The ideal starting point for your explorations
Visit the Alexa shopping centre with its trendy fashion boutiques and enormous model railway, situated only around 850 m from our hotel. On your city trip through Berlin, be sure not to miss the area known as the “Historische Mitte” (“Historic Centre”). This area includes Berlin Cathedral as well as the Monbijou Bridge, which spans the River Spree, and Museum Island with the Pergamon Museum and the Alte Nationalgalerie, where you can marvel at artistic works from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.
On the northernmost tip of Spree Island in Berlin is the Museum Island and its five major museums, which not only form part of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation, but also come under the protection of the UNESCO World Heritage programme.
By contrast, modern restaurants await you with open-air terraces on the Unter den Linden boulevard. At the Madame Tussauds waxwork museum, you can look deep into the eyes of prominent international figures, such as Nelson Mandela, Lady Gaga or Cristiano Ronaldo.
From Alexanderplatz, you can reach some of the city’s most exciting sightseeing attractions in next to no time by bus, S-Bahn (city and suburban railway) and U-Bahn (underground railway). With BVG bus 100, which starts at Alexanderplatz, you can take a cheap city tour up to the Kurfürstendamm, an avenue steeped in history. Here you will find sights such as the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, which is also known as “Hohler Zahn” (“Hollow Tooth”) because of its missing spire.
The Berlin Zoo is home to more than 20,000 animals. Thanks to its successful breeding of several endangered species and its extensive park grounds and mature trees right in the heart of the German capital, it has always been a crowd-puller.
If you are spending a family holiday in Berlin, be sure not to miss Germany’s oldest zoo: The Berlin Zoo impresses visitors with animals from five continents, a “junior zoo university” and night-time tours for children. There is also an aquarium next door with numerous colourful fish, reptiles and insects.
In addition, if you have always wanted to wander down stately paths, a visit to the palaces and gardens of Potsdam is recommended. In particular, the large grounds of the time-honoured Sanssouci Palace with its lush green vineyard terraces and the grave of King Frederick II are worth an excursion.