The German capital – once divided by the Berlin Wall – is today known for its wealth of modern and historical landmarks, arts scene, festivals and nightlife.
Luxury options include the Berlin Marriott Hotel, DORMERO Hotel, the refurbished Ritz-Carlton or Grand Hyatt Berlin. At the budget end of the scale consider the centrally located Aga’s Hotel, Azimut Hotel in City West, multiple Motel One properties or the super-budget easyHotel. The Hilton and InterContinental groups are well represented in the city.
or Bavarian fare try out Clubrestaurant am Wannsee or Restaurant Schlossgarten for hearty German food. La Caleta is well known for Mediterranean dining. Lia’s Kitchen is a vegetarian rest-aurant and Grill Royal is a gourmet steakhouse popular with visitingVIPs. For Michelin-star dining try the double starred Rutz.
Berlin is packed with trendy bars open until the early hours. The Green Door in Shönenberg is a popular cocktail bar requiring visitors to ring a bell for entry. Becketts Kopf follows a similar speakeasy model in Prenzlauer Berg. For a traditional Bavarian beer hall try Hofbräu Wirsthaus or Löwenbräu am Gendarmenmarkt beer hall in the centre of the city.
Berlin has two airports, Shönefeld and Tegel, which are both well connected to the city centre. From Shönefeld airport there is a railway station with connections to the city centre and a number of bus routes. Tegel Airport has four BVG bus stops outside terminals A and B. Both terminals have taxi ranks.
The historic Brandenburg Gate is not to be missed. Remnants of the Berlin Wall remain, and visitors can see a line through the city where it once stood. Checkpoint Charlie is a reminder of Berlin during the cold war era. Also visit the Reichstag Building and the Berlin Zoological Gardens.
British Airways, easyJet, Eurowings and Ryanair between them operate services from several destinations around the UK to the German capital, including Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton, East Midlands, Liverpool, Newcastle, Manchester, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Bristol.