A springtime treat in vibrant Berlin

A few friends and I are thinking of going away to visit Berlin for a short break this spring. We want to fit in all the best sights over our few days so we would love some recommendations on what we must do and see while there.

A few friends and I are thinking of going away to visit Berlin for a short break this spring. We want to fit in all the best sights over our few days so we would love some recommendations on what we must do and see while there.

Berlin is a vibrant and inclusive city with so much to see and do. The city itself is a cultural melting pot that houses some of the most diverse and contrasting collections of architecture, art, history, nightlife and food that you are likely to find in any one city in the world. Spring is a particularly good time to visit too, so you are sure to get the most out of your short trip.

The first thing you should do is to take advantage of the fantastic public transport that will be at your disposal. ‘Welcome Cards’ allow unlimited free travel on all public transport, and five-day cards are an extremely well-priced €36.50. Pick one up at the airport when you arrive to ensure no further time is wasted fishing for change as you go.

While walking around the city there are some sights and buildings that you simply cannot leave Berlin without seeing. One of the most iconic is Brandenburg Gate, just one block from the Reichstag building. The Reichstag’s rebuilt glass dome is now also fully accessible, but you should register in advance if you want to visit as the queues can be long. The Holocaust Memorial is also well worth a visit and just around the corner from the Reichstag building.

It is no surprise that Berlin is also home to many fantastic museums. The pick of them include the Berlin Wall Memorial and Museum, the DDR Museum and the German Technology Museum. Haus am Checkpoint Charlie is also a great place to visit to get a real sense of a torn city, as well as a photograph with the now-replica Checkpoint Charlie booth. The architecture of Museum Island is stunning and well worth a visit also. Enjoy a scenic walk from Brandenburger Gate via Unter den Linden - one of the most famous and beautiful streets in the city.

Shopping is also a great way to soak up Berlin’s vibrancy. The Champs-Élysées style Kurfuerstendamm (locally known as Ku’damm) is filled with trendy shops and boutiques as well as cafés and restaurants. Friedrichstrasse is another major shopping spot.

Of course, no trip to Berlin is complete without a taste of just some of its world-renowned eclectic mix of food and nightlife. One of the highest-rated and lesser-known spots to grab a bite is a place called Burgermeister, a quaint and alternative place to get a delicious burger. For something more traditional (and a little harder to pronounce) Schwarzwaldstuben is a much-loved traditional restaurant where you will find heaping portions of authentic South-German cuisine. Currywurst is a popular specialty in Berlin and visitors simply cannot leave without trying it! Check out Curry 36 in Kreuzberg or Konnopke’s Imbiss in Prenzlauer Berg for some of the best currywurst in the city.

In the heart of this youthful and cosmopolitan city you can find pubs housed in derelict ruins, clubs and even on top of skyscrapers in the summer. For a bit of everything, the Mitte district boasts top venues such as King Kong Klub, Kaffee Burger and Weekend. Kollwitzplatz is a more relaxed, up-market nightlife spot with a great crowd mixing locals and tourists, young and old.

These are the some of the best places to stay during your visit – all are within walking distance of the best sights!

Where to Stay:

Victor’s Residenz-Hotel (****)

Prices start from €93 per room per night on Hotels.com

*Prices are subject to availability at the time of booking.

Victor’s Residenz-Hotel great hotel in the heart of the city centre, just minutes from cultural hot-spots such as Checkpoint Charlie and the DDR Museum. The hotel also has some great, unique amenities such as a running/walking track and a rooftop terrace with fantastic views of the city.

All rooms are also provided with free wifi, free movie channels and a complimentary breakfast, making it an ideal base for your sight-seeing visit.

Golden Tulip Berlin Hotel Hamburg (****)

Prices start from €79 per room per night on Hotels.com

*Prices are subject to availability at the time of booking.

This hotel is great for a city break in Berlin with stylish modern interiors and dining suites boasting panoramic views of the city skyline. Golden Tulip Berlin Hotel is also just minutes from the iconic Brandenburg Gate and Reichstag building.

Berlin Plaza Hotel am Kurfuerstendamm (***)

Prices start from €63 per room per night on Hotels.com

*Prices are subject to availability at the time of booking.

This three-star hotel is located right in the Ku’damm area of the city, basing you at the centre of what some would say is the best the city has to offer. The best of Berlin’s shops, the Reichstag building, Brandenburg Gate and Checkpoint Charlie are all just minutes walk from the front desk!

Berlin Plaza Hotel also offers free wifi, restaurant, bar/lounge facilities and a terrace as well.

For more information and travel tips on planning your holiday visit www.Hotels.com or call 1800 55 3338 to wake up happy on your holiday!