Berlin is one of most creative and exciting cultural centres in Europe. Full of historic cultural attractions, beautiful parks, thriving nightlife and superb shopping, it has something for everyone.
When to visit
While Berlin has a fairly moderate climate all year round, December to February can be cold with snow likely. Summer is the ideal time to visit Berlin, with the warmer weather perfect for exploring the city’s waterways and multitude of outdoor attractions.
Where to stay
For a luxurious stay, be sure to check into the Das Stue. Housed in a former embassy, the hotel combines stately grandeur with intimate furnishings and welcoming staff. Soho House Berlin is another of the best boutique hotels in Berlin. Located in East Berlin’s Mitte neighbourhood, its chief draws are the roof-top bar, swimming pool and plush basement cinema.
What to see
Berlin is full of rich history and world-famous attractions, with three Unesco World Heritage sites, one of the few cities that can lay claim to this accolade. Unmissable sights include Checkpoint Charlie, the Reichstag, the Brandenburg Gate and Museumsinsel (Museum Island).
Where to dine
Berlin has a diverse restaurant scene which encompasses everything from traditional German cuisine to innovative international restaurants. Our top choices are Lutter & Wegner for a great Austrian-inspired menu or, for those who love Asian cuisine, Uma, a Japanese restaurant with an impressive sushi menu.
Where to shop
Berlin is famous for its independent labels and small boutiques; for the very best, head to Alte and Neue Schönhauser Strasse. Those looking for top international brands should go to Kurfürstendamm, Berlin’s answer to the Champs-Élysées in Paris. Department store KaDeWe is also a must-visit for fashion, food and beauty buys.
Top tips to remember
Hire a bike: Berlin’s plethora of parks and the largely flat ground make cycling a great way to explore the city.
Tipping: many Germans simply round up their bill to cover a tip. Leaving money on the table is not typical, so be prepared to give the whole amount, including the tip, to the member of staff when you pay.