Berlin City Breaks, Berlin Flights and Berlin Hotels
First documented in the 13th century, Berlin has always been at the centre of things. It was the capital of the Kingdom of Prussia [1701-1918], the Weimar Republic [1919-1933] and the Third Reich [1933-1945]. After World War II, the city was divided: East Berlin became the capital of East Germany, while West Berlin was surrounded by the Berlin Wall from 1961-1989. Following reunification in 1990, the city regained its status as the capital of all Germany. It has emerged from its dark past and become one of the most vibrant, forward-looking and modern centres of culture in Europe.
All of Berlin’s past dynasties have left their mark on the city and there is today a wealth of architecture of various periods. Among those worthy of a visit are the rebuilt Schloss Charlottenburg, the Brendenburg Gate, and the Bundeskanzleramt, the seat of the German Chancellor and just one stunning example of modern architecture. The Reichstag building is the traditional seat of the German Parliament. It was remodelled by British architect Norman Foster in the 1990s and features a glass dome over the session area, which follows free public access and magnificent views of the city. Unter Den Linden is a tree-lined avenue from the Brandenburg Gate to the site of the former Berliner Stadtschloss, and was once Berlin’s premier promenade. Many Classical buildings line the street and part of Humboldt University is located there.
The city is also home to hundreds of art galleries. It hosts the annual Art Forum, an international art fair, which focuses on contemporary art. The area around Hackescher Markt is home to fashionable culture, with countless clothing outlets, clubs, bars and galleries. Berlin is also a magnet for the young and its vibrant nightlife and club scene are second to none. Among its many annual festivals are PopKomm, Myfest and Christopher Street Day, Europe’s largest gay pride festival.
Berlin boasts 153 museums, covering subjects as diverse as fine and contemporary art, ancient Egypt, Berlin’s past, Bauhaus design, Jewish Culture, erotica, ancient Greek architecture, natural history and Indian art, as well as Checkpoint Charlie and the Berlin Wall Memorial. Those on the Museum Island have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.Location of Berlin:
In the northeast of the country, 50 miles west of the Polish border. 18 miles east of Potsdam. 170 miles southeast of Hamburg. 5 miles southeast of Tegel international airport, 7 miles northwest of Tempelhof international airport and 12 miles northwest of Schonefeld international airport.Serving Airports:
Berlin Tegel [TXL]
Berlin Schonefield [SXF]
Berlin Tempelhof [THF]
Flight time from the UK: approximately 1 hour 40 minutesBerlin Temperature Chart :
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The main stores are found in former west Berlin, particularly around the Kurfurstendamm area, which is home to high-quality department stores and fashion shops like KaWeDe and the Europa Center. However, other areas are offering competition - like Friedrichstrasse and Hackescher Markt in Mitte - and an increasing number of shopping malls have sprung up, including the Arkaden centre on Potsdamer Platz. Smart boutiques along Unter den Linden and in the Stadtmitte area. Good selection of markets including weekend flea markets, particularly on Strasse des 17 Juni; a Turkish market on Maybachufer in Neukolln; and a large Christmas market in Spandau.Eating out in Berlin:
An exhaustive choice from German (mainly nouvelle cuisine rather than traditional fare), Italian and French to Turkish, Thai, Japanese, Jewish and Russian. Something to suit all pockets, from upmarket dining at Gendarmenmarkt to the usual fast-food chains. Smart coffee houses in Stadtmitte. Boat and barge restaurants, even a couple of "dine in the dark" options (said to heighten your sense of taste!).
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