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.
Places of interest near the H2 Hotel Berlin Alexanderplatz
Alexanderplatz is one of Berlin’s best-known squares, thanks to the landmark of the Fernsehturm which towers 365 metres above it. Originally a market square, as well as a parade and exercise space for the Prussian troops, the square also known affectionately as “Alex” was given its current look in the 1960s, when it was converted into a pedestrian area with numerous shopping opportunities, such as the “Alexa”.
The Alexanderplatz station offers convenient access to the city’s major train stations and airports, as well as the area surrounding the capital.
A superlative location
From being a symbol of the city’s division, to its current incarnation - one of the liveliest quarters of the city.
The impressive Sony Center, the CinemaxX, a theatre dedicated to musicals and the Potsdamer Platz Arcades provide Berliners and visitors alike with a variety of entertainment.»
The seat of power
For visitors to Berlin, the glass dome of the Reichstag is a must-see:
from here, not only can you see directly into the debating chamber, you also
enjoy panoramic views over the city. Admission is free, but you do need to book
A permanent exhibition informs visitors about the building’s changing history.
"please open this gate"
The Brandenburg Gate is one of Berlin’s most popular attractions and
Although the Brandenburg Gate could share stories from more than 200 years of German history, for most people it is known only as a symbol of the division and reunification of Germany.
Museum Island - UNESCO World Heritage site
Constructed between 1825 and 1930, today the Museum Island is a unique work of art belonging to UNESCO’s World Heritage programme. Internationally renowned museums and collections, such as the Pergamon Museum and the Alte Nationalgalerie, invite you to the banks of the Spree to take an exciting journey through time and the world of art.» Continue to Location & surroundings
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Mehringdamm 36 in Kreuzberg – for those in the know, the mere mention of the address makes their mouth water: What began on a wooden wagon more than 30 years ago is now one of the best places in Berlin to have a currywurst. An absolute classic for your trip to Berlin – incidentally, fans can take the original Curry 36 ketchup home in the bottle with them.
The "Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe", inaugurated in 2005, is located close to the Brandenburg Gate. Across an area of 19,000 square meters, 2711 concrete columns were erected according to the design of famous New York architect Peter Eisenman. These columns vary in height and the paving stones beneath them form waves. The surreal and desolate place invites you to think, both as you wander between the columns, which become higher and higher towards the centre, and within the information centre below the memorial, as you learn the fates of many Jewish families.
Checkpoint Charlie and Mauermuseum
"Checkpoint Charlie" in the Friedrichstraße is probably the most famous former border crossing from the period of German division in Berlin. The American-controlled border point was the scene of numerous risky attempts to smuggle people into West Berlin. The history of the divided capital becomes tangible around Checkpoint Charlie, even if the Wall is no longer standing. Since 1963, visitors to the adjacent Mauermuseum have been able to find out about the worldwide non-violent struggle for human rights. The exhibition rooms include numerous documented examples of various successful and failed escape attempts.» Continue to Location & surroundings