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2 Nights in Berlin - including christmas markets

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This is a general travel guide to Berlin around christmas time, which includes seeing the famous markets. There is a lot of things to see and do, many of them free!!

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14 Places

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14 Places

Radisson Blu Hotel, Berlin

Hotels

The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe

Monuments & Statues

East Side Gallery

Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Berlin TV Tower (Fernsehturm)

Observation Decks & Towers, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Architectural Buildings

Museum Island

Speciality Museums, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Haus der 100 Biere

Restaurants

Brandenburg Gate

Points of Interest & Landmarks, Monuments & Statues

HEat

Restaurants

Alexanderplatz

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Alexa

Gift & Speciality Shops

Berliner Dom

Churches & Cathedrals, Architectural Buildings

Checkpoint Charlie

Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Memorial of the Berlin Wall

Historic Sites

Gendarmenmarkt

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Jessica-sykes30's City Tips

  • currency = €uro
  • 2 airports in Berlin: Berlin Schönefeld Airport and Berlin Tegel airport - be sure to pick the best one for your hotel/location
  • Many christmas markets - perfect to get you in the christmas spirit.
  • Easy to get around - by public transport, taxi, or walking!
  • Lots to see / do for everyone.
  • Radisson Blu Hotel, Berlin
    Hotels
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    Jessica-sykes30 Says:

    We stayed here during our trip and it is such an excellent hotel! The location is very close to Alexanderplatz, and museum island. You can have a room facing in to the hotel with views of the world largest fishtank (see photos, fab!) or facing outside with views of Berlin Cathedral. Both are excellent. Inside the hotel is a gym, spa, restaurant, a sea-life centre connected to the fishtank, and bar underneath the fishtank which is very relaxing! Excellent place to base yourself during your trip to Berlin!

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    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
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    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Request a room with the view of the fishtank or Berlin cathedral.
    • Excellent location - near to museum island.
    • Walking distance to the brandenburg gate, holocaust memorial, Alexanderplatz
    • around €10 taxi journey to east side gallery - ask concierge to book
    • restaurant inside the hotel is excellent - recommend eating here.
    • recommend the spa!
    • Can pay a small price to go up inside the centre of the fish tank through the sea-life centre based at the hotel
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #99 of 634 Hotels in Berlin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Excellent Location, great breakfast 19/06/2019
    • Great location 15/06/2019
    • Radisson Blu Hotel, Berlin
    Address:
    Karl-Liebknecht-Strasse 3
    10178 Berlin
    Germany
    Phone:
    011 49 4930 238280
    Other:
  • The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
    Monuments & Statues
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    Jessica-sykes30 Says:

    This is the memorial to the Jews who were murdered during the Holocaust. It's a very simple structure/memorial of blocks of concrete of different heights and different sizes all within one area, close to Brandenburg gate. Despite the memorial structures being very minimalistic and simple in design and construction, it is extremely moving. The memorial structures were designed by architect Peter Eisenman and engineer Buro Happold. It took over 1 year to complete, with work starting in April 2003 and completed in December 2004. It cost approximately €25m to construct. The memorial covers an area of 4.7-acres, and consists of 2,711 concrete slabs, arranged in a grid pattern on a sloping field. The slabs vary in height but do not vary in length 2.38 meters or width 0.95 meters. The slabs are organized in rows - with 54 rows deep in total and 87 rows wide... There is an underground Place of Information that holds the names of all the victims. No further information is given at the memorial itself (but only held underneath in the place of information.)

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    • Must See
    • Like a Local
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    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
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    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Enter the monument and stroll through the concrete slabs to get the full impact of the horror & also to reflect/pause.
    • Make sure you go into the place of information underneath the monument of slabs to gain more information and to get the full impact.
    • visit in the day as the slabs are not lit up at night.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 996 things to do in Berlin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Powerful Reminder 19/06/2019
    • Speechless 19/06/2019
    • The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
    Address:
    Near the Brandenburg Gate
    Information Center: Cora-Berliner-Straße 1
    10117 Berlin
    Germany
    Phone:
    +49 30 2639430
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    10:00 - 20:00
    Other:
  • East Side Gallery
    Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Jessica-sykes30 Says:

    East side gallery is an international memorial for freedom on a section of what is left of the Berlin wall, established in 1990. Located near the centre of Berlin the 1.3km section of wall is full of political art work / graffiti pieces. The gallery is located on the so-called "hinterland mauer", which closed the border to West Berlin, and contains about 105 paintings in total. Really is a must see!

