What are the best things to do in Berlin?
1. Start your trip on a high by ascending the Soviet-era TV tower and taking in Berlin’s urban sprawl from the sky. Cycle, stroll or hop on a bus through the streets to travel from sight to sight with ease.
2. See two great Berlin sights at once for free: ascend into the Norman Foster-designed dome of the Reichstag, and look out over the Brandenburg Gate, the symbol of the city. Checkpoint Charlie marks the old divide between East and West Berlin, while the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe is poignant, stark and sobering.
3. Berlin has 170 museums – the city’s UNESCO-listed Museum Island has five (including the Alte Nationalgalerie, where you can see works by Caspar David Friedrich), but the rest are close at hand. Squeeze into a Trabant at the interactive DDR Museum, binge on Bauhaus at the Museum of Design, or see the best modern art at the Berlinische Galerie.
4. Berliners love their brunch, and restaurants serve wonderful buffet spreads on Sundays that last until way past lunch. For dinner, try Turkish – Germany has the world’s largest Turkish diaspora. For a late-night snack you can’t beat a currywurst – a Berlin invention. The city even has a museum dedicated to the spiced sausage.
5. The Berlin Wall Memorial gives an impression of the structure that once divided a country. Located on the former border strip, it features a 70-metre stretch of the wall and a watchtower. It’s also home to the Window of Memorial, which commemorates those who risked their lives trying to cross it.
Which holiday type in Berlin is right for me?
This easy-to-navigate city is perfect for a short break. Checkpoint Charlie and the remaining Berlin Wall at East Side Gallery are must-sees on a first visit. Stay within easy reach of the best sights at the Hotel Riu Plaza Berlin.
Nurture your love of contemporary art at cool art space Urban Spree. See the famous Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra at the Philharmonie – tickets to the venue’s free Wednesday lunchtime concerts are sought after. Stay at the Hilton Berlin, near Checkpoint Charlie.
From techno to trance, clubbing in Berlin is quite an experience – nights out can last well into the next day. Tresor, in Mitte, is a legendary techno venue, while Berghain is one of the city’s best-known clubs. Carry ID and respect the door staff, who can be notoriously selective about who they let in. Stay at the Innside by Melia Berlin Mitte.
Start your luxury holiday in style and travel to Berlin in British Airways Club Europe, our business-class cabin, then install yourself in the Waldorf Astoria Berlin, the only deluxe hotel in the Kurfurstendamm area. Rejuvenate there in Germany’s only Guerlain spa. Dress yourself for dinner at KaDeWe, Berlin’s answer to Harrods.
Christmas markets appear magically all over Berlin from late November, selling authentic German handicrafts and conjuring a magical atmosphere. You can stock up on stollen and listen to the carols at iconic venues like Charlottenburg Palace and Alexanderplatz. Stay at the Hampton by Hilton to be near the latter.