Compare cheap hotels in Berlin for great deals with Compare Travel. Germany is now double the fun since east and west became one in 1990! Known throughout the world for its efficiency and financial prowess, the country also has an abundance of spectacular attractions/activities to keep young and old…and those in between, very happy campers!
Some of the country’s highlights include the iconic Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie, Brandenburg Gate, Reichstag Building and Museum Island in Berlin, the UNESCO World Heritage listed gothic Cologne Cathedral in Cologne, the stunning hillside Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria (which is like something out of a fairytale!), the Renaissance ruins of Heidelberg Castle in Heidelberg, the stunning Lutheran Dresden Frauenkirche Church in Dresden, the romance of the one thousand, two hundred kilometre long River Rhine and the fifteenth city gates of Holstentor in Lubeck, to name but a few!
However, despite such an eclectic choice of things to do and see in Germany, the calling for many to visit the country (particularly among the world’s student population!) is the infamous Oktoberfest beer festival that takes place in Munich at the end of September and lasts for over two weeks.
The festival attracts over six million visitors each year and, as well as consuming copious quantities of the local beer (warning: all festival beers are high in alcohol at a minimum of 6%!) while listening to live music in the enormous festival tents, visitors can also attend the festival carnival and ride the death defying, multi-looped rollercoaster (a slightly less daunting challenge after consuming a few litres of beer!).
Unlike its French and Italian neighbours, when it comes to the important matter of choice of alcoholic beverage, Germany excels in beer (particularly wheat beers) rather than wine. Popular German beers to indulge the thirsty visitor include Lowenbrau, Pauliner and Spatenbrau. And if you still favour a glass of vino, then the most popular choice among locals are the sweet white wines produced from the Riesling grape. Wine tours around the country’s thirteen wine producing regions are available for those who might be particularly thirsty!
The country’s gastronomic delights differ enormously from its European neighbours, using the humble sausage format as the vehicle to serve many of its favourite meats! The tastiest sausage products to wolf down (to compliment the country’s popular two litre glasses of beer!) are the Bratwurst (pork and spices), Blutwurst (for those a little braver, as this one is made from blood) and the Wiener (smoked sausage).
A nice slice of authentic Black Forest Gateaux (Schwarzwalder Kirschtorte)) will also hit the spot as a very rewarding dessert! After France, Germany has the most Michelin star awards and so fine dining will always be just around the corner.
Those intending to visit the country to partake in its wonderful sporting activities can attend a passionate soccer encounter between Bayern Munich and Borussia Monchengladbach in the enormous Olympic Stadium or suck in the fumes of an exhilarating German Grand Prix!
Visitors who might prefer to engage in a sport directly can go skiing in one of the many German ski resorts, particularly in the Alps and German Central Uplands, or take a swing in any one of the country’s six hundred and fifty golf course, many of which are located in scenic forests, beside lakes, along the coast or with the alps as a backdrop!
Shopping in Germany can be an exciting pastime with so many department stores, arts and crafts shops, shopping centres and markets, including some wonderfully atmospheric winter markets, to choose from.
The most popular shopping streets in the country include Zeil in Frankfurt, Kaufinger in Munich, Schildergasse in Cologne, Kurfurstendamm in Berlin and Mo in Hamburg. Birkenstock shoes, porcelain figurines and cuckoo clocks are popular German purchases…along with some delicious Ritter Sport chocolate!
To make it possible for the visitor to reach his/her intended destination, be it a short trip to a city attraction or some longer city-hopping journey, Germany has probably the most efficient transport infrastructure in the world. Germany’s impressive autobahns (motorways), speedy Inter City Express rail network, tram and underground metro systems all ensure that every wondrous attraction that this magnificent country has to offer is easily accessible, which are all waiting patiently for you to discover.
So get a move on! Make Germany your holiday destination and have the time of your life. We compare the best deals in Berlin, Cologne, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Heidelberg, Munich to name just a few of our top German destinations. Thank you for visiting our cheap hotels Berlin comparison site, we hope you have an relaxing and enjoyable trip.
