Wednesday, 21 November 2012

City Breaks in Berlin - Get the Most From Your Weekend

By Steve Alexander

More than twenty years after the fall of the Berlin wall, the city has blossomed into a capital of cool, with museums, galleries, opera and fashion to rival any of its European sisters. Now it is one of the most popular city break destinations in Europe, popular for its eclectic blend of deep set twentieth century history, German traditions and buzzing nightlife.

The legacy of the first and second world wars is an obvious element of British tourists travelling to Germany and a two night trip is plenty long enough for seeing this part of our own history from the other side. One must-see sight is the Holocaust Memorial, which is a sobering experience in a city that now flourishes.

Public transport in Berlin is fantastic, making it easy to hop between destinations, while it is also easy to whizz around by bicycle, taking in the city scenery as you go. Sights such as the Reichstag, the Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie and the last remnants of the Berlin wall turn the city into a history book, with landmarks and stories around every corner.

Berlin transforms into a city of lights once the sun has gone down, with locals and tourists gathering together in bars for evening beers. Totally perfect for a bit of a weekend party, Berlin is one of the newest clubbing capitals of Europe, known for its huge warehouse parties that run long into the night and early hours.

There are a huge number of places to stay in Berlin, close to different parts of the action. The five star Ellington Hotel, for example, is placed well for some shopping, near to the KaDeWe department store, while the Radisson Blu is set in the historical heart of the city, opposite Museum island and on the banks of the river Spree - and only a short walk from the Brandenburg Gate, which makes navigating very easy.

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