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    Tips
    • Art gallery is outside - so wrap up warm in winter
    • Make sure you take your camera, as these are must see pieces
    • Not your standard art gallery, most of the paintings are in a graffiti style & are very political
    • Artwork is on both sides of the wall in parts, so make sure to look on both sides
    • Many visitors, so you may spend more time here to make sure you see all the paintings/get good photos.
    • Most of the artwork contains writing - so make sure you read this. Also, read up before you go as it can really emphasise what you are seeing / what they were feeling.
    • get dropped off at one end, and walk the wall to the other end.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 996 things to do in Berlin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing Gallery 19/06/2019
    • Interesting and inspiryng 19/06/2019
    • East Side Gallery
    Address:
    Muehlenstrasse 3-100
    Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg
    14167 Berlin
    Germany
    Phone:
    +49 30 2517159
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  • Berlin TV Tower (Fernsehturm)
    Observation Decks & Towers, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Architectural Buildings
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    Jessica-sykes30 Says:

    The television tower is 368 meters tall and so is the tallest structure in Germany, and the second tallest structure in the EU. Located in Alexanderplatz, and is an easily visible landmark of Berlin. There is a visitor platform 203 metres up, with views of 42km across Berlin on a clear day. There is also a restaurant in the middle of the sphere, 207 up, which rotates every 30 minutes. These are accessible by lifts (takes 40 seconds!) or 986 steps. Unfortunately, I don't think this is accessible for wheelchairs.

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    • Luxury Traveller
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    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
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    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Views are spectacular from the viewing platform - make sure you take your camera
    • Plan this for a clear day as the views from the platform can be up to 42m across Berlin
    • Don;t think this is accessible for wheelchairs
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #113 of 996 things to do in Berlin
    • Stunning views, rather expensive. The fast track queue is even more expensive. 18/06/2019
    • Landmark 18/06/2019
    • Berlin TV Tower (Fernsehturm)
    Address:
    Panoramastr. 1A
    10178 Berlin
    Germany
    Phone:
    +49 30 247575875
    Price range:
    US$18 - US$18
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  • Museum Island
    Speciality Museums, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Jessica-sykes30 Says:

    Museum Island is called so because of it having 5 internationally significant museums here! These include: The Altes museum (Old museum), Neues Museum (new museum), The Alte Nationalgalerie (Old National Gallery), Bode museum & the Pergamon museum. All five contains differ things depending on your interests! It is a UNESCO world heritage site.

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    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
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    • Luxury Traveller
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    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
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    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Currency - Euro
    • Museums - do have different admission prices
    • UNESCO word heritage site
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #17 of 996 things to do in Berlin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Compressed cultural shock! 18/06/2019
    • Beautiful architecture 16/06/2019
    • Museum Island
    Address:
    Breite Street
    13089 Berlin
    Germany
    Phone:
    +49 30 266424242
    Hours:
    Tue - Wed
    10:00 - 18:00
    Thu
    10:00 - 20:00
    Fri - Sun
    10:00 - 18:00
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  • Haus der 100 Biere
    Restaurants (German, Bar, European, Central European)
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    Jessica-sykes30 Says:

    Haus der 100 biere, is located at/around Kurfürstendamm. Good place to have a drink whilst at the christmas markets.

