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Cheap Holidays, Flights and City Breaks to Berlin, Germany from Ireland

Berlin is Germany’s capital city with a population of 3.5 million people. It is Germany’s largest city and it exudes quality. The history of Berlin has left this stylish city with a highly diverse array of buildings and architecture. This city’s appearance has been designed by the key role it played in Germany’s history in the 20th century.

Why don't you come and visit the German captial where you will be able to learn all there is to know about this historic city that has something for everybody to enjoy. If you wish to explore this scenic European city, check out our deals on holidays and city breaks to Berlin from Ireland.

Berlin as a holiday or short city break destination offers so much to the passionate traveller and we have cheap flights, holidays and city breaks at the best available rates so call us today. Berlin is a city of culture, politics, media and science. Berlin is a well-known destination for tourists, with spectacular festivals, amazing architecture, a bustling nightlife, contemporary arts and a very high standard of living.

There are so many major attractions here. Take your time; you will get around on them all. First you should visit the Fernsehtrum (Television Tower). The Fernsehtrum is located in Alexanderplatz in Mitte and it is one of the tallest structures in the European Union at 368 metres. You should take a lift to the Observation platform and you will also find a revolving restaurant perched on top where you will be able to observe stunning views of day and night-time Berlin.

Like Copenhagen, Berlin is well known for its highly developed cycle lane system and it is estimated that Berlin has 710 bicycles pe 1000 residents. Cycling is a religion in this city, so you may as well join the locals on your holiday to Berlin.

There are a number of big name attractions, which you have to visit during your city break to the German capital. They include the Brandenburg Tor, the Field of Stelae, The Reichstag and the Olympiastadion.

The Brandenburg Tor is a must see when you are on your city break in Berlin. The Brandenburg Gate was built as a triumphal arch. The quaddriga statue; a four horse chariot driven by Victory was designed by Johann Gottfried Schadon and it sits on top. However, the Tor had an eventful life. When Napoleon conquered Berlin in 1806, he carted the quadriga to Paris. He held it hostage until his defeat in 1814. It was badly damaged in the Second World War. The current quadriga is a 1958 copy and it was stranded in ‘no-man’s land’ for 30 years. The Brandenburg Tor was the scene of much celebration when the wall came down.

Another interesting tourist attraction is the Reichstag. The Reichstag Building can be visited by the public, and it has spectacular views of the parliamentary and Government District. But, be advised to arrive early at the Reichstag, as queues usually form early.

If you are interested in a trip a little further afield, why not visit Berlin’s Olympiastadion. The Olympiastadion was originally built for the 1936 Summer Olympics in the southern part of the Reichssportfeld (today Olympia Park Berlin.) During the Second World War, the area suffered little damage. Aside from the Olympics, the Olympiastadion has a very strong footballing tradition. Historically, it is the home of Hertha BSC since 1963.

The Bell Tower was the only part of the Reichssportfeld to be saved during the war. In 1956, the Bell was used as target practice for shooting with anti-tank ammunition. For a chance to see the Bell and the incredible Olympiastadion in Berlin, why don’t you check our hot deals on holidays to Berlin from Ireland.

Come and enjoy this fascinating German city and be swept away by all that Berlin has to offer.

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Information & Facts

Activities

Berlin Segway Tour

Berlin Walking Tour

River Spree Cruise

Third Reich Sites Walking Tour

Climate

Berlin has a temperate oceanic climate. Summers are warm and sometimes humid with average high temperatures of 22–25 °C (72–77 °F) and lows of 12–14 °C (54–57 °F). Winters are relatively cold with average high temperatures of 3 °C (37 °F) and lows of -2 to 0 °C (28 to 32 °F). Spring and autumn are generally chilly to mild. Berlin's built-up area creates a microclimate, with heat stored by the city's buildings. Temperatures can be 4 °C (7 °F) higher in the city than in the surrounding areas. Annual precipitation is 570 millimeters (22 in) with moderate rainfall throughout the year. Light snowfall mainly occurs from December through March, but snow cover does not usually remain for long. The recent winter of 2009/2010 was an exception as there was a permanent snow cover from late December until early March

Eating Out

Restaurants in Berlin will definitely suit every taste and budget. You will find different ethnic restaurants located throughout the German capital.

