You did read that correctly, 4 nights in Berlin at a 4-star hotel with flights direct from Liverpool for £119 per person.
Why visit Berlin?
Berlin is another amazing city which something to offer for everyone.
History buff? The city is full of museums, landmarks and moments.
Foodie? Berlin has in the last few years really developed it’s dining scene to match the calibre of it’s drinking scene with a multitude of stunning restaurants and unique cafés for any budget.
Night Life? Berlin’s lax licensing laws for clubs, bars and pubs means that the “party scene” is extremely vibrant. Don’t be fooled into thinking you will see drunks anywhere and everywhere though – generally the city is quite sophisticated. Try Time Out’s Berlin Club guide to find something to suit you.
Top 5 Things to Do
- Brandenburg Gate.
How could you visit Berlin and not visit this iconic monument? It is the traditional postcard photo opportunity.
- Visit the Reichstag.
The roof terrace and dome of the Reichstag Building can be visited by members of the public, and offers spectacular views of Berlin’s parliamentary and government district.
The Reichstag is one of the few places you must plan to visit, admission, though free, requires advanced booking. You can book online, or alter naively, you can visit the Visitors’ Service centre next to the Berlin Pavilion and register – this shall be a minimum two hour wait if places are available. If you would rather not wait, you can register to visit in the following two days. Tickets are transferable and you will require your ID to collect them.
- View the city from the heights of the Berlin Television Tower.
Close to Alexanderplatz, the Television Tower stands tall providing 360 views of the city. This is a popular attraction and can be busy, so it may be wise to book ahead and avoid the queues. You can even book a table at the tower’s restaurant “Sphere“.
- Visit Museum Island.
Museum Island has been recognised as an UNESCO site and has over 6000 years worth of art and cultural city on offer. If you’d like to visit them all during your stay, take a look at the 3-day Museum Pass.
- Walk the Berlin Wall
Relics of the wall that once divided the city remain as a memorial and a reminder of the city’s history. It is also worth a visit to Checkpoint Charlie to really understand the story behind this Cold War landmark.
Flights and Hotel
Being a frequent budget airline flyer, I am firmly beginning to believe that EasyJet is the luxury budget airline.
Unlike some other carriers, your seats are still made out of fabric (rather than that wipe down plastic), and you can get away with decent carry-on case.
Ivbergs Hotel Premium (4*) – £168
The Ivbergs is a large 150-room luxury hotel on the outskirts of Berlin, with it’s own Bar / Restaurant and 24 hour reception.
Breakfast is not included within the rate, but the hotel is surrounded by little cafés which are much better value than the €17 each hotel option!
Don’t worry that this hotel isn’t central, it is within a few minutes walking distance of the nearest U-Bahn (Nollendorfplatz).
The Nollendorfplatz line provides a direct link into the city centre (including Alexanderplatz), and is also still classed under Zone A (meaning your tickets are cheaper). The full S- and U-Bahn map can be seen here.
Rather than paying “per use”; I would recommend buying either a day ticket (€7 per adult) or a 7-day week pass (€30 per adult) depending on how much travelling you will be doing. Details regarding individual use fares can be found on the BVG site.
Berlin has also produced it’s own City card specifically designed fro tourists. This card promises free transportation for it’s validity and discount for many tourist attractions. It is worth your while perusing the list before you decide to purchase one of these. Unless you decide to visit a high number of these attractions it is unlikely to save you money. This is best aimed at families with Children, as several children go free with a paying adult.
If you do decide to opt for the Berlin WelcomeCard, look at purchasing it whilst your there and save yourself the €8 shipping fee.
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- Opt for breakfast at a café rather than the hotel to guarantee value for money.
- If you are going to do a lot of travelling on the S- and U-Bahn, get the 7-day ticket for €30 as soon as possible to make it worthwhile.