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    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #594 of 7,366 restaurants in Berlin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • awful 13/05/2019
    • First time in Berlin 20/03/2019
    • Haus der 100 Biere
    Address:
    Mommsenstr. 45
    10629 Berlin
    Germany
    Phone:
    +49 30 3242580
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    09:00 - 00:00
    Fri - Sat
    09:00 - 01:00
    Other:
  • Brandenburg Gate
    Points of Interest & Landmarks, Monuments & Statues
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    Jessica-sykes30 Says:

    Located in the western part of the city centre of Berlin within Mitte. It is built on the site of a former city gate that marked the start of the road from Berlin to the town of Brandenburg an der Havel. Between the years of 1961 to 1989, the gate was recognised as a symbol of divide between east and west Berlin, but it is now considered a sign of unity.

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    • Luxury Traveller
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    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Walk through the gate for an added memory
    • Lit up at night - so visit it at day and night for both effects
    • Lots of information on plaques around the landmark - read up to fully understand the complexity of the gate and its symbolisation
    • Take your camera to capture the most important symbolisation of Berlin!
    • Is free & is a must see!
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 996 things to do in Berlin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Worth a visit 19/06/2019
    • Splendid ! 19/06/2019
    • Brandenburg Gate
    Address:
    Pariser Platz
    10117 Berlin
    Germany
    Other:
  • HEat
    Restaurants (Italian, French, American, Asian, European, German)
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    Jessica-sykes30 Says:

    This is located inside the hotel we stayed in, the radisson blu hotel. It had excellent food, service and lots of choice! Highly recommend, also had outdoor seating available for a nice day & views overlooking the river and Berlin Cathedral.

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    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Excellent views overlooking the river and Berlin Cathedral.
    • Recommend the currywurst!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #970 of 7,366 restaurants in Berlin
    • Super nice! 03/06/2019
    • Hotel restaurant 29/05/2019
    • HEat
    Address:
    Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 3
    10178 Berlin
    Germany
    Phone:
    +49 30 238283851
    Price range:
    US$12 - US$30
    Hours:
    Mon
    06:00 - 22:30
    Tue - Sun
    06:00 - 23:00
    Other:
  • Alexanderplatz
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Jessica-sykes30 Says:

    Alexanderplatz is centrally located in Berlin, and has excellent christmas markets during christmas time! Lots of bars and restaurants in this area too - so good base to centre yourself around. Also - it is the largest transport centre for Berlin!

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    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • for shopping fanatics - the Alexa shopping mall is based here and is 5 floors (HUGE!)
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #121 of 996 things to do in Berlin
    • Great Experience 11/06/2019
    • Buzzing area of the city 06/06/2019
    • Alexanderplatz
    Other:
  • Alexa
    Gift & Speciality Shops
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    Jessica-sykes30 Says:

    This is THE shopping place to go for all shopping fanatics. It's 5 floors of every shop you can imagine and lots of food places.

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    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #26 of 323 Shopping in Berlin
    • Beautiful 12/05/2019
    • nice and not to big . 07/04/2019
    • Alexa
    Address:
    Grunerstr. 20
    10179 Berlin
    Germany
    Phone:
    +49 30 269340121
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    10:00 - 21:00
    Other:
  • Berliner Dom
    Churches & Cathedrals, Architectural Buildings
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    Jessica-sykes30 Says:

    The cathedral is simply beautiful. It is Situated on Museum Island by the River Spree. It's the largest church in the city, and is the centre for the Protestant church of Germany. Originally built in 1465, then demolished and rebuilt in 1893 costing 11.5 million marks, then damaged by air raids in 1940 when the altar windows were lost. Further damage was caused in 1944 by the impact of a liquid incendiary bomb, that struck the foot of the dome lantern. Because of difficult access, the fire could not be extinguished, and the entire dome was destroyed. The fire ended up spreading all the way to the Crypt and damaged other areas of the church as the fire was able to spread so quickly. The funds for replacements / repair came slowly and a temporary roof was only constructed 9 years later in 1953, and so service was held in the Crypt. The construction repairs began again in 1975, and took many years to fully complete and restore the church, and was finally completed in 2002.

