Berlin, on the Spree River, is the formerly divided city that has become even more of a tourist draw since the Berlin Wall was demolished, more than 20 years ago. It is a cosmopolitan city with plenty to do and see and a great location for taking time out to shop, visit the more than 200 galleries and museums, eat, drink, and generally make merry enjoying the city's buzzing nightlife.
When to visit BerlinSummers in Berlin are hot, averaging 90ºF in July, and are a good time for a Berlin vacation. There are cold, sometimes bitter and freezing winters at 48ºF. Some of the biggest tourist draws are the Berlin Film Festival in February, the Berlin Beer Festival in August, Christmas shopping at street markets in December, and Germany Unity Day in October.
How to get to BerlinBerlin-Tegel Airport (TXL), also known as Otto Lilienthal after the aviation pioneer, lies five miles to the north of the city. The city's second airport is Berlin-Schönefeld Airport (SXF). Downtown Berlin travel is simple with buses, trams, and the U-Bahn subway and the S-Bahn electric surface rail system.
Berlin attractionsTourists are not at a loss for things to do in Berlin. Near the Tiergarten, Berlin's park and zoo, is a good business option stay at the Maritim Hotel. Swissotel Berlin is a good choice for many, near the shopping heart of the Kurfürstendamm boulevard. Moevenpick Berlin is nearby the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, the damaged church from World War II that stands as a memorial to the conflict. Other memorable buildings include the Norman Foster remodeled Reichstag and the Brandenburg Gate, with the Checkpoint Charlie Museum housing a retelling of the Cold War and divided Berlin.
Where to stay in BerlinTourists can find a bewildering range of hotels in Berlin city center, ranging from boutique hotels to hostels. There are dozens of 5-star hotels scattered throughout the city. Use Hotels.com to find and book online the best hotels in Berlin.