Since the collapse of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the city’s emblematic Brandenburg Gate now stands as a symbol of optimism, while names such as Checkpoint Charlie seem (almost) consigned to the history books. Classic sights like Unter den Linden Boulevard still draw the visitors, while innovations such as the controversial glass dome atop the Reichstag building have already gained acceptance amongst the forward-thinking burghers. Museums are filled with fine art, Bauhaus styles, Guggenheim collections and Warhol and Lichtenstein signatures. There is shopping to suit all styles along the Kurfürstendamm and its more upmarket asides, parks and Prussian palaces aplenty, plus cocktail bars and music venues that cater for all tastes, loud or lewd.
Metropolitan Hotel - 3* (Map)
Review: A renovated building in the heart of the city centre, close to an s-bahn station. An ideal choice for those on a budget.
Location: Schaperstrasse 36, 10719 Berlin-Wilmersdorf
From £30 per room per night
Schlosshotel im Grunewald - 5* (Map)
Review: A five Star deluxe hotel in Grunewald, Berlins most prestigious residential area. 10 minutes from Berlin Tegel airport and within easy reach of the city centre, this resort within the city offers peace and tranquility thanks to having its own park.
Location: Brahmsstrasse 10, D 14193 Berlin
From £200 per night per room
Berlin's sights and attractions are rather dotted around the city but here are some of our particular favourites...
Review: A visit to the roof terrace and dome of the Reichstag Building is well worth the trip.
Expert Tip: For a full guided tour of the whole building, it's best to pre-book.
Location: Platz der Republik 1, 10557 Berlin
Opening Times: The roof terrace and dome of the Reichstag Building are open from 08.00 hrs to midnight daily. Guided tours of the Reichstag building are only available when Parliament is not sitting.
Jewish Museum (Map)
Review: A fine baroque building, the postmodern zigzags of the Libesking building, & a stunning glass courtyard combine to make this one of the most architecturally (as well as historically) significant landmarks in Berlin.
Expert Tip: Children under the age of six are free of charge
Location: Lindenstrasse 9-14, 10969 Berlin
Opening Times: Monday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m; Tuesday-Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Adults 5 Euros; Children & Concessions: 2.50 Euros
Potsdamer Platz (Map)
Review: Reduced to ruins during the war and susequently bisected by the Berlin Wall, Potsdamer Platz has regained its status as a hub of central Berlin. Head here for excellent shopping during the day and an exciting mix of theatres, clubs & restaurants by night.
Expert Tip: Head down Potsdamer Strasse and visit the Sony Centre with its amazing suspended ceiling
Location: Potsdamer Platz, 10117 Berlin
Opening Times: 24 hours
Berlin Restaurants & Bars
You cannot live on currywurst alone when you visit Berlin... although it is their speciality and is definitely worth trying! Here are some alternative options for eating out:
Hard Rock Cafe (Map)
Review: Top of the range American diner burgers & music memorabilia
Location: Kurfurstendamm 224, Berlin
From £15 per person
Nocti Vagus (Map)
Review: A very popular restaurant which presents crime dinner, live music or scary shows while you have a 3 or 4 course meal in absolute darkness.
Location: Saarbrücker Strasse 36-38, 10405 Berlin
From £25 per person.