City Guide Berlin, Germany

Visiting Berlin

While it was synonymous with a divided Germany for so many years in the past, Berlin now symbolizes the unification of the country. Today the German Parliament sits here to discuss issues affecting the country just footsteps away from the Brandenburg Gate, a reminder of both division and unity. The German capital also makes for the perfect city destination, with plenty to do both before and after dark.

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Berlin Podcasts

Berlin - On Museumsinsel

Located at the top of Unter den Linden in Berlin, Museumsinsel is where you will find the German capital's main museums. These include the Altes Museum and Pergamonmuseum. In this podcast Hostelworld.com's Colm Hanratty speaks to Mechtild Kronenburg from the National Museums of Berlin to find out about these museums and more.

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Berlin City Reviews

  • 90%


    Oh the History!

    Berlin is an absolutely amazing city with an incredible history that you feel every moment you're there. There is so much to see and do in Berlin that it is the first city I've been to where I feel like I can go back for another 5 days and still have plenty to do. Berlin really has great value for the money as it offers everything a major city would (great transportation, international cuisine) but at a fraction of the price compared to Paris/London. This may be my favorite city in Europe.

    Insider Tip:Plan at least 5 days in Berlin. I thought that was crazy when I read it before hand but I stayed for 4 days and hardly scratched the surface.

  • 90%


    Berlin is cool :-)

    If you love history, great museums, christmas markets and fair prices, this is your place. There a lot of museums free of charge, specialy about the world war II and the cold war, memorials all over the city, great places to shopping (Ka De We is awsome, a little bit fancy but one must know it and perhaps try a piece of the delicous pies they have).If you come in december, take a look on the christmas markets, they are a must go.

    Insider Tip:Take the bus number 100 and make a cheap tour trought all the nice famous places :-) Make sure to agend your visit to Reichstag two weeks early ore more. It's a really nice thing to do there.

  • 50%


    Not for tourists

    Berlin is a big, huge city, and it does look like a big, huge, functional and sharp city. There are, of course, several things to do as a visitor, but overall it is not as beautiful-looking as other big cities in Europe. Berlin is more about things to do, specially at night, than things to see. The Eastern part of the city is tarred, dirty and "grey". The Western part is more full of high-tech buildings and spaces that emanate power. Memorials are interesting and museums are awesome.

    Insider Tip:Go to the Science Centre in the Technikmuseum, it is amazing, full of experiments and interactive things to test. If you are a fan of boardgames, there is a store called Spielbrett that sells tons of games (the most amazing store I ever entered!) with fair price. Of course, they are all in German, so...

  • 70%


    So many tourists!

    As expected for big cities, Berlin is full of tourists, even though we went there kind of off-peak season. However, it is interesting to learn about this city history.

    Insider Tip:According to our tour guide, the Checkpoint Charlie is not the real one, it's a tourist trap. The real one has been removed long ago. The one in Berlin now is only set up after tourists kept asking where the Checkpoint Charlie was; it's a fake!

  • 90%


    Berlin I haven't time to see

    Well the city looks like a little bit sad, but fully of history, I will be back there as soon as possible.

Germany: Itinerary

Berlin is Germany's best known city due to its turbulent history. But that's all in the past now and Berlin is a city looking forward. It offers travellers the perfect mix of sightseeing, history and culture. On top of that it has a stomping nightlife and endless (yet reasonable) restaurants.

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