Mini guide to Berlin
Berlin is the new capital of the unified Germany; and the construction spurt
in the 1990s has elevated the city back to its former glory when Prussian kings
ruled and lived in Berlin. It has that cutting-edge, avant-garde atmosphere
that most German cities lack - Berlin is the true metropolitan city of Germany.
The city has been revitalised so quickly, with many gardens and parks having
been returned to their former glory, and a multitude of modern glass and chrome
buildings now dot the formerly sombre skyline - the Potsdamer Platz and Europa
Centre are just two examples of this modernisation. The city boasts wonderful
museums and galleries, too much to explore in just one visit. Shopping is plentiful,
with the famous KaDeWe department store on the main shopping street Kudamm,
offering something for every palate.
Berlin's central location lends itself to daytrips by car. Many former East
German jewels are within an easy drive, with Potsdam the closest and Dresden
and Leipzig farther afield. To wind down from the excitement of the city, stroll
around the beautiful and tranquil Spreewald and enjoy a boat ride on the many
The geography of Berlin has undergone many permutations. The city has always
been bisected by the Spree River, but post-war it was divided up into sectors
and later split in half between the German Democratic Republic and West Germany.
Since reunification, Berlin's geography has changed again, this time uniting
all the different areas into one big city the first time in over 40 years. The
city boasts many parks and woodlands, which are a great getaway from the city.
Berlin has had a tumultuous history from a glorious past of Prussian kings,
to nightly Allied bombings that decimated the city and the dark force of the
Stasi police, now thankfully gone. Through it all, the spirited Berliners were
able to survive - in fact, the bombed remains of the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtnis-Kirche
serve as a reminder and symbol of hope to the people of Berlin. People who knew
the old Berlin are simply amazed at how far the city has come in just the few
short years since reunification.
The autobahn network provides Berlin with an easy car link to the rest of Germany,
as well as the neighbouring countries of Poland and the Czech Republic. There
are no less than three airports to choose from in Berlin.
Selection of hotels in this region:
Radisson SAS Hotel Berlin
Queens Hotel Berlin
Berlin Mark Hotel
Am Zoo Hotel
Dorint Novotel Berlin Tiergarten
Derag Hotel & Living Konigin Luise
Maritim proArte Hotel Berlin
Westin Grand Hotel Berlin
Hotel Tiergarten Berlin
Holiday Inn Berlin City Centre East
Crowne Plaza Berlin City Centre
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