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One of Europe's greatest - and greenest - cities, Berlin is a kaleidoscopic mix of grit and glamour with a hugely diverse blend of cultures. Its remarkable history is as famous as its notoriously wild nightlife, while it retains a longstanding hipster vibe as photographers and artists gather in search of inspiration. Berlin's many lakes, canals and parks are best discovered on wheels, surprisingly easy thanks to the network of specialist cycle lanes, complete with their own traffic light system. In Berlin you'll find top museums, galleries and operas, but its underground clubs, ethnic food trucks and edgy boutiques are just as popular.
The vibrant capital of Germany continues to revel in the rejuvenation it has enjoyed since the fall of the Berlin Wall. The Brandenburg Gate and Checkpoint Charlie stand as a visual reminder of the city's turbulent past, blended with modern architecture such as Daniel Libeskind's Jewish Museum and the glass dome of the Reichstag designed by Sir Norman Foster. The 'Island of Museums' contains the Pergamon Museum with its renowned collection of antiquities, and the Old National Gallery and its outstanding collection of 18th and 19th century paintings and sculptures. Visit the nearby city of Potsdam, home to Schloss Sanssouci, an enchanting Rococo palace with extravagant interiors and an extensive park, and Cecilienhof Palace which served as the venue for the Potsdam Conference in 1945 where the main Allied powers established the political balance of Europe.
The East Side Gallery features impressive street art, appropriately housed in Berlin's international memorial for freedom. Hire a bike for a unique two-wheeled perspective of the city's green areas before cycling up nearby Mount Klamott for panoramic city views. Mauerpark is a Sunday morning flea market beloved by locals and full of endless food stalls, clothes shops and vintage bargains. No trip to Berlin is complete without viewing the iconic Wall Memorial, another of Berlin's tributes to freedom. For supper try traditional German Currywurst at Konnopke's Imbiss cult sausage kitchen, before trying your luck at Berghain, a club in a disused power plant with a notoriously strict entry policy.
Germany at Christmas is magical: throughout December the famous Weinachtsmarkts transform the city into a Brothers Grimm fairytale. Pick up handmade crafts from the Christmas markets to take home along with delicious German chocolate.
Germany is a year-round destination. While Munich might be considerably further south than Berlin, the two cities have broadly comparable summers due to altitude of Munich. May through to September are the most popular months and best for getting outdoors. Spring and Autumn hold real attraction as they are quieter and the weather is still pleasant. Winter is Christmas market time in the main cities.
Berlin - British Airways, easyJet
Munich - British Airways, easyJet
Cologne / Bonn - easyJet
Dusseldorf - British Airways, easyJet
Dortmund - easyJet
Frankfurt - British Airways
Hamburg - British Airways, easyJet
Stuttgart - British Airways
Berlin - 1 hour 50 minutes
Munich - 1 hour 50 minutes
Cologne / Bonn -1 hour 20 minutes
Dusseldorf - 1 hour 20 minutes
Dortmund - 1 hour 15 minutes
Frankfurt - 1 hour 45 minutes
Hamburg - 1 hour 35 minutes
Stuttgart - 1 hour 35 minutes
GMT +1 hour
Our experts can tailor-make the perfect holiday to suit your individual requirements, however, if you need inspiration or a starting point, below are some of our suggested trips and experiences:
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