 66, Berlin, BE
The price is $64 per night

Located in Mitte, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Friedrichstrasse, Gendarmenmarkt, and Konzerthaus Berlin. Checkpoint Charlie and Checkpoint Charlie ...

4.2/5Very Good! (1,792 reviews)

"Nice room, kind staff, the location is great (in the middle of the centre of Berlin). Breakfast was not very well organised. There is no cantine to choose what you want. You have to order by the bar and you can take it with you in a bag. However, you can choose to get breakfast by the l supermarket ..."…"

Reviewed on Jul 3, 2020

Select Hotel Berlin Gendarmenmarkt
Select Hotel Berlin The Wall
Select Hotel Berlin The Wall
4 out of 5
Zimmerstrasse 88, Berlin, BE
The price is $69 per night

Located in Mitte, this hotel is steps from Checkpoint Charlie, Friedrichstrasse, and Checkpoint Charlie Museum. Gendarmenmarkt and Potsdamer Platz are also within ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (1,650 reviews)
Great place to stay in Berlin

"Great place, clean and good location. I will definitely recommend this place."…"

Reviewed on Mar 24, 2020

Select Hotel Berlin The Wall
MEININGER Hotel Berlin Tiergarten
MEININGER Hotel Berlin Tiergarten
3.5 out of 5
Turmstrasse 25-26, Berlin
The price is $46 per night

This family-friendly Berlin hotel is located near the airport, within 2 mi (3 km) of Bellevue Palace, Reichstag Building, and Berlin Zoological Garden. Victory ...

4.3/5Excellent! (909 reviews)

"Very good for the cost of the hotel and booked at very short notice."…"

Reviewed on Mar 17, 2020

MEININGER Hotel Berlin Tiergarten

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.

Popular places to visit in Berlin

Alexanderplatz
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Alexanderplatz

4.5/5(1,176 reviews)

With its stark, 1960s layout, “Alex” is a showcase of Communist-era architecture and a lively central meeting place for locals.

Potsdamer Platz
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Potsdamer Platz

4.5/5(796 reviews)

Berliners come to celebrate their city in this public square, which was leveled during World War II and isolated in the Cold War.

Mercedes-Benz Arena
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Mercedes-Benz Arena

4/5(142 reviews)

Catch an event at Mercedes-Benz Arena during your trip to Berlin. Experience the fascinating museums and acclaimed theater scene in this vibrant area.

Berlin TV Tower
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Berlin TV Tower

4.5/5(603 reviews)

Take in breathtaking views of Berlin and enjoy a meal in a revolving restaurant inside the sphere of this iconic tower, the tallest structure in Germany.

Brandenburg Gate
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Brandenburg Gate

4.5/5(1,309 reviews)

This symbol of German unification ranks alongside Paris' Arc de Triomphe as one of Europe’s most iconic and emotive monuments.

Olympiastadion
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Olympiastadion

4/5(115 reviews)

Catch an event at Olympiastadion during your trip to Berlin. Experience the acclaimed art scene and fascinating museums in this vibrant area.

Top things to do in Berlin

City Center Half-Day Walking Tour
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City Center Half-Day Walking Tour

$20
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Berlin Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Berlin Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

$31
Per adult
74% of travellers recommend
Berlin WelcomeCard
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Berlin WelcomeCard

$26
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

$24
Per adult
76% of travellers recommend
Sachsenhausen Memorial Tour from Berlin
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Sachsenhausen Memorial Tour from Berlin

$20
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Skip the Line: Mauermuseum Checkpoint Charlie Entrance Ticket Berlin
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Skip the Line: Mauermuseum Checkpoint Charlie Entrance Ticket Berlin

$17
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Berlin

4.5

Top Destination

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3 - Okay 5.6612749762131305%
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5/5 - Excellent

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!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Apr 7, 2020

My best lovely town

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 19, 2020

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

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 19, 2020

Always a great city to visit.

5/5 - Excellent

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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