Berlin City Breaks
Germany's capital is a city of culture and history. Berlin city breaks offer an abundance of things to see and do. Visit one of the many art museums located around the city or, if art isn't your thing, relax with a beer and a traditional bratwurst sausage that can be purchased from the many delis and butchers located around this captivating city. The annual Berlin Christmas Market is popular with visitors who come to enjoy the culinary delights these local chefs have to offer.
The impressive buildings give way to a leafy oasis of gardens and lakes, ideal for a picnic with friends or a relaxing break from touring the city's many architectural monuments. Berlin is a must for history lovers; everything from National Socialism to the post-war divide is present in the memory and etched into the cityscape.
For those keen to spend a few Euros, Berlin has something for everyone. KaDeWe, the biggest department store in continental Europe, and the new designer boutiques along the Friedrichstraße are well worth a visit. Berlin, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe, is an ideal city break location.
The legendary Brandenburg Gate and the glass-domed Reichstag are highly recommended alongside contemporary attractions like the bustling Potsdamer Platz. The Potsdamer Platz is one of the most creative complexes in the capital, attracting up to 100,000 visitors a year and a popular attraction for those looking for an active break. A hive of originality and variety, people come to the square to experience the combination of shopping, entertainment and artistic flair on show. Berlin is popular with those on nearby Potsdam City Breaks, as the city's good rail links and bus routes offer ease of travel in and around the city.
For a more in-depth look at the city, check out our definitive guide to a Berlin city break.
Did you know?
Around a third of Berlin is made up by green spaces (parks, lakes, forests), giving you plenty of space for outdoor activities such as cycling and kayaking.
- Flight time from London: 1hr 30min
- Schonefeld International Airport: 18km from the city centre; transfer time about 25 min
- Tegel Airport: 8km for the city centre; transfer time about 17min
- Nearest railway station: Berlin Hbf
- Currency: Euro
The Insider Walking Tour:
This tour will give you an insight into the history of Berlin, from rule under the Prussian kings, through Hitlers' Third Reich, to the Cold War. You will visit the Berlin Wall and the former Death Strip, the site of Hitler's Bunker and the new bunker excavations, Checkpoint Charlie, the Reichstag with its glass dome, Victory Column, Brandenburg Gate and Potsdamer Platz, as well as the twin cathedrals on Gendarmenplatz, Museum Island, Palast der Republik, Berliner Dom, Unter den Linden and many more sights. Prices start at £12pp (3 hours 45 minutes including guide.)
City Circle Yellow Tour:
This tour offers an ideal way to explore the city of Berlin and visit the main tourist highlights in one day. You will see sights such as; the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, Potsdamer Square, the Town Hall, Fernsehturm, Unter Den Linden, the Brandenburg Gate, the Victory Column, Charlottenburg Palace and many more. Make as many stops as you like and continue your trip on the next available bus. Your ticket is valid for a full day during the hours of operation. Prices start at £18pp including coach transport.
History of Berlin
Visit the remains of the Berlin Wall (East Side Gallery and Checkpoint Charlie), the world famous Field of Steles with its Information Centre 'Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe', and the Jewish Museum to learn about Jewish life in Germany
Stroll along the boulevard Unter den Linden
Berlin's most beautiful avenue leading from Pariser Platz at the Brandenburg Gate to the Schlossbrücke.
Berlin TV Tower
Take in unbeatable 360-degree views of Berlin from the Fernsehturm viewing platform, Germany's tallest structure.
A splendid baroque palace with a park built as a summer residence for Queen Sophie Charlotte, the wife of Frederick III.
One of Europe's most beautiful squares with the German and French Cathedral.
Venture to the top of the Reichstag glass dome in the centre of Berlin's governmental district.
Visit Checkpoint Charlie Museum
Stand in a hot spot of the Cold War, the location of the famed tower that symbolised East-West tension.
East Side Gallery
Visit the colourful remains of the Berlin Wall.
Germany's most iconic monument was once a symbol of a divided city but now stands as a tribute to peace and unity. As you cross from one side to the other, escape the noise of the city in the 'Room of Silence'.
As well as being one of Germany's largest urban green spaces, the Tiergarten is home to the largest zoo in Europe (which recently received two pandas). You can stroll along the many paths, visit the Bellevue Palace or sit in the charming Café am Neuen See.
