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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.

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Where to stay in Berlin

Hotel Riu Plaza Berlin
Hotel Riu Plaza Berlin
4 out of 5
Martin Luther Strasse 1, Berlin, Berlin
The price is $79 per night from Jun 19 to Jun 19
Located in Schoeneberg, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Department Store of the West, Berlin Zoological Garden, and Europa Center. Wittenbergplatz ...
4.4/5Excellent! (989 reviews)
"The complimentary parking is an advantage ."

Reviewed on Jun 13, 2021

Hotel Riu Plaza Berlin
Hotel Berlin, Berlin
Hotel Berlin, Berlin
4.5 out of 5
Lützowplatz 17, Berlin, BE
The price is $89 per night from Jun 26 to Jun 26
Located in Mitte, this luxury hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Potsdamer Platz, Brandenburg Gate, and Reichstag Building. Checkpoint Charlie Museum and Galeries ...
4.2/5Very Good! (2,529 reviews)
stylish decor!
"Stylish decor, good location, a little noisy from folks in room above us...... would recommend"

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2020

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Hotel Adlon Kempinski
Hotel Adlon Kempinski
5 out of 5
Unter Den Linden 77, Berlin, BE
The price is $307 per night from Jun 20 to Jun 20
Located in Mitte, this luxury hotel is steps from Madame Tussauds and Brandenburg Gate. Potsdamer Platz is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) away. Brandenburger Gate Station is ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (992 reviews)
"A truly superb hotel - utterly flawless"

Reviewed on Oct 1, 2020

Hotel Adlon Kempinski
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.
Lux 11 Berlin Mitte
Lux 11 Berlin Mitte
4 out of 5
Rosa-Luxemburg-Str. 9-13, Berlin
The price is $112 per night from Jul 4 to Jul 4
Located in Mitte, this boutique aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Torstrasse, Alexanderplatz, and Berlin TV Tower. DDR Museum and Hackescher Markt are ...
4.2/5Excellent! (743 reviews)
"Great location, the app to check-in and unlock was a great idea. Great quality rooms."

Reviewed on Aug 26, 2020

Lux 11 Berlin Mitte
The Mandala Suites Berlin
The Mandala Suites Berlin
4 out of 5
Friedrichstr.185-190, Berlin, BE
The price is $223 per night from Jul 5 to Jul 5
Located in Mitte, this boutique aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Friedrichstrasse, Gendarmenmarkt, and Konzerthaus Berlin. Checkpoint Charlie and Checkpoint ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (828 reviews)
Mandala Suites
"Excellent location in the centre of Berlin. All staff spoke excellent English. Comfortable bed and good shower. Everything very clean. The lounge section was not very comfortable or "lounge like", just a room with three single chairs and a desk."

Reviewed on Oct 6, 2020

The Mandala Suites Berlin
VISIONAPARTMENTS Berlin Otto-Braun-Strasse
VISIONAPARTMENTS Berlin Otto-Braun-Strasse
3.5 out of 5
Otto-Braun-Strasse 67, Berlin, BE
Located in Mitte, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Torstrasse and Alexanderplatz. Berlin TV Tower and Hackescher Markt are also within 15 ...
4/5Very Good! (159 reviews)
NY in Berlin
"The location is great, close to public transportation. Which also meant the tram line goes around the property, which can be rather loud. The apartment is as shown on pics. I was rather concerned with the negative reviews but experienced none of the general complaints myself. I also requested for ..."

Reviewed on Jan 2, 2020

VISIONAPARTMENTS Berlin Otto-Braun-Strasse
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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