Berlin hotel city travel guide
Many visitors to this unique city are attracted by its East and West German historic significance and of course its place in the world wars. 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 and plaza at its front to stroll around and people watch. 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.
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 and 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 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 and 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. Compare cheap hotels in Berlin today for great deals.