Vibrant, ultra-modern, young, historic, multicultural, tolerant – some of the many charms of Berlin! Since the fall of The Berlin Wall, the city has managed to become one of the most stimulating creative and cultural centres in Europe.
A mecca of artists, bohemians and Europe’s creative class, Berlin is an old, historic city made new again thanks to a torn-down wall, a reunified country, and an influx of young, trendsetting individuals from around the world. A must-place to visit, best known for its lively nightlife – known as Europe’s party capital, hip cafés, clubs, bars, street art, more than 200 museums and historic monuments.
The city’s main cultural and historical sights – from the Museum Island and the Reichstag to Checkpoint Charlie and the Jewish Museum are to be found in city centre (central Mitte). The surrounding neighbourhoods (including Prenzlauer Berg, Friedrichshain, Kreuzberg, Neukölln, Schöneberg) are also worth exploring for their massive selection of independent bars, restaurants and clubs, as well as their edgy art spaces and smaller museums. Kreuzberg’s Museum of Things and Prenzlauer Berg’s Berlin Wall Memorial spring immediately to mind.
Best Time to visit
The best time to visit Berlin is definitely summer, thus resulting in higher hotel prices, and a packed city. If you are planning to travel on a budget it would be easier to travel off-season (October – March), when it is more affordable. Most of city’s hotels are mainly located in the western part of the city (such as Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf), especially close to Berlin Zoo station. It is always better to book in advance for better rates. You can also find great hostels and dorms for much lower prices.
Budget Hotels Areas
If you are travelling on a budget, the best location to look for a hotel is Alexanderplatz, which also serves as a connecting hub for all of the city’s rails and buses. Another budget option is the area near Tegel Airport, that offers easy access to low budget hotels. If you are in the city for its hype vibe, then you would want to book in areas such as Freidrichshain or Kreuzberg. Whereas if you are in the city, ready for some luscious luxury, the recommended area is the elegant neighbourhood of Prenzlauer Berg.
Selected Hotels in Berlin
SO/ Berlin Das Stue Hotel
«Furnishings and environment absolutely gorgeous. Cinco restaurant interesting experience…»
«What can I say? The staff, the service and the hotel itself were exceptional…»
Sofitel Berlin Kurfürstendamm
«Spacious room, large soft bed, cool air (AC), fantastic breakfast, very nice lounge/bar…»
«Excellent service, friendly staff, spot on shopping street and close to U-bahn. Divine hotel…»
Pestana Berlin Tiergarten
«Very good location. Excellent buffet breakfast. Very comfortable beds with good quality linen…»
«The bed was amazing, best night’s sleep and the pool was lovely. Overall the hotel was wonderful…»
Mercure Berlin Wittenbergplatz
«The room, the hotel atmosphere and design, the great breakfast buffet, the location…»
«The hotel was absolutely spotless!! The beds were also extremely comfortable…»