During your tour of Berlin, you will come across open-air markets. They are a great source of excellent quality, affordable food. Why don’t you visit Winterfeldpl, which is open every Saturday morning and there is so much choice. Try the market in Kreuzberg, which is located on the banks of the Landwehrkanal. It is open every Friday and if you are looking for a more Turkish flavour, this is the market for you.
 

When in Berlin try some of Berlin’s traditional dishes. There is such a varied choice here, you will be definitely thinking about that return visit to the German capital. For those of you who are vegetarian, look no further as Berlin caters very well for vegetarians.

Getting Around

Berlin is a huge city. You can make use of the excellent bus, tram, train and underground services to get around. Taxi services are also easy to use and a bit less expensive than in many other big Central European cities. You can hail a cab (the yellow light on the top shows the cab is available), or find a taxi rank (Taxistand). Taxi drivers are in general able to speak English. If you ask for a short trip (Kurzstrecke), as long as it's under 2km and before the taxi driver starts the meter running, the trip normally is cheaper, €4. This only applies if you flag the taxi down on the street, not if you get in at a taxi rank.

Check the Berlin route planner (in English) to get excellent maps and schedules for the U-Bahn, buses, S-Bahn and trams, or to print your personal journey planner. The route planer can also calculate the fastest door-to-door connection for you destination for any given day and hour. The Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG) have a detailed fare list on their web site.

If you don't know how to get somewhere, or how to get home at night, call +49 30 19449, the Customer Service of the BVG. There are also facilities in most U-Bahn and some S-Bahn stations to contact the Customer Service directly. In 2005 the BVG introduced Metro lines (buses and tram) that run 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All lines are marked with a big orange plate and a white M.

Kids Attractions

Legoland Discovery Centre (Potsdamer Platz)

Loxx Railway World

Babelsberg Film Park

Berlin Zoologischer Garten

Tierpark Berlin

Aquadom and Sealife Centre (Alexanderplatz)

Language

German

English

Money

Euro

Nightlife

Berlin is a city that no other destination can compete with when it comes to the sheer diversity of the German capital’s nightlife. Berlin is the trendiest city in the world, meaning that you are able to discover everything from pubs to must visit clubs.

You should be aware that quite a lot of the best Berlin pubs, bars and clubs do not go out of their way to advertise themselves so why not do a bit of research before your city break to Berlin by checking out and locating the must see venues.  

For all you clubbers, you are definitely going to feel spoilt for choice on your arrival. The techno scene in the city is recognised as a leading light around the world. Two major establishments that visitors to the city won’t want to dismiss are Tresor and Watergate.  

The Mitte District of Berlin has been the place to visit for some time now. So what are you waiting for? Don’t forget to bring your dancing shoes. You are going to need them!!!

Shopping

Berlin has everything here from exclusive and upmarket to cheap and cheerful. The German capital is a shopping paradise. Alexanderplatz is one of the most famous squares in Berlin as well as the largest in Germany. And it’s always been a huge shopping magnet. And that is still continuing.

''Kudamm'' is the most popular shopping promenade in Berlin and it is one of the main shopping streets in the entire country also.  The 3.5 km long boulevard starts from Breitscheidplatz  with the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church in Charlottenburg as far as Rathenauplatz in Grunewald, where the exclusive villa quarter of the West Berlin City begins. Around Breitscheidplatz is where you will discover many boutiques and shops.

Sightseeing

Reichstag

TV Tower - Fernsehturm

Unter den Linden

Charlottenburg Palace

The Berlin Wall Memorial and the Documentation Centre

Potsdamer Platz

Brandenburg Gate

Olypiastadion

Time

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Berlin is Germany's biggest city and the capital of this fascinating country. Situated in the European Plains, this city is influenced by a moderate seasonal climate. Berlin is a world city of culture, politics, media, and science. It hosts famous universities, research institutes, orchestras, museums, and celebrities, and many sporting events are held there. The metropolis is well known for its festivals, various architecture, nightlife, contemporary arts, public transportation networks and a high quality of living. Club Travel -- Irish travel agents specialising in holidays, city breaks and cheap flights to Berlin. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for competitions, updates and last minute flight and holiday deals to Berlin.

Published on May 29, 2013

 

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