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Berlin Holidays

With seriously modern architecture, contemporary art galleries, and off-the-wall bars and clubs, Berlin is a city of the future. The city’s history is around every corner – you’ll find it everywhere, from beer halls to war memorials. Make the most of Germany’s fast-paced capital with a Travelbag city break.

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Holidays in Berlin

This city ticks off all the good stuff – street art, live music, historical attractions, museums and galleries. See the Berlin Wall that divided the city for over 28, years and make your way up the tree-lined Unter den Linden Boulevard. You’ll walk past Berlin’s grandest buildings, including the Berlin State Opera and Saint Hedwig’s Cathedral. Like any western European capital, museums play a key role. Many are free of charge, too, so they should be on your list if you want a cheap trip to Berlin. Museum Island has five buildings, with collections including the works of Monet, artefacts from ancient civilisations, and relics from World War II. Research what you want to see before arriving, as the breadth of choice in these five museums alone is huge. And then there’s the nightlife. Get yourself acquainted with good German beers and easy-going locals in and around the wide array of party venues.

Things to do in Berlin


The fact that Berlin has a great social scene is no secret. There are gritty techno clubs dissected by laser lights, and battered rave holes with roots in the Seventies punk scene. Or, drink alongside strangers in traditional Bierhalles and Biergartens, where suds spill over beer tankards onto long tables lined with bratwurst and pretzels. There are plenty of live music venues, too, with places like jazz bar Quasimodo and DJ-led Junction Bar. Glitzy watering holes of class and sophistication aren’t hard to come by either. The Mitte district is unrecognisable from its former role as an eastern bloc slum. Its rough edges ensure its cool, renaissance makeover retains a touch of urban realism. For something a little different, try the train-tunnel shaped Tausend Bar behind an unmarked door under the train pass on Schiffbauerdamm Street. Arrive late, dress sharp and let the mixologists do their thing.


Historical Attractions

Berlin became capital of all of Germany again in 1990, just after the Berlin Wall was brought down and the city became reunited. Its historical attractions are as engaging as Europe’s older generation of capitals from its time as capital of the Kingdom of Prussia right through to the German Third Reich. Checkpoint Charlie, the crossing point between East and West Berlin, is still standing and has become a symbol of the Cold War. Grapple with the devastation wrought on European Jews at the Holocaust Memorial and enter the reconstructed Reichstag Building to lunch in the glass domed roof that has 360 views of the city. Further back in time again is the Brandenburg Gate, as much a symbol of peace and unity in Europe as it is of the tumultuous events of centuries past.


Berlin Hotels

Travelbag’s got some of the best hotels in Berlin city centre. The Grand Hyatt Berlin in the Mitte neighbourhood is within touching distance of the peaceful and leafy streets across the road around Tiergarten. The contemporary art in every room and flashy touches like a spa, indoor pool and rooftop terrace enhance the atmosphere of modernity and vibrancy that can be found to the east in the alternative Kreuzbeg district; known for its loud bars and post-beer kebab houses. Further west is the Sofitel Berlin Kurfurstendamm Hotel, where German design meets French eloquence. It’s on the doorstep of the well heeled Charlottenburg neighbourhood where it’s all high-end Berlin shopping and fancy restaurants. In between Sofitel and Charlottenburg are hip cafes and eateries. For cheap hotels in Berlin, take a look in the easterly Friedrichshain area that’s got cool and quirky accommodation options mixed in with budget hotels.


Best time to visit Berlin

The best time to visit is in from late spring until early autumn when the Berlin weather is at its hottest and the parks and beer gardens have got their mojo. The summer is also the wettest season so you’ll need waterproofs. If you visit Berlin in autumn the humidity will have dropped off (as will the crowds) but temperatures will still be high – try and arrive early in the month to make the most of the drier weather and the lingering summer temperatures. Winter temperatures are frigid but there’s Oktoberfest and the Christmas markets in the build up to December. There’s no shortage of indoor activities (museums and art galleries) and so winter is by no means a bad time to be in Berlin.

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Why Travelbag?

With Travelbag, trips to Berlin are tailored to fit your schedule and budget. Berlin’s arts and culture scene moves at a fast pace, and our range of Berlin hotels means you can stay close to the action.

Explore the vestiges of the Cold War and World War Two on a bike or walking tour of Berlin. Our travel experts can help you arrange your itinerary, as well as your hotel.

Call our travel experts on 0203 139 7074 or visit us at one of our branches to book your city break to Berlin today. Our phone lines are open from 9am until 9pm Monday to Friday, 9am until 6pm on Saturday and 10am until 5pm on Sundays.

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