The capital city of a now unified Germany, Berlin is not only historic in so many ways (reflected in the many memorials/museums focusing on its troubled past), it is also filled with natural beauty, as over a 3rd of this great city comprises of parks, woodland, public gardens, lakes and the River Spree. The city is also the 3rd most visited in Europe and has nearly eight hundred hotels to cater for your every need!
And to make it convenient for you to take in as much as the city has to offer, the U-Bhan (underground) and S-Bhan (mainly over-ground) rail systems are extremely popular, carrying over eight hundred million passenger trips each year!
Many visitors to this unique city are attracted by its East/West Germany historic significance and of course its place in the world wars, and so typically start their fact finding mission at the infamous eighteenth century Brandenburg Gate. Originally located in what was called No Man’s Land, this huge structure has a beautiful courtyard/plaza at its front to stroll around in…or you can instead take a relaxing trip in one of the many horse carriages onsite.
Equally popular is the Berlin Gate Memorial Centre, where visitors can see a watchtower and the remains of the wall that divided east from west. A visit to the significant Checkpoint Charlie booth in the Allied Museum (an open air museum), followed by a visit to the eerie Holocaust Memorial, should put everything into perspective, when the details of the horrors inflicted upon the Jewish race become very real.
The city is filled with wonderful squares and boulevards, including the Gendarmenmarkt square, with its amazing cathedrals and concert house, and the nineteenth century Unter den Linden boulevard, with its opera house, university, museum and cathedral, among many other historic buildings.
The city’s main shopping streets/areas are Friedrichstrasel, Hackischer Markt, Kurfurstendamm and Schlossstrasse. Berlin is a shopper’s paradise, filled with department stores (including the popular KaDeWe), flea markets, designer outlets, shopping centres/malls (including the impressive Alexa Mall with nearly two hundred outlets!) and quaint arts and crafts stores. Please keep in mind that many shops remain closed on Sundays.
Berlin even has its own cultural island, The Museum Island on the River Spree, which a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is the location of some of the city’s more popular museums, including the Pergamon Museum, Altes Museum, Bode Museum, Neues Musem and Alte Nationalgaleriwe. See top attractions below.
1. The Reichstag Building: Enormous nineteenth century building originally constructed to house the German Empire’s parliament. Inside the building is a wonderful glass dome with great city views.
2. The Berlin Television Tower (Fernsehturm): The highest structure in Berlin, standing at over three hundred and fifty metres tall, the tower offers amazing views over the entire city.
3. Pergamon Museum: Located on the city’s Museum Island, the museum is one of the most visited attractions in the whole country, typically attracting over one million per annum. Inside are amazing exhibits/sights including The Pergamon Alter, Market Gate of Miletus and some wonderful Islamic, Middle Eastern, Greek and Roman antiquities.
4. Berlin Cathedral: Stunning fifteenth century protestant (former Catholic), neo-renaissance cathedral with panoramic views across the city. Inside is an enormous dome with wonderfully colourful frescos and an historic pipe organ.
5. Charlottenburg Palace: Eighteenth century baroque-styled palace just outside Berlin City, next to the River Spree. Outside the palace are pretty gardens with a mausoleum, lake and pavilion and inside are some wonderfully decorated rooms including the Porcelain Cabinet Room, and the rococo-styled State Apartments.
6. German Museum of Technology: Museum with rail, space, telecommunications and film exhibits. World war two planes and ships are of particular interest. You could spent up to six hours here and still not see/experience its wonders.
7. The Olympic Stadium: Built in ninety thirty-six and home to the Heretha Berlin soccer team, the Olympic Stadium is the 2nd biggest in Germany. The stadium has a visitor’s centre and also hosts international concerts.
8. Designpanoptikum: One of the most unusual (and popular!) museums in the city, filled with a motley collection of art constructed from everyday industrial items/artefacts.
9. Treptower Park: World War Two memorial park with an enormous soviet war memorial.
10. Alexandarplatz: Enormous public square which also acts as an ideal meeting place due to the transport options operating out of the square, including the S and U-Bhan.
11. German Historical Museum: Museum in historic building with impressive World War One and Two exhibitions, among so much more.