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Berlin

Introduction

Berlin, the capital of Germany, is a great city in which to have a city break. With a population of around 4 million people, Berlin is the largest city in the country. Berlin has a reputation for a lively nightlife scene. This combined with the museums, architecture and sites of historical significance, makes Berlin a must see city break destination.



Getting there

Air: Berlin has numerous airports. Tegel International (TXL) is the main airport for the large airlines. There are easy bus connections to the city. Schönefeld (SXF) is a popular airport with the budget airlines. S-Bahn line 9 will take you to the city. Lastly, Tempelhof is a pre war airport used by a small number of carriers which is due for closure at some point in 2007.

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Rail: The German railways are run by Deutsche Bahn and overnight trains are available to European destinations such as Amsterdam, Paris and Zurich.

Accommodation

Berlin has a wide range of accommodation to suit all budgets. Check out Expedia City Break Hotel Deals. Alternatively look at at hotels.com.

What to See and Do

Berlin's numerous attractions include the following:

Berlin Wall: The concrete wall that once divided East from West is now almost entirely removed as the city and two cultures have reunited. If you wish to see one of the remaining locations where the wall is still intact then travel east of the city centre along the River Spree in Mühlenstraße. The wall here is an art gallery with numerous murals, many of a political nature. A Berlin Wall Memorial exists as a memory to those that died trying to escape the east for the freedom of the west. The memorial can be found near Bernauerstrasse U Bahn station.

Olympiastadion: The Olympic stadium with its neoclassical architecture was built for the 1936 Olympics. Jesse Owens won 4 gold medals at the games much to Hitler's disgust. These days the stadium is used for football matches and is home to Hertha Berlin.

Potsdamer Platz : Once split by the Berlin Wall, Potsdamer Platz is complete once again and has seen substantial redevelopment in modern architectural styles.

The Brandenburg Gate / Reichstag: A famous symbol of Berlin, a visit here can be combined with a visit to the the Reichstag Building which was the original parliament of the German Empire.

Getting Around

U Bahn: The Berlin metro is a model of German efficiency. Very convenient and easy to use. There are no turnstiles but make sure you buy a ticket as inspectors do operate. Signs on the platform will tell you how long before the next train.

S Bahn: Mainly above ground, the S Bahn is operated by Deutsche Bahn and is also a great way to get around.

Tram: Mainly in the former east Berlin, trams offer another convenient way to see some of the attractions.

Bus: Line 100 is a must for the tourist as it passes the main sights of the city. Sit on the top deck for the best views.