LCY → TXL
Freedom of movement
Taxi: 18 £GBP (20 min)
Bus: 3 £GBP (30 min)
While Berlin is famed for its wildly Bohemian arts scene, party-loving spirit and world-renowned nightlife, but the city also has a more gentle side in equal measure, Germany’s capital will keep you entertained for as long as you want. This city, once-divided, is now whole again and a multi-cultural melting pot of cutting-edge art and culture, world cuisine all laced with a progressive anything-goes attitude.
As a monument to living history, fascinating and often chilling reminders of life under Nazi rule and the subsequent divide into East and West Berlin remain. The museums and galleries of the city centre hold a vast collection of art and antiquities from across the globe. By night, Berlin hospitably welcomes visitors with a dazzling variety of live music venues, bars and nightclubs. Lurch from experiencing Communist-era grit to high-end glamour on Berlin city breaks.
June to September is the best time for a visit to Germany’s capital. Berlin experiences warm, sometimes humid summers with average high temperatures of 22 to 25 degrees Celcius (72 – 77 Fahrenheit) and lows of 12 to 14 degrees Celsius (54 – 57 Fahrenheit). Winters are usually cold with average highs of 3 degrees Celsius (37 Fahrenheit) and low temperatures of -2 to 0 degrees Celcius (28 – 32 Fahrenheit). The spring and autumn months are typically chilly to mild. Berlin’s urban areas create a microclimate; due to heat stored by buildings and generated by vehicles and people meaning temperatures can be 4 degrees Celsius (7 Fahrenheit) higher in the city than surrounding areas.
Berlin is home to 22 five-star luxury hotels all vying for your attention and there are now more than three-times the number of rooms in accommodation of all grades than prior to the fall of the Wall. Because of this it would be foolish not to ask for a discount!
However many of the newer hotels are rather faceless tour group processors. For people who care about where they stay during holidays to Berlin, there is a very typically Berlin hotel type to try – the pension.
There are many pensions, often they are converted pre-war apartment blocks, which have been modernised to become new, refreshing and, most importantly, comfortable.
Unlike other European capitals, Berlin does not have a single city centre. One of the reasons is the 40-year division into the capital of the German Democratic Republic – East Berlin and West Berlin, in the Federal Republic of Germany. Therefore the city has at least two major centres: in the west around Breitscheidplatz and Zoologischer Garten and in the east around Alexanderplatz, both are divided by the Tiergarten, a huge inner-city park.
Mitte is the ideal place for seeing Berlin’s most recognised memorials, monuments and landmarks on your Berlin holidays.
Kreuzberg-Friedrichshain is known for wall paintings, street art and bohemian lifestyle.
For architectural highlights, outdoor parks and organic restaurants head for Prenzlauer Berg (Pankow).
Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf is ideal for families, as well as being known for its upscale shopping and dining.
The German capital is often under-rated; the truth is that the range of things to do on Berlin city breaks is staggering. Landmarks known across the globe, fascinating history, great shopping and a vibrant nightlife scene are all available in this unique city.
For stark reminders of East Berlin’s communist history, visit the largest section of the Berlin Wall still standing at the East Side Gallery as well as Checkpoint Charlie. Take in breathtaking vies over the city from the Soviet-built TV Tower at Alexanderplatz during your holidays to Berlin. The iconic Reichstag’s glazed dome also offers splendid vistas looking in the direction of the world-famous Brandenburg Gate.
Visit Berlin’s famous KaDeWe department store for some gourmet goodies from an impressive selection of products on offer. If designer labels are what you are looking for then go to chic Friedrichstrasse or Kurfurstendamm. Search for bargains at the flea markets or browse the alternative fashion in the trendy Prenzlauer Berg and bohemian Hackescher Markt.
Lively bars and thriving restaurants and cafes that will make your Berlin holidays unforgettable can be found in Hackescher Markt and Prenzlauer Berg. Berlin nightlife kicks off in dimly-lit bars and is fuelled by frothy pints of German beer. Even weeknight parties last till dawn, whether the venue's a stylish club, deserted warehouse, or sweat-soaked bunker.