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Berlin

Berlin

Germany’s capital city is one the great sights of Europe where living history can be found on every corner. With galleries, opera houses, theatres all numbering in the hundreds Berlin is a hot bed of artistic and architectural creation and provides a year-round calendar of festivals and events.

Berlin’s accommodation options – much like its cultural attractions – range from well-known, large-scale choices to lesser-celebrated but no less rewarding alternatives. The 383-room Pullman Berlin Schweizerhof (Budapester Strasse 25) is one of the former, as is the similarly slick 311-room Hotel Concorde Berlin (Augsburger Strasse 41). By contrast, Myer’s Hotel Berlin (Metzer Strasse 26) is a boutique property located in a heritage-rich building dating back to the 1870s, while the compact but stylish Quentin Design Hotel Berlin (Kalckreuthstrasse 12) is a quality four-star choice on a quiet backstreet close to the city centre.

The most famous of Berlin’s shopping hotspots is the upmarket boulevard of Kurfürstendamm (often known simply as “Ku’damm”), which is good for everything from browsing through fashion outlets to rubbernecking at car showrooms – check out the Porsche Design Store (Kurfürstendamm 190). The city’s most famous department store, meanwhile, is the enormous KaDeWe (Tauentzienstrasse 21-24), second only to Harrods in terms of its overall size. A city like Berlin packs in a wild amount of diversity of course, and there are some great options for one-off finds – make a beeline for the weekend antique market at Strasse des 17 Juni or the art market at Zeughaus (Am Zeughaus 1).

There’s more to German food than the clichés. Berlin in particular has a whole host of different ethnic communities, meaning Turkish, Vietnamese and Arabic food can be as easy to come by as a currywurst. Kebabs are something of an art form in Berlin in fact, although the flipside to these basic pleasures is a sizeable number of high-end restaurants. Some of the best restaurants in Berlin include the Regent Berlin Hotel’s Fischers Fritz (Charlottenstrasse 49), which specialises in seafood, and the nearby Lutter & Wegner (Charlottenstrasse 56), great for traditional German and European classics.

Berlinale International Film Festival
February
Berlin’s annual film festival is one of the most prestigious in the world, drawing larger public audiences than any other. It shows some 400 different films a year, selling more than 300,000 tickets in the process.


Carnival of Cultures
May
Providing a window onto the myriad cultures and colours that make up today’s Berlin, the Carnival of Cultures centres on a spectacular parade of themed floats and costumed participants. Music, food, dance and street parties are all key components.  


Berlin Marathon
September
Berlin’s marathon has become one of the most popular in Europe, thanks in no small part to the atmosphere generated by the crowds and the fact that the course itself is considered particularly fast.


Festival of Lights
October
For 12 nights each autumn, Berlin’s historic buildings and major landmarks are illuminated by projections. There’s no cost attached and the lights themselves are generally turned on from 7pm until midnight each evening. It’s even possible to take guided tours of the highlights.


BerMuDa
November    
An abbreviation of Berlin Music Days, BerMuDa has earned a reputation as a focal point for the city’s healthy electronic music scene. The four-day event attracts musicians (and increasingly fans) from around the world, with the central aim of celebrating Berlin’s near-legendary club culture.

ESSENTIALS

Language
German
Currency
Euro
Time zone
GMT +1
Flight time
1 Hour 50
Holiday type
City Break , Sightseeing

WEATHER

17/09/14
Sunny skies
Sunny skies
14°C
min
24°C
max
18/09/14
Sunny skies
Sunny skies
15°C
min
25°C
max
19/09/14
Sunny skies
Sunny skies
15°C
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25°C
max
20/09/14
Sunny skies
Sunny skies
15°C
min
27°C
max
21/09/14
Light rain shower
Light rain shower
12°C
min
26°C
max
Jan
3°C max
-3°C min
Feb
4°C max
-2°C min
Mar
7°C max
0°C min
Apr
14°C max
4°C min
May
19°C max
8°C min
Jun
22°C max
11°C min
Jul
24°C max
13°C min
Aug
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13°C min
Sep
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10°C min
Oct
13°C max
5°C min
Nov
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1°C min
Dec
3°C max
-2°C min

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