Berlin
Germany
By K. I. Borrowman

Germany’s vibrant capital mixes gritty history, an edgy arts and entertainment scene, and fun modern activities.  Something for everyone comes at an affordable price, too; Berlin is the most economical of Germany’s cities.

WhatsCheaper.com invites you to book your next vacation to Berlin.  The city can be accessed by either of its two international airports: Tegel (TXL) or Schoenefeld (SXF).  However, when Schoenefeld is completed in 2011, Tegel will be closed and Schoenefeld will become Berlin Brandenburg International Airport. Just click here (http://www.whatscheaper.com/flight.php) to start your search for low prices. WhatsCheaper.com can help with your hotel reservations as well. This link (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php) will lead you to our hotel finder that will help search for low prices on high quality hotels.

WhatsCheaper.com's recommends beginning your visit to Berlin with a trip on bus route 100, which passes by many of Berlin’s top sites, including Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, the Reichstag, Brandenburg Gate, Unter den Linden, and UNESCO-listed Museum Island.

Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church is one of Berlin’s most iconic landmarks.  The church was originally built between 1891 and 1895, but was partially destroyed during a WWII bombing raid.  Rather than rebuilding the church, it was decided to leave the partially ruined structure standing as a testament to the futility of war, and build a new structure around it.  Egon Eiermann designed the new structures in striking contrast to the original. 

From there, WhatsCheaper.com suggests a visit to the Reichstag, German parliament building, where visitors can get unique views of Berlin through the new glass dome, designed by Norman Foster.

WhatsCheaper.com recommends walking from here to the Brandenburg Gate, Berlin’s most famous symbol.  Traffic no longer passes through the gate, but pedestrians can enjoy many views of this gate and a horse carriage or circular bike ride here, if desired.  Watch for the remains of the Berlin wall, now a dual-strip of cobblestones following the original site of the wall.

WhatsCheaper.com now recommends getting back on Bus 100 for a scenic trip down Unter den Linden, with views of the Russian Embassy and many spectacular classical German buildings.  Next, discover art and history at one of Germany’s many UNESCO world heritage sites, Museum Island.

Bus 100 terminates at Alexanderplatz, Berlin’s famous square that was at the heart of East Berlin during the Communist years.  You may recognize this square from the public demonstrations here that were aired worldwide on November 4th, 1989, just before the demolition of the Berlin Wall.  Near Alexanderplatz, enjoy dinner in the revolving restaurant at the top of Germany’s tallest structure, the Fernsehturm, or TV Tower.

Your trip to Berlin might also include a visit to some of the many fun museums dedicated to modern German life.  WhatsCheaper.com recommends the Currywurst Museum, where ticket prices include a taste of this German lunch treat, and the nearby Ritter Sport ChocoWorld, where kids enjoy a hands-on chocolate-making lesson.  Visitors here can explore the chocolate museum, and then design custom-made chocolate bars and watch while they are created.

After a busy day, WhatsCheaper knows you will want to relax with delicious food and a cold drink.  Berlin hosts a variety of affordable ethnic restaurants and fun night spots.  WhatsCheaper.com suggests you head over to the Mitte district, formerly an East Berlin slum district that now serves as the place to eat, drink, and dance in this lively city.  For more information about Berlin’s night life, check http://www.berlin-life.com/berlin/nightlife. This area is also a good place from which to explore the amazing East Side Gallery.  The only section of the Berlin Wall that still stands is now covered in bold paintings by artists from around the world.  Many of these paintings remind us of some of the errors made during Germany’s post-war history.  

Who could resist a fun-packed, exciting visit to this amazing historical city?  To book your trip to Berlin with WhatsCheaper.com, just click on the above link!

MUST SEE IN Berlin LIST:

  • 1. Reichstag
  • 2. Gendarmenmarkt
  • 3. Berliner Dom
  • 4. Museumsinsel
  • 5. Neues Museum
  • 6. Bradenburg Gate
  • 7. Pergamon Museum
  • 8. Holocaust Memorial
  • 9. Victory Column
  • 10. Hohenschoenhausen Prison

Berlin EVENT CALENDAR:

  • 1. Green Week - January
  • 2. International Festival of Media Art - February
  • 3. Maerz Musik Festival - March
  • 4. Theatertreffen - May
  • 5. Dance Festival - May
  • 6. Beer Festival - August
  • 7. Heimatklange - August
  • 8. Literaturfestival Berlin - September
  • 9. JazzFest - November
  • 10. Silvester in Berlin - December

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Hilton Berlin
Mohrenstrasse 30, Berlin, Germany
By Shaina Amienyi

The Hilton Berlin Hotel is in a beautiful historic area of the city. Located on the Gendarmenmarkt, one of the most beautiful squares in Europe, it is within a mile from attractions such as the Konzerthaus concert hall, Berliner Dom (Berlin Cathedral) and Reichstag Parliament building. The friendly, multi-lingual staff will assist you with 2pm check-in and 11am checkout.

