Best of Berlin – An Unmissable City Break
Discover Brilliant Berlin
Considered to be one of Europe’s most important and exciting cities, Berlin an endless amount to offer.
Built upon the ruinous scorched earth of war and the radical political and economic divisions that shaped the 20th century, Berlin is ground zero for art, architecture, food, drink and history. It is a truly modern city with roots running deep into the past. The city is immense in scope – sprawling from Spandau in the north west to Köpenick in the south east – and boasts an unparalleled cultural berth. Yet, Berlin remains firmly rooted in its down-to-earth charm and affordability.
Each district has its own identity, lending Berlin an enviably diversity. 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, Bundestag and its the iconic Alexanderplatz TV tower draw constant interest from across the globe. However, the city is also adored for its experiential nature with visitors breathing the air-borne culture of Kreuzberg, Freidrichschain and the ever-popular Sunday Mauerpark.
A City Rich in History and Culture
Although a vibrant, modern city, Berlin is firmly rooted in history, transporting visitors back in time across centuries of change. The German capital is home to some of Europe’s most beautiful palaces and gardens. Explore the decadence of the past at the remarkable former summer residence of Frederick the Great – Schloss Sanssouci. With its bright facade and magnificent tiered gardens, this palace is sure to impress. The glorious Baroque Charlottenburg Palace, the largest in the city, also offers a glimpse into the city’s royal past.
The city’s recent divisions can be experienced physically at the East Side Gallery, Checkpoint Charlie and at more faithfully preserved segments of the Berlin wall along Bernauer Strasse. The DDR and Stasi museums meanwhile provide a fascinating and interactive insight into life in a divided Germany. The Holocaust Memorial and Museum remain solemn and poignant reminders of the horrors of the 20th century.
Whether you prefer art, history or simply city life, Berlin truly has something for everyone.
March 2021 - Dates on request
Travel to Berlin
Take the Dover-Calais ferry crossing before continuing on to the Düsseldorf area, where you will have an overnight stop. The following day, continue on to Berlin and check in to your hotel in the centre.
Today we visit key attractions on a guided walking tour. The guide elaborates on the past, present and future of Berlin as you view the city’s most famous sights, including the Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie, the Bundestag, Potsdamer Platz and many more. In the afternoon, enjoy some free time to explore the city at your leisure. Perhaps visit the engaging museums on Museum Island, see the iconic Reichstag building or stroll along the famous Unter den Linden Boulevard or on the Ku’damm – a must for all shopaholics.
Grandeur and Glamour
Today we delve into Berlin’s glamorous past with visits to decadent palaces. Potsdam’s Schloss Sanssouci is the former summer residence of Frederick the Great. Featuring originally preserved 18th Century interior decoration and stunning tiered gardens, this is a spectacular UNESCO world heritage site. Later we head to Charlottenburg Palace – Berlin’s largest and most beautiful palace. This shining example of Baroque architecture was badly damaged during the Second World War, but restoration works have restored it to its former glory. The palace’s gardens are an idyllic oasis, featuring a mausoleum, a former tea house and a pavilion.
History and Memory
No trip to Berlin is complete without remembering Germany’s wartime history. We begin the day with a visit to the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe (also known as the Holocaust Memorial). Visually arresting, the memorial evokes the idea of a graveyard and its undulating stones create an uneasy atmosphere. Visit the poignant information centre which acts as a provocative yet sombre tribute. After lunch, we continue to the DDR Museum, which immerses visitors into the everyday life of East Germany by exploring a recreation of a tower block and ‘driving’ a Trabant. The interactive exhibit allows you to explore beyond the Wall, and learn about the realities of life under socialism and the threat of the Stasi.
Return to the UK
Bid ‘Auf Wiedersehen’ to Berlin as you retrace your steps back home, stopping in Düsseldorf for an overnight, before continuing on to Calais for the ferry to Dover and then on to home.
Leonardo Royal Hotel Berlin Alexanderplatz****
This 4-star Superior hotel is in‘s Mitte district, well-connected by public transport and just a 15-minute walk from . 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 and a flat-screen TV with Sky channels. Coach parking located approx. 5 minute walk from hotel.
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