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    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
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    • Solo
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    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Opening hours: 9am-8pm Monday-Saturday, 12pm-8pm Sundays and holidays
    • No viewing of the church during church service / events
    • Closes earlier, at 7pm, between 1st October - 31st March
    • General admission €7. Reduced admission €5 (students, disabled, groups, school children, retirees, elderly, unemployed)
    • Entrance fee includes - visit of the museum, the crypt and the view from the dome walkway.
    • You can treasure hunt your way around for added fun (especially for the children) - with the free Global Treasure App. This is for adults and children & includes the whole church
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #34 of 996 things to do in Berlin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Impressive and popular cathedral 18/06/2019
    • Pretty 17/06/2019
    • Berliner Dom
    Address:
    Am Lustgarten
    10178 Berlin
    Germany
    Phone:
    +49 30 20269136
    Price range:
    US$7 - US$7
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 19:00
    Other:
  • Checkpoint Charlie
    Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Jessica-sykes30 Says:

    This really is a must see on your trip to Berlin. The history behind the landmark is both sad and interesting. This was the name given by the Western Allies to the best-known Berlin Wall crossing point between East Berlin and West Berlin, during the Cold War. It became a symbol of the Cold War, representing the separation of East and West divide of Berlin. It was designated as the single crossing point for foreigners and members of the Allied forces and was active for almost 30 years. The most significant event that occurred at checkpoint Charlie was arguably the death of Peter Fechter, a teenager from East Berlin who tried to escape to West Berlin. He was shot by East Berlin guards for trying to escape and his body became tangled in the barbed wire fences of the divide. As his body was technically on the East side of the wall, soldiers from the West side could not rescue him, and the soldiers from the East side wouldn't rescue him due to fear of provoking the other side and causing further damage between the divide. So he bled to death in front of the whole of the media and lots of onlookers. His body was removed after about 1 hour by the East German Guards. The wall was opened in 1989, and the checkpoint booth removed in June 1990, yet the checkpoint remained an official crossing for foreigners & diplomats until German reunification in October 1990 when the guard house was removed.

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    Tips
    • A replica version of the guardhouse was later installed on Friedrichstrasse as a tourist attraction - but the original now sits on display at the Allied Museum in Berlin.
    • original check point sign (and best memorabilia) is located in Haus am Checkpoint Charli
    • Easily accessibly by public transport - nearest underground is U6 U Kochstr./Checkpoint Charlie (0.1km away)
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #321 of 996 things to do in Berlin
    • Huge disappointment 19/06/2019
    • Ok place 18/06/2019
    • Checkpoint Charlie
    Address:
    Friedrichstr. 43-45
    10969 Berlin
    Germany
    Other:
  • Memorial of the Berlin Wall
    Historic Sites
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    Jessica-sykes30 Says:

    The Berlin Wall Memorial is located in the middle of Berlin and is really shocking at how big and solid the wall was separating the West & East divide. It is situated on Bernauer Strasse, and contains the last piece of the Berlin Wall & extends along 1.4 kilometers of the former border strip.

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    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • climb the viewing platform to be able to appreciate the sheer size of the wall
    • make sure you see the memorial to the people who were killed at the wall - which is located here
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 996 things to do in Berlin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • History in the present 19/06/2019
    • A long walk 19/06/2019
    • Memorial of the Berlin Wall
    Address:
    Bernauer Strasse 111
    13355 Berlin
    Germany
    Phone:
    +49 30 467986666
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    10:00 - 18:00
    Other:
  • Gendarmenmarkt
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Jessica-sykes30 Says:

    We came here for the christmas markets, which were excellent. There are plenty of markets dotted about the city and they;re all great - but this is easily the biggest, the best and the most central. It's near to Brandenburg gate and the SONY centre, and has everything a christmas market anywhere in the world has, and more. Excellent - wrap up warm. It was full of locals and tourists, which added to the great feel - really gets you in the festive spirit and in the mood for christmas!!

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    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Make sure you wrap up warm - can get so cold!!
    • Take gloves so your hands don't get cold while drinking all the beer / mulled wine
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #26 of 996 things to do in Berlin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Surprise concert 17/06/2019
    • Beautiful square 14/06/2019
    • Gendarmenmarkt
    Address:
    Gendarmenmarkt
    10117 Berlin
    Germany
    Phone:
    +49 30 22730431
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