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Holiday type City breaks
Country Germany
Resort Berlin
Travel type Fly
Price range From £409
Travel partner Riviera Travel
Duration 3 nights
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Berlin

Berlin has over the past few years, stood at a crossroads, as it is like no other city in the world, being for over half a century a symbol of the world’s division in two opposing systems. Today, it owes its cultural dynamism and atmosphere to the fact that both West and East used the city as the shop window for their respective ways of life. Once again, as capital of the new Germany, it is in the world’s spotlight. Since the reunification of the country, vast sums of money have been spent restoring Berlin to its former glory as indeed, the heart of the pre-war city was in the former Eastern sector: the cathedral, the University, the cafes of Unter den Linden, plus much more.

It is now over twenty years since the series of seismic events led to a re-drawing of the world map and a whole new generation is growing up for whom events such as this are history and something their parents talk about. Not unsurprisingly it is difficult to tell exactly where the border lay, the eyesores of eastern bloc architecture having largely disappeared, but once in the quieter areas the differences are more apparent.

Included

  • Return flights
  • Four star centrally located hotel
  • Guided tour of Berlin
  • Visit to Potsdam park and Palaces of Frederick the Great
  • Escorted by our experienced tour manager

    The price of this holiday is per person, based on two people sharing a twin room. In Germany twin rooms are often a double bed with two mattresses and individual bed linen. Single rooms are subject to availability at a supplement of £75 per person. The price includes: return flights to Berlin, all coach travel as mentioned, guided tour of Berlin, entrance to park at Potsdam with guided tour of one of the palaces in the Sanssouci park, three nights bed and buffet breakfast, services of a Riviera tour manager.
Not included

  • Sanssourci Palace €10, approximate cost, payable locally.
Day one

You should arrive at the airport to take your flight to Berlin. On arrival a coach takes us to the four star hotel Mövenpick, enjoying an excellent central location near Potsdamer Platz, widely regarded as the best shopping area in Berlin. There are plenty of restaurants, bars, and cafés within walking distance plus an underground railway station, enabling you to explore the city with ease.

Day two

Much is changing in Berlin, and much has yet to change, which makes this such an interesting time to visit. There has been a settlement here since the Middle Ages, but as Germany has only existed as a great power since 1871, the city was only the capital from then until 1948 before recapturing its status in 1991. It is its recent history for which Berlin is best known today, so after breakfast we will have a guided tour of this interesting place. We will see the old heart of the city, Unter den Linden, the green area of the Tiergarten, the cathedral and the university, once numbering Albert Einstein amongst its professors. You will also see the new seat of Government, the Reichstag, covered by an immense glass dome designed by Sir Norman Foster, and of course, the very symbols of Berlin, the Brandenburg Gate and what remains of the Berlin Wall, now ironically protected as a historic monument. Checkpoint Charlie, so very nearly the flashpoint of an unthinkable third world war, has been reinstated near the very moving museum dedicated to the history of the wall itself. After the tour you are free to explore Berlin’s attractions as you wish.

It would be very wrong to think the city is all about war and politics though, as it is one of the most vibrant cities you will ever visit, with an atmosphere and optimism to match. You can visit one of the parks to see Berliners at play: indeed over one third of the city is green. Or perhaps, go for a drink in one of Berlin’s bars. Whilst the food is also excellent, Germany is still a beer drinker’s paradise, possessing over five hundred breweries, and Berlin has its fair share so you should be able to find one to suit you.

Day three

Just outside the city lies Potsdam and the Sanssouci park housing the palaces of the most famous Prussian monarch, Frederick the Great, including the famous Palace of Sanssouci. Trapped in a loveless marriage and with little liking for Berlin, he wanted somewhere to live ‘without care’, hence the name ‘sans souci’ in French – the international language of the day. Frederick was also greatly inspired by Versailles.

The palace now rises from the park and crowns a series of ascending terraces affording a panoramic view of the 740 acre park below. It’s an 18th century creation marrying together landscape and architecture in a remarkable manner, and is the finest such example in Germany. The rooms, some created from coloured marble and decorated with exotic woods, are furnished with fine art, sculptures, furniture and porcelain. Throughout the grounds there are a series of pavilions, some creations fashioned from glass and wrought iron and numerous fountains. You have the opportunity of a guided tour of one of the palaces and time to explore the park before returning to Berlin during the afternoon to sightsee as you wish.

Day four

Today at the appropriate time a coach will return us to the airport for our return flight.
Movenpick

Four star rated, the hotel is located centrally at Potsdamer Platz. All rooms are bright and friendly with high ceilings, most of them with a view of the courtyard, furnished according to the latest standards and equiped with air conditioning, TV with a Video-on-Demand System, wireless phone, Public Wireless LAN, hairdryer, minibar and a safe.

Scandic hotel

Four star rated this hotel is located at Berlin’s central Potsdamer Platz, one of the most popular attractions of New Berlin. All standard rooms are between 23 and 30 sqm and have a design inspired by the Scandinavian nature and seasons. All rooms have French windows and wooden floors as well as a private bathroom with a shower and/or bathtub and equipped with hairdryer, cosmetic mirror, flat screen TV with movie channels, wireless internet access, air conditioning, minibar, iron and ironing board and a laptop safe.
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