Berlin Holidays & City Breaks 2019 / 2020 /19
The German capital of Berlin is not only a historical city, but a city that intertwines the contemporary with the past. Historical landmarks which represent the ruins of Germany’s tainted past are easy to come across in the city, and many have now undergone a transformation. The historic Berlin wall is a symbol of the division that once split the country, however, the contemporary artwork which now covers the wall shows the barriers which have been broken. Other sights across Berlin act as a constant reminder of unification, like the Brandenburg Gate. Berlin also has a thriving art scene which isn’t only spotted on the city’s well-known wall. A Berlin city break is packed full of history, and you can’t visit without seeing the capital’s Holocaust memorial, which is a strong reminder of its past.
Things to do in Berlin
Berlin weekend breaks are jam packed with fun and plenty to do. There are a variety of sights which appeal to all types of holidaymakers. History buffs, culture vultures and did we mention shopaholics? Whatever it is you’re looking for during a Berlin break, you’ll be sure to enjoy yourself. Top things to do in Berlin include:
- The Berlin Wall – This long stretch of concrete once acted as a barrier that split the capital into two from 1961 to 1989. It was created by the German Democratic Republic (East Germany). Destruction of the wall started in 1990 and finished in 1992. Now, it is a canvas for artists from around the world.
- Alexanderplatz – This square is the centre of all Berlin city breaks. Built up with modernised buildings and a 365-meter TV Tower, Alexanderplatz is home to many shops, bars and restaurants.
- Reichstag Building – Home to the German parliament, the building features a glass dome boasting panoramic views of Berlin.
- Checkpoint Charlie – This spot acted as a boundary for East and West Berlin during the Cold War, used by Western Allies.
- Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe – This section of Berlin features 2,711 columns forming a maze-like memorial dedicated to the Jews that died during the holocaust.
Places to eat
Berlin has a number of dishes which the city is known for. First and foremost, we have to talk about the currywurst. This is perhaps Berlin’s most iconic street food, so much so, that you can find currywurst almost anywhere in the capital. Currywurst consists of a frankfurter sausage which is made with a traditional curry sauce, made up of a mixture of tomato sauce, Worcester sauce and curry powder. When you visit Berlin, it will be clear to see the obvious Turkish influence around the city. This is reflected in some of the street food too, typically doner kebabs. It is said that Turkish immigrants invented the doner kebab in Berlin, so it is only right that it is at the top of your list during your Berlin city break. It’s the perfect fast food after a night out!
Top restaurants in Berlin include:
- Curry 36
- Osman’s Tochter
History and culture is all around Berlin, with a number of monuments and cultural events throughout the year. It’s clear to see why Berlin is such a front runner when it comes to culture within Europe.
- Jewish Museum – Learn all about the events of WWII and the Jews in Germany.
- House of Checkpoint Charlie – This iconic checkpoint has so much history behind it. Its museum sheds light on its remarkable past.
- Berlin International Film Festival – The city’s film festival brings together an eclectic mix of cultures to the capital.
- Carnival of Cultures – Berlin’s Carnival of Cultures brings about a yearly celebration marking the importance of various cultures in the city.
When to go
Berlin is a fantastic destination, because it doesn’t matter what time of the year you visit, you’ll have a great time regardless. However, the summer months are a great time to embark on your Berlin holiday. The weather is usually hot and sunny, making it perfect to explore the city and discover the sights. The evenings and night time can still get a bit chilly, but overall, it’s the best time to visit the German capital if lovely weather is what you’re looking for. If you enjoy milder, more pleasant temperatures, head to Berlin during the spring or autumn months.
Average high and low temperatures (°C)
- January: 3° / -2°
- February: 4° / -2°
- March: 8° / 1°
- April: 13° / 4°
- May: 19° / 9°
- June: 22° / 12°
- July: 24° / 14°
- August: 24° / 14°
- September: 19° / 10°
- October: 13° / 6°
- November: 7° / 2°
- December: 4° / -1°
Berlin is not only an exciting city during the day, it also comes alive at night. In Berlin there is no shortage of bars and clubs if you fancy partying on through the night. Berlin is also known to not have a closing time, meaning clubs and bars close when they want to and can even go on into the early hours of the morning.
Top nightlife districts in Berlin include:
- Oranienstaße – A lively and vivacious area in Berlin.
- Wrangelstraße – Looking to enjoy the night with stunning river views of the River Spree? This is your spot.
- City West – This is a great spot for those looking for a classy and elegant night out.
- Winterfeldtplatz – A vibrant and energetic district with LGBT clubs.
Berlin City Breaks
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