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Berlin holidays offer a glimpse of the modern and the historic, majestically intertwined

Berlin is not only one of the world’s must-visit cities for history buffs, it’s a bustling modern boomtown of cutting-edge music, unforgettable nightlife and experimental art. This is a thrilling historical metropolis, where neon-bathed nightclubs glow in the shadows of elegant hotels, hip restaurants manned by up-and-coming chefs jostle for space with 17th-century pubs, and rooftop bars provide views of some of European history’s most notable landmarks. If you’ve been looking to catch up with this one-of-a-kind city then there’s never been a better time, as you can save up to 15% when booking Berlin flights and hotels together on ebookers. Just click through our offers and get ready for the Berlin holiday of your dreams.

Daring, decadent, eclectic and elegant: where to stay on holidays to Berlin

As enigmatic as the city itself, Berlin hotels run the gamut from buzzy wallet-friendly hostels drawing a backpacking crowd, to plush 5-star accommodation with luxurious spas and health clubs. Berlin hotels offer something for everyone, no matter your budget, and you can put yourself as close or as far from the bustle as you choose. If you’re looking to catch up with historic Berlin’s iconic sights, consider booking a cosy hotel in Mitte, where you can visit the Brandenburg Gate, Museum Island and Alexanderplatz. Elegant, leafy Charlottenburg is home to some of the city’s oldest and most beautiful buildings, as well as to a range of upscale hotels that put you within walking distance of the impressive Charlottenburg Palace and Kurfürstendamm, a renowned street drawing upscale shoppers from around Europe. Once-gritty Neukölln is now one of Berlin’s hippest neighbourhoods, bursting with organic eateries, vibrant galleries and vintage markets – a great place to catch up with Berlin’s youthful side. Meanwhile, a Berlin holiday stay in Kreuzberg will put you in the bohemian heart of the city, as well as provide views of the Spree River. With our Berlin holidays, you’re bound to end up somewhere interesting.

things to do on Berlin holidays

A trip to Berlin offers the chance to step back in time, and any historic Berlin itinerary would do well to include visits to the Holocaust Memorial, the Stasi Museum, Checkpoint Charlie and the Reichstag, housed under an impressive glass dome. Olympic Stadium, the site of Jesse Owens’ famous 1936 performance, is a great draw for sports fans, while the East Side Gallery – a 0.8-mile long section of the Berlin Wall now adorned with colourful graffiti from all over the world – is an inspirational, artistic celebration of freedom.

Getting around on your Berlin holiday

Berlin has an easily accessible and modern public transport system, with the S-Bahn providing commuter trains and the U-Bahn offering underground services. A single AB ticket will cover journeys to central Berlin and some suburbs, but if you’re planning on using public transport often during your holiday in Berlin, then consider picking up a 7-day ticket or a Berlin WelcomeCard, which includes free transportation and discounts on sights and attractions. Hiring a car, meanwhile, will allow you to travel on your own schedule.

Top Berlin attractions

Berlin Wall Memorial

The wall that once separated East and West Berlin provides many local tourist and cultural attractions. The memorial focuses on daily life in the city during the period.

Brandenburg Gate

This historic location often signifies the separation of East and West Berlin in films and movies based on the city's past.

Checkpoint Charlie

Stop for photographs at one of the most famous points along the wall's former location.

Topography of Terror

Like the Memorial, the Topography avoids tourist clichés and sticks to the details of life in East and West Berlin. The location was formerly a series of prison cells under the wall.

Tempelhof airport

The airport was a major part of the Berlin Airlift that provided important goods to those suffering in East Berlin.

Berlin Zoo

The Berlin Zoo offers the widest collection of animals found in any single location throughout the world. Many visitors enjoy taking photos at the Elephant Gate.

Charlottenburg Palace

The exquisite castle dates back to 1695.

Berliner Dom

This 18th century cathedral holds the remains of some of the most famous Prussian leaders.

Olympiastadion

The famous Olympic Stadium was built for the historic 1936 Olympic Games.

Arminius Markthalle

This historic market has stood since 1891, providing one of the best locations to buy goods in the city.

The Museum of Decorative Arts

One of the oldest and most complete art museums in the world, this museum has a collection of artwork from craftsmanship from all of the styles and ages.

View artworks such as tapestries, furniture, glass and porcelain adornments and copper, silver, and gold objects that embellish a 7,000 square metre exposition room.

The bottom floor also has a newer collection of arts from the 20th century, mostly industrial-made products.

Deutsche Staatsoper

This historic opera hall was constructed in 1742 and served as the Royal Court Opera for Frederick the Great. The opera hall was badly damaged after the Second World War, but has since been renovated to portray the original structure.

The venue is perfect for the classical music lover, as all the best ballets, operas, and musical performances are staged here. The beautiful interior and show atmosphere makes for the perfect environment.

Schloss Sanssouci and Park Sanssouci

This architectural marvel is a favourite for visitors amazed by the design of Frederick the Great.

The palace has a distinctive half-circle shape and sits atop a terraced hill surrounded by 750 acres of gardens, including fountains, a Chinese teahouse, and other monuments.

Inside is an incredible circle-shaped library, artwork by Caravaggio, and intricate ceiling murals. The palace was at one time home to Voltaire.

