Berlin City Breaks
The incredibly beautiful city of Berlin, which once marked the division between West and East, is a fascinating destination with a turbulent history. Traces of this city's past are evident as you wander around the many attractions including the imposing Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie and remnants of the Berlin Wall. Berlin was once the symbol of the Cold War, but is now a modern capital city and a popular city break destination.
Each of our Berlin city breaks starts with a journey on the Eurostar from St Pancras International in London to Brussels Midi. There is a short connection in Brussels, where you board the Thalys service to Cologne. An ICE service then completes the journey directly to Berlin. For your Rail & Stay short break in Berlin, you will be departing on a morning Eurostar service.
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A 3-night city break including accommodation at the 4* Hotel Residenz which is located in a charming, Art Nouveau style building on Meinekestrasse, a residential side street away from the hustle and bustle of the busy city and close to the popular Ku'damm shopping area. The Berlin Zoological Gardens, the most visited zoo in Europe, is within easy walking distance of the hotel.
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Popular attractions on Berlin city breaks
The Reichstag is the seat of the German Parliament and is one of Berlin's most famous landmarks. Following the reunification of Germany in 1990, the Reichstag was fully refurbished by architect Norman Foster. His work included the addition of a huge glass dome on the roof, which provides incredible 360 degree views across the city. The dome is designed to direct sunlight into the building, while also allowing visitors to the dome to see into the Parliament chamber from above.
Alexanderplatz & the TV Tower
This grand parade ground, a familiar sight in most communist states, was once a symbol of East Germany. Today, Alexanderplatz is the largest city square in Germany. It is overlooked by the Television Tower. At 368 metres, the TV Tower is the tallest tower in Germany and provides unbeatable views across the city centre and surrounding region. At the top, a revolving restaurant, which rotates twice every hour, offers magnificent views while you eat your meal.
Memorial for Europe's Murdered Jews
Located close to Brandenburg Gate, the Memorial for Europe's Murdered Jews is a permanent place of remembrance for Jews murdered during the holocaust. The poignant memorial consists of a simple grid pattern of concrete slabs set on a sloping field - the slabs begin to tower over you as you walk among them. The memorial is supplemented by an underground information centre containing the names of all known victims.
East Side Gallery
What has come to be known as the 'East Side Gallery' is in fact the longest surviving section of Wall, at 1.3 kilometres in length. It runs along the banks of the River Spree, with 118 international artists from across the world immortalised on the Wall with graffiti art and paintings.
Located outside the city centre beside the River Spree, within a picturesque park, Schloss Charlottenburg is a magnificent palace built by King Freidrich III of Prussia for his wife Sophie-Charlotte.