Speaking of green spaces within the city, Berlin has turned the abandoned Tempelhof Airport into a trendy place to hang out. Locals and tourists come here to ride their bikes, have a picnic, fly a kite or walk their dog.
Kurfürstendamm and Tauentzienstraß
The upper part of Kurfürstendamm and the adjacent Tauentzienstraße are especially popular with younger people for their high street names. The area around Adenauerplatz is the most exclusive part of Kurfürstendamm boulevard with many designer stores.
Friedrichstraße boulevard exudes a flair of the twenties. With its newly decorated buildings, exclusive offices and coffee shops, visitors will discover a slice of New York in the heart of Berlin.
This traditional shopping boulevard offers a huge number of shops and department stores very close to each other.
Hackescher Markt/Spandauer Vorstadt
The Hackescher Markt and its courtyards are a must-see for Berlin visitors. Here, you will find a huge variety of unique art and fashion stores as well as many restaurants and bars.
A visit to the Nikolaiviertel, a district reconstructed in the style of the Middle Ages, is a very special experience. Besides many museums and the beautiful Nikolai Church, the area offers numerous small souvenir and antique shops.
KaDeWe (Kaufhaus des Westens)
This huge luxury department store was established nearly a century ago. A special highlight is the food section located on the sixth floor where you can find a variety of more than 1,000 German sausages together with a vast choice of delicacies from all over the world.
Here, you will find Paris in Berlin. This modern department store was designed by Jean Nouvel and boasts a spectacular interior. The French food department is an absolute must.
Popular with actors and politicians, this true Berlin institution is particularly famous for its delicious Wiener Schnitzel.
Café Wintergarten im Literaturhaus
This lovely Art Nouveau building with its idyllic garden is extremely popular for a light lunch or afternoon tea.
Café Kranzler, Kurfürstendamm
A traditional and world-renowned café-restaurant with a fantastic terrace.
Eat a currywurst (sausage) at Curry 36
Try Berlin's legendary local delicacy.
Fassbender and Rausch
Discover over 200 varieties of chocolates and truffles.
This giant food market will give you hunger pangs even if you have only just eaten your lunch. There is a wide range of local and European producers offering delicious treats to eat now or take home with you.
Prenzlauer Berg: The Prenzlauer Berg district is one of the most visited areas at night. Here, you will find world cuisine restaurants and numerous bars and pubs.
Hackesche Höfe: With its many famous restaurants, bars and clubs, this part of Berlin is one of the most popular spots in Berlin. Around the corner in the lively Mitte district where you will find numerous bars, restaurants, art galleries and theatres (i.e. Oranienburger Strasse).
Savigny-Platz: A lively area full in Berlin's Charlottenburg district buzzing with bars and restaurants.
Gendarmenmarkt: One of Berlin's upmarket areas with first-class restaurants and exclusive bars.
Nikolaiviertel: In the small alleyways of the historical Nikolaiviertel district you will find plenty of traditional wine taverns and pubs serving local cuisine.
IGA Berlin 2017
April 13th to October 15th
The International Horticultural Exhibition comes to berlin to showcase gardens of the past, present and future. The event will last 186 days and see a cable car built in the city to offer a bird's eye view.
Long Night of the Sciences
24th June 2017
Science laboratories and institutions are opened up to the public late into the night so that guided tours and educational lectures can be offered.
International Beer Festival Berlin
4th - 6th August 2017
The International Berlin Beer Festival offers the chance to taste hundreds of different beers from all over the world. The streets are alive with music, dancing and, of course, drinking as everyone enjoys the party atmosphere.
Long Night of the Museums
26th August 2017
Similar to the Long Night of Sciences, the Long Night of Museums sees some of the city's most loved educational attractions open late. Some even hold concerts and other unusual activities to celebrate.
9th - 10th September 2017
As one of America's biggest and most loved music festivals, Lollapalooza now has different branches in South America and Europe. As well as events in Santiago, Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires, Paris and, of course, Chicago, the Hoppegarten racecourse in Berlin will hold this year's event in September. The 2017 lineup includes Foo Fighters, Mumford and Sons, George Ezra and Rudimental.
Berlin Art Week
12th - 17th September 2017
During this week, galleries and museums all over the city host talks, tours, exhibitions and awards surrounding the world of contemporary art. Locals and visitors alike can enjoy art in a variety of different forms during this prestigious event.
2nd - 5th November 2017
Internationally renowned jazz musicians arrive in Berlin to perform in many of the trendy bars and clubs.