Best of Berlin – An Unmissable City Break
Discover Brilliant Berlin
Considered to be one of Central Europe’s most important and exciting cities, Berlin has a lot to offer. This multicultural metropolis is immense yet remains completely charming and welcoming. Almost every district has its own flavour, and you can explore Berlin from many different viewpoints. There is no definite centre and pockets of attractions are dotted all over the city. Visit key sights such as the Brandenburg Gate, the Bundestag and Alexanderplatz. Explore evidence of the city’s divided past at the East Side Gallery or view this metropolis from the TV Tower which soars above the city. Furthermore, the German capital is home to some of Europe’s most beautiful palaces and gardens.
A City Rich in History and Culture
Although a vibrant, modern city, Berlin transports visitors back in time. 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. Investigate the capital’s more recent history by exploring the remains of the Berlin Wall and the divide between East and West Germany. Visit the DDR Museum for a fascinating and interactive insight into life in a divided Germany. You could also visit the Holocaust Memorial and Muesum, a solemn and poignant window into the past. Whether you prefer art, history or simply city life, Berlin truly has something for everyone.
30 June 2020 & 19 July 2020
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.
Leonardo Hotel Berlin ***
Superb location in the Charlottenburg District in the heart of Berlin, the hotel has a bar/lounge area. It is close to the pedestrian zone, shopping and public transport links. The air-conditioned rooms feature safes, desks, hairdryers, tea and coffee making facilities and 40 inch flat screen TVs.
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|30 June 2020||Leonardo Royal Hotel Alexanderplatz||From £289.00 per person||From £149.00 per person|
|19 July 2020||Leonardo Royal Hotel Alexanderplatz||From £279.00 per person||From £149.00 per person|