Destination Berlin | Private jet charter
The capital of Germany, Berlin has played a major role in European history. Berlin offers visitors superb museums, an eclectic arts and music scene, as well as superb local and international restaurants and retail. There are also many parks and gardens to enjoy.
One of Berlin’s most famous attractions, the Brandenburg Gate is the symbol of a united Germany and the most popular place in the capital to celebrate New Year’s Eve. This Greek Revival monument was in the Soviet sector until the 1989 reunification and looks over the pretty Pariser Platz square with its historic buildings, including the Academy of the Arts and the Hotel Adlon.
Unter den Linden Boulevard
The famous Berlin boulevard (also made famous in a song by Marlene Dietrich) is lined with historic buildings and links the Berlin Cathedral (Berliner Dom) via the Schlossbrücke and ends at the Brandenburg Gate. Known locally as die Linden (after the lime trees that once stood there) the buildings along its length include the Opernhause, Humboldt University (formerly Prince Heinrich’s palace), and the Zeughaus.
Tiergarten and Grunewald
Berlin is blessed with many parks and gardens, the most famous and largest of which is the Tiergarten. A haven for walkers, bikers, runners and even canoeists it’s a popular escape for locals and tourists. Head for the Luiseninsel – the little island – and stop at the Café am Neuen See and Englischer Garten/Teehaus for tea and refreshments. Nearby Grunewald is a beautiful forest area perfect for hiking, biking, lake swimming and sunbathing.
Divided for 30 years, East and West Berlin became a unified city again in 1989 with the dismantling of the Berlin Wall. A momentous event that changed the political landscape of Europe forever. Remains of the wall are still evident, and the longest stretch is the East Side Gallery located in Friedrichshain on the banks of the River Spree. The Berlin Wall Memorial is at Bernauer Strasse. Cyclists can follow the Wall along a 160km-cycle track that encircles the city.
Checkpoint Charlie, located on the corner of Friedrichstraße and Zimmerstraße, was the most famous border crossing between East and West Germany. A location used to effect in many movies and novels, it was guarded by the Americans and the site of many successful and failed escape attempts. Visit the Mauer Museum and don’t miss the fabulous Trabant Museum, dedicated to the cult car from East Germany.
The Reichstag building has been completely restored with strong eco credentials. The Reichstag’s glass cupola enables visitors to watch the parliamentary proceedings below and adds natural light and ventilation to the building. As well as home to the German government, it’s a popular art venue with regular exhibitions. Stop for lunch at the Käfer Dachgarten Restaurant on the Reichstag’s roof.
Berlin Cathedral – Berliner Dom
Home to Berlin’s most important Protestant Church, Berlin Cathedral was the favoured church of the former Prussian rulers and German emperors. Located on the banks of the River Spree, its stunning dome is a Berlin landmark and boasts an impressive interior with a mix of statues, gold and ornamental mosaics.
Berlin’s famous shopping thoroughfare is home to luxury brands and major high street chains. Located between Breitscheidplatz and Halensee, the latter features international designers such as Yves Saint Laurent and Chanel. Check out the fascinating Bikini Berlin shopping centre here as well as KaDeWe – Berlin’s largest department store.
This extraordinary island is home to five world-renowned museums and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Museums on the island are: the Pergamon, Bode, New Museum, Old National Gallery and Old Museum. Buy a Berlin Welcome Card Museum Island to explore all the treasures over three days.
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