Standard and deluxe guest rooms come with either a single king bed or double twin beds; suites contain only king beds. While staying at the Hilton you can watch premium channels and play video games on a flat screen TV or hook up your mp3 player to the clock radio and listen to music. You will sleep easy thanks to the black-out curtains and comfortable mattress. A complimentary pillow menu will be provided for your comfort. You can connect with friends and family using high-speed Internet or in-room video messaging. For refreshments there is a mini bar and tea/coffee maker. Stay in an Executive room or suite and have access to the Executive lounge, which serves free breakfast and refreshments. Suites also feature a bidet in the bathroom, internet access in the guest bedroom, and a full kitchen.

The hotel features a state-of-the-art business center equipped with a video phone and screens for video messaging and conferencing. You can use the secretarial service or Dictaphone to dictate memos or other documents. Cell phones and audio/visual equipment are available for rent. Faxing, copying, and express mail are also available services. For meetings and events, reserve any of 16 meeting rooms that can hold up to 500 guests. All event facilities are air-conditioned and include wireless internet access.

You do not have to worry about missing your routine workout. The hotel provides a 24-hour fitness center and bicycle rentals. There is also a spa, pool, and solarium. You can shop at the hotel, too. Just head to the news stand, gift shop, and clothing store. The hotel also offers a barber shop, beauty salon, and shoe shine stand so guests can look their best.

From restaurants with vegetarian and allergy friendly menus to shops and recreation facilities, the Hilton Berlin Hotel provides guests with everything they need for a fun, worry-free vacation. The range of amenities will delight guests and keep them coming back. To book your stay at this luxurious hotel, click on the link (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php) to WhatsCheaper.com.

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Westin Grand Berlin
Friedrichstrasse 158-164, Berlin, Germany
By Jessica Howell

Located in the heart of the city’s historic center, The Westin Grand, Berlin is a magnificent hotel in close proximity to many of the city’s most popular attractions.  The Guggenheim Museum, Pergamon Musuem, Staatsoper, State Opera, Brandenburg Gate and the Government District are all less than a mile away from the hotel’s doorstep.  Guests can also enjoy premium shopping at the Galeries Lafayette Shopping Mall, which is literally just steps away from the hotel.  The Westin Grand, Berlin is an elegant hotel with lavish amenities and unsurpassed service.  A spectacular hotel experience awaits you at The Westin Grand, Berlin. 

WhatsCheaper.com insists that you let us assist you with your accommodations needs.  Check in is at 3 p.m. and check out is at 12 noon. Not only is The Westin Grand located next to many exciting attractions, but the hotel itself features several of its own unique features.  If you are craving a delicious meal, but do not feel like combing the city to find one, all you need to do it travel downstairs to one of the hotel’s three restaurants:  Lobby Restaurant & Bar, Relish Restaurant & Bar, or Restaurant Coelln.  

If you are exhausted from taking in all of Berlin’s exciting attractions, make your way to hotel’s spa to enjoy a massage treatment or just melt your cares away in the steamy sauna.   Wish you could have a relaxing massage and then just fall into the comfort of one of the Westin’s signature beds?  At The Westin Grand Berlin you can!  One of The Westin’s massage therapists will come to your room with a spa basket containing a flower, healthful treatment, bottle of water, a CD with relaxing music, as well as a selection of plant based aromatherapy oils and room sprays to set the atmosphere before your massage.   
At The Westin Grand, Berlin no intimate detail has been spared and professional staff await to tend to your every need.  If you are looking for the ultimate hotel experience in an ideal setting, look no further than The Westin Grand, Berlin.  Let WhatsCheaper.com assist with your hotel booking today.  Click on the following link to get started today:  (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php).      

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