Judishces Museum

Designed by Daniel Libeskind, this museum’s permanent exhibits show the perspective of Germany’s Jewish community throughout the nation’s history.

Artwork such as sculptures and paintings were culled from private collections, giving an in-depth look at the Jewish community’s history in Germany for over 2,000 years. Do not miss Libeskind’s elaborate Star of David angels.

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Insider tips for Berlin travel

Bundestag

Germany's parliamentary building provides one of the best observation decks from which to take in a view of the whole city.

Boxhagener Platz

This flea market lies outside of most tourist venues and is an excellent place to find hand-crafted regional goods and foods.

Winterfeldt Markt

This small market sells locally grown fruits and vegetables alongside arts and crafts. The freshly baked bread on Saturdays is a real treat.

City Guesthouse Pension Berlin

The City Guesthouse has one of the best breakfast buffets available in Berlin.

Cafe Einstein

This local coffee chain specializes in traditional blends and avoids more commercialized coffees.

Best time to go on holiday to Berlin

The weather in Berlin can change quickly, and visitors should bring rain or snow gear when travelling to the city. Temperatures normally fall between summer highs of 23°C and winter lows that regularly reach -3°C. Tourists typically come to the city during the more temperate months of April through October, though tours of the beautiful snowfalls of winter on the historic buildings of Berlin have their own appeal for more romantically inclined visitors. The Fête de la Musique and Oberbaumbrücke Festival, both featuring music and dance, occur during Berlin's more temperate months.

Where to stay in Berlin

Located in the heart of the Mitte district in Berlin, the Park Plaza Wallstreet hotel is the perfect spot for tourists looking for luxury and a great location. The hotel itself is only a few blocks from the Alexanderplatz Square and Potsdamer Platz. The hotel gets its name from the 170-room design, which was created to replicate the atmosphere of the New York’s Stock Exchange. The hotel has a restaurant and private cinema.

For guests looking to stay in the best of the best, the Kempinski Hotel Bristol offers visitors a taste of some of the finest lodging that Berlin has to offer. The hotel is located on Kurfrstendamm Boulevard, and is quite hard to miss with its half-circle architectural design. The hotel has also recently finished renovating their pool and wellness area, which allows guests to enjoy all the five star services.

For those looking for something beyond a big hotel chain, the Domicil hotel is a great option. This hotel’s restaurant has spectacular views of Berlin, and has a rooftop garden and terrace that are spectacular during the summer months. As a private hotel, the environment is more tranquil and intimate, and all rooms and apartments have original artwork and sound dimming windows.

Another traveller’s favourite in Berlin is the Novotel Am Tiergarten hotel. A standard hotel with 274 renovated rooms is a good choice for business and tourist travellers alike. A great terrace and 24-hour health spa and fitness club offer nice viewpoints of the city.

For more choices, consult our selection of Berlin hotels.

How to move around in Berlin

Common Forms of Transportation

Berlin has good and reliable public transportation systems made up of buses, metro, or U-Bahn, and commuter train rail lines or the S-Bahn. Visitors should consider getting a seven-day transit pass so that they can hit up all of the biggest tourist destinations with ease.

Airport Services

Berlin Tegel Airport has efficient transportation options for visitor flying into the international airport. The airport is 8 km to the northwest of Berlin, which makes for an easy taxi ride and can easily access the Jet Express Bus by way of the Alexanderplatz. Taxis are available for pick up outside of the terminal. You may also want to consider car hire in Berlin.

BVG Buses and Trains

Berlin has 150 buses with distinct daytime routes and 54 lines during the night hours. After 8 p.m. riders can ask the bus driver about letting off passengers in between stops. The urban S-Bahn rail connects to many of the bus and underground stations, and trams cover 187.7 km every day with 789 stops and lines that run at ten-minute intervals 20 hours per day.

Underground

The most extensive underground system in Germany exists in Berlin. It is also one of the most modern in all of Europe. Nine lines cover 151.7 km and have 170 stations. Trains run at five-minute intervals during rush hour, and underground trains travel at 30 km per hour. The system services half of the transportation volume within the city. Best of all, the system has high environmental responsibility.

Health & Safety

Vaccinations and Hygiene

There are no vaccinations necessary to go to Berlin. Water is potable.

Accidents or Health Problems

The health infrastructure is excellent and visitors should contact local Social Security centres for necessary European Health Insurance Card.

Good public health clinics include Charite, Schumannstr at (30) 45 05 70 075, or DRK Kliniken Kopenick on Salvador Allende Str.2 at (30) 30 35 30 00. Dial (30) 197 27 in case of emergencies to reach police and ambulance.

Security

Petty crime has increased in recent years, but attacks are still rare. However, tourists are advised not to walk alone at night in poorly-lit or unfamiliar areas.

Do not carry jewellery or other expensive or flashy items that might attract the attention of robbers.

Do not walk around with large amounts of cash or valuable items.

Racially motivated assaults have been reported in towns in the former parts of East Germany.

All visitors should make and bring photocopies of all travel documents, such as passports, credit cards, and health insurance cards, in the case that the originals are lost, stolen, or misplaced.

Also, a mobile phone can come in handy in the case of an emergency.

Public transportation is safe for tourists, and the roadways are in good condition.

Visitors should note that the possession and consumption of drugs are illegal, and prostitution is prohibited in Germany.

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