Berlin is one of the most influential centres in European politics, culture and science. Berlin is home to some of the most prominent universities, sporting events, orchestras and museums. If you are staying in our Berlin hotels then it is worth visiting the Fernsehturm (TV tower) at Alexanderplatz in Mitte which is the highest building in the city at 368m. The city can be viewed from its 204m high observation floor. Visit the stunning Reichstag, home to the German Parliament, or enjoy an afternoon in Berlin’s largest park - Tiergarten - it’s a beautiful escape from the city, you’ll find that the Berlin Zoo boarders the western side of the park.
The East Side Gallery is an open-air exhibition of art painted directly on the last existing portions of the Berlin Wall. It is the largest remaining evidence of the city's historical division and has recently undergone a restoration. Visit the stunning sandstone Brandenburg Gate, or Checkpoint Charlie, the former border crossing point between East and West Berlin. Lovers of art and history should not miss Museumsinsel (Museum Island), a complex of five museums and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
For those tourists interested in sport; Berlin hosted the 1936 Olympics and was the host city for the 2006 FIFA World Cup Final. Berlin is home to Hertha BSC Berlin, a football team in the Bundesliga, and the basketball team ALBA Berlin (known as the "Berlin Albatrosses"). The Olympiastadion has been the home to some great foot-balling talents including current players Solomon Okoronkwo and Gilberto and legend of the game Ali Daei - the first player to score over 100 international goals.
If you are travelling into Berlin on business and looking to stay in the city why not look at our selection of Berlin Charlottenburg hotels, all ideally situated for the main business districts and major trade fairs of the city but with enough going on to enjoy the down time after a long day of meetings. Our Berlin airport hotels are perfect for any business people travelling by air who are arriving late or flying out early.
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Due to Berlin’s scale and the size of the city center it is difficult to cover the main sights on foot. The Berlin Welcome Card offers a great way to get around the city and see many of the highlights; it includes unlimited travel on the underground, metro, and tram systems and 50% discounts on most museums. Another good way to experience central attractions like the Reichstag (the restored parliament) and its Norman Foster glass dome is to board a sightseeing boat on the river Spree.
Arts and Culture
Those seeking a cultural experience should head for the Berlin Museumsinsel in Mitte. The six museums on a small island focus on classical antiquities, prehistory and early history, Islamic art, and sculpture, and house Egyptian and Numismatic collections. The museum complex itself was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999.
For a more modern take visit the Temporäre Kunsthalle Berlin at the Schlossplatz nearby which will showcase modern art created in Berlin until the end of 2010.
A new generation of young Germans eager to experience life in this city of constant change has migrated to the capital in recent years from all over the country, filling the bars and cafes in Prenzlauer Berg, Kreuzberg, and Mitte. Bars and clubs in the central district are mostly open into the early hours of the morning. Expect the unexpected - wine bars that only charge what you want to pay (Weinerei at Zionskirche Square) or a drinking joint in a circus tent (Bar Jeder Vernunft, Schaper Street).
Berlin has no equivalent to the West End or Broadway, but a number of British shows have established themselves here over the years – including Blue Man Group.
Potsdam and Park Sanssouci
If you have more than a couple of days in the city, it’s worth venturing to nearby Potsdam and Park Sanssouci (which freely translates as ‘carefree’). The vast royal gardens are often compared to Versailles and resemble a showroom for medium-sized palaces. Schedule at least two hours to explore and choose your favorite from residences such as Friedrich the Great’s Palace Sansousi, which gave the park its name, and later additions such as the Neues Palais. Hide