Postcard From Berlin

1 Aug 2017

With captivating history, quirky bars, tasty street food and iconic sights to see, Berlin certainly carries the biggest buzz of all the European Capitals!

With captivating history, quirky bars, tasty street food and iconic sights to see, Berlin certainly carries the biggest buzz of all the European Capitals!

Best Sights & Attractions

The 368-metre high Alexanderplatz TV tower boasts brilliant views of the whole city and everything it offers! We strongly recommend booking your tickets in advance to avoid queuing and save yourself some time.

Brandenburg Gate is a great starting point to begin discovering the sights of Berlin. The Reischstag, Berliner Dom, Victory Column, Schloßplatz and Museum Island are just some of the must-see attractions nearby!

The Berlin Zoo is the most species-rich zoo worldwide and is a great family-friendly day out!

As well as these big landmarks, Berlin has lots of small, culture-filled sights like Checkpoint Charlie, the Holocaust Memorial and of course, the famous Eastside Gallery – all a must-see! 

Berlin Eastside Gallery

Winter Events

Beer and Germany belong together! Berlin has created a great Oktoberfest held annually Zentral Festplatz am Kurt-Schumacher-Damm. If you’re in the city between 22nd September and 15th October, pop in!

When it comes to Christmas markets, you are spoilt for choice in Berlin! From around the end of November, great-smelling food and drink stalls pop-up and lure you in to explore. The Berliner Weinachtszeit, just behind Alexanderplatz is a great place to soak up the Christmas spirit, getting you in the mood for the festive season. Discover rides, mulled wine, local cuisine and traditional toys. Check out this list of all the Berlin Markets and where to find them. 

Berlin Christmas Market

Where to stay  

Berlin doesn’t have a City Centre and instead is divided up into separate districts in the East and West, each with its own central hub of restaurants, bars and attractions. Made up of 12 districts officially, below are just some of the most popular areas to stay in Berlin.

Mitte District – Located in the middle of Berlin, Mitte is home to the city’s most famous landmarks and monuments.

Kreuzberg – This is one of the most well-known neighborhoods in Berlin. Here you will find edgy nightlife and diverse culture!

Prenzlauer Berg - A family-friendly, chilled area, packed full of restaurants and bars for a relaxed meal or quiet drink. Friedrichshain - Berlin’s new bohemia, with a forward-looking, youthful scene!

Where to eat

The food in Berlin is a dream for both, the mouth and wallet! If you fancy trying some classic Berlin Street food, then head to Curry 36 for their famous Currywurst.

Meanwhile in Mitte, you will findLokal, a relaxed and friendly restaurant with fresh and flavoursome food. It always seems to be the top recommendation made by resident Berliners!

While in Kreuzberg, you must try Burgermeister - It is one of the coolest venues in town. It’s probably the only opportunity you’ll have to eat a burger served out of an old, converted public toilet. An experience not to be missed! 

Where to eat Berlin

Where to Drink

Schwarze Traube is anything but a standard cocktail bar.  This bar's owner is something of a Berlin legend, as his jaw-droppingly good cocktails won him the title of 'Germany's Best Mixologist'. There is no menu here, the mixologists simply take a look at you and create something spectacular!

Berlin’s famous, Bar 203 at the top of the Alexanderplatz TV Tower is a great place to enjoy a drink with stunning views of the entire city.

The lower floor of Solar SkyBar in Kruezberg houses an outstanding restaurant, while upstairs sees DJs provide the necessary groove to chill high over the rooftops until the early morning!

It’s worth noting that most of Berlin’s bars only close when the last customer leaves. So, no need to rush off until you’re well and truly worn-out and ready to hit the hay!

Getting About

While each district is a great for exploring on foot or by bike, you will need to use the city’s excellent public transport system to get between these areas. Use the extensive network of city and metro trains, as well as buses and trams. Find out about fares, schedules and contact information here.

Hop-on hop-off city bus tours are another great way to get around this vibrant city!

Some More Useful Info

Most places in Berlin accept cash-only, very few accept card – so make sure to have plenty of currency on you while you explore!

If you want to go shopping, most shops in Berlin tend to close on a Sunday, so plan around this.

Getting There

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Christmas Market Berlin

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