Berlin was a city that I knew I was going to enjoy as I love history and knew it would be in abundance.
Our Insider tour guide was amazing. Mike hails from New Zealand but loved the Germany history so much he came to Berlin to study and ended up marrying a German girl. His enthusiasm was catching which made the group get involved and enjoy it all the more. We started at the Park Inn Hotel which is on Alexanderplatz and finished up at The Brandenburg Gate. We took in Check Point Charlie, the Berlin Wall, the Holocaust Memorial, the site of Hitlers bunker and the burning of the books. The tour took about 3 and ½ hours with a coffee break in the middle. The pace is slow as you’re always stopping to look at and talk about a sight so don’t be put off by the fact it’s a walking tour.
Personally I feel sitting on a tour bus you miss so much plus with the walking tour you get a great sense of direction so you get your bearings for the rest of your stay.
The tour finished at the Brandenburg Gate which, is beside the new Reichstag. I definitely recommend taking lunch at Dachgarten Restaurant located at the top of the Reichstag beside the famous glass dome. It has wonderful views of the city and fine dining. As this is a very popular restaurant you will need to pre-book by phoning 0049 30 2262990. As you have reserved a table you will be able to enter via the disabled entrance therefore avoiding the long queues. The tour finishes around 1.00pm
The Park Inn hotel is in a great location so you’re right in the city centre and has a really nice bar. I didn’t dine in the hotel restaurant but I spoke with a few others on our tour that dined there the previous night and they all seemed to enjoy it and said it was quite reasonable. Overall Berlin was a reasonably priced city.
The concierge was extremely helpful and booked theatre tickets & train tickets for a few members of our group. When we arrived the guide who meet us at the airport gave us information packs on the bus that related to that weeks events in Berlin so we knew what shows and concerts were on.
Overall Berlin was a fascinating city that is still building and changing and well worth visiting now. The people are very friendly,the shopping is good and the cost of eating out is so much cheaper than here that it only adds to the pleasure!
– Celine, General Manager