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Berlin City Break – One of Europe’s Most Exciting Cities

  • Potsdam - New palace in the park of Sanssouci - at night © Deutsche Zentrale für Tourismus e.V., Florian Trykowski, GNTB

    Germany - Potsdam - New palace in the park of Sanssouci - at night © Deutsche Zentrale für Tourismus e.V., Florian Trykowski, GNTB EXPIRES 27.11.2019
  • Brandenburg Gate, Berlin © visitBerlin, Dagmar Schwelle, GNTB

    Brandenburg Gate, Berlin, Germany © visitBerlin, Dagmar Schwelle, GNTB
  • Potsdam - New palace in the park of Sanssouci © Deutsche Zentrale für Tourismus e.V., Florian Trykowski, GNTB

    Germany - Potsdam - New palace in the park of Sanssouci © Deutsche Zentrale für Tourismus e.V., Florian Trykowski, GNTB EXPIRES 27.11.2019
4 day tour
From £409 per person - minimum 15 passengers

City Break to the German capital; Berlin

Berlin can be considered to be one of Europe’s most important and exciting cities. Visitors can explore Berlin from many different viewpoints depending on what matters most to them. The city has a diverse and exciting appeal due to its lack of a traditional centre; as a result pockets of attractions are dotted all over the city. Key Berlin landmarks such as the Brandenburg Gate draw constant interest from across the globe. This multicultural metropolis is immense yet maintains the unpretentious charm of an international village.

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Best of Berlin

On Museum Island, learn about Berlin’s unique place in history from the classical era through to the modern. Admire fascinating Mesopotamian artifacts, a testament to the city’s heritage as a centre for archaeological excellence. Take a closer look at Germany’s more recent divided history at the DDR Museum. This popular interactive museum gives visitors the opportunity to experience life in East Germany. Then, perhaps visit Checkpoint Charlie, one of the best-known crossing points between East and West Berlin. Stroll along the East Side Gallery, a beautiful mural-clad memorial to German Reunification. Hop-on hop-off buses are another great way to discover the city, with routes encompassing the old East, West and centre of Berlin. For a different perspective, enjoy the fantastic views from the iconic TV Tower.

Diverse by Design

Fans of art and architecture can enjoy the variety of styles here, strongly shaped by Berlin’s history. The Reichstag parliamentary building blends imperial and modern architecture beautifully, while the TV Tower typifies the brutal Soviet design ethic. Discover classical art on Museum Island or the political murals of the East Side Gallery. With so much to do in Berlin itself, it is easy to forget that other great destinations lie just beyond the city boundaries. The nearby capital of  Brandenburg State, Potsdam, can make a relaxing break from the hustle and bustle of the big city. With a beautiful cathedral and the vast park at Sanssouci, the palace of Frederick the Great, Potsdam is a great place to explore.

Accessible Berlin

Furthermore, Berlin’s two international airports offer a range of scheduled and low cost flights from many UK airports in just two hours. Germany’s capital is therefore ideal for short breaks by air and a great destination for a weekend away! Berlin is also a great addition into a longer tour to Germany by coach. And if you would prefer to stay on the outskirts, the city’s heart is compact and easily accessible by bike, boat or the extensive public transport system.

Berlin is undoubtedly one of Europe’s most fascinating capital cities!


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Suggested Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Berlin

Fly from the UK to Berlin, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Begin exploring this remarkable city. If time permits, you could enjoy your guided walking tour this afternoon to get to know the city – or explore at leisure and save the tour for tomorrow! See Germany’s parliamentary building – the Reichstag, the beautiful Cathedral, and look out for clues you’re in East or West Berlin.

Day 2

Discovering the East

Today, why not explore some of Berlin’s fascinating history? Perhaps start by visiting Checkpoint Charlie, the best known crossing point between East and West Berlin which became symbolic of the division and indeed the Cold War. Then, explore the East Side Gallery. Not to be missed, this is one of the few remaining stretches of the Berlin Wall which divided East from West Berlin during the Cold War. After reunification, the ‘East Side Gallery’, as it became known, was decorated with murals by over a hundred German and international artists, marking the beginning of a new era of peace in Germany. Stroll along the wall, easily accessible by local transport and with beautiful views along the River Spree towards the Berlin TV Tower.

If you’d like to delve deeper into this era of German history, perhaps visit the DDR museum which sheds light on many aspects of everyday life in the East, From clothing and cars to politics and the influence of Communism. Alternatively, visit one of the other museums on Museuminsel. Boasting museums packed with art and history spanning from the classical era to the modern, there’s a vast array of topics to uncover.

Day 3

Potsdam and Sanssouci

One of Berlin’s most popular attractions lies not within the city itself, but a short journey into the neighbouring state of Brandenburg. In Potsdam is the former summer residency of Frederick the Great, Schloss Sanssouci with its stunning tiered gardens. The UNESCO World Heritage site features originally preserved 18th century interior decoration. Just a short train ride from Berlin, Potsdam makes a great excursion.

Alternatively, there’s plenty more to see in Berlin itself. Why not take a river cruise to see even more of the city from a different perspective. Fans of sport, architecture and history will be fascinated by a visit to the Olympic Stadium. In the outskirts of Berlin, this romanesque structure was constructed during the Nazi era to host the 1936 Summer Olympics, and today is used for athletic events and is home to Hertha BSC football club. Perhaps enjoy a guided tour of the stadium.

On your final evening in Berlin, why not take to the heady heights of the TV Tower for views across the city – perhaps head up shortly before sunset to watch as the city’s lights begin to glow.

Day 4

Departure

Enjoy some final time to explore Berlin, perhaps taking a stroll to the Brandenburg Gate, before your transfer back to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

Berlin Illuminated

For around a week each October, Berlin is illuminated during the Festival of Lights. The city’s iconic buildings and monuments – impressive enough by day – will be transformed into canvasses for dozens of artists. Light installations project colours and patterns onto Berlin’s landmarks. Stroll along the main avenue from the TV Tower to Pariser Platz, where a competition of short films and animations with a given theme is projected onto the Brandenburg Gate. Why not visit in October to experience this special side of Berlin?


Suggested hotels

Leonardo Royal Hotel Berlin Alexanderplatz ****

This 4-star Superior hotel is in Berlin‘s Mitte district, well-connected by public transport and just a 15-minute walk from Alexanderplatz. It features a top-floor sauna and fitness area, a restaurant serving Mediterranean cuisine and a bar with terrace. Each air-conditioned room has free WiFi, hot drinks facilities and a flat-screen TV with Sky channels.

Ibis Berlin Mitte **

The Ibis Berlin Mitte is located in Berlin‘s lively Prenzlauer Berg district, a 10-minute walk from Alexanderplatz, with good public transport connections. This hotel offers free WiFi, soundproofed rooms and a 24-hour bistro bar. The rooms include air conditioning, satellite TV and a private bathroom with hairdryer.


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Dates throughout 2021 From £409.00 per person From £76.00 per person

 

Dates subject to availability and subject to exclusions for trade fairs and festivals. 

 

 

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