Welcome to weekend of the week. Here we suggest a city weekend getaway break, tell you why you’d want to go there, what to eat, where to stay and how to get there.
Berlin – Germany’s cool capital
Why? History, culture and party party party! Germany’s largest city is young, sexy and renowned for its excellent nightlife. Matrix Berlin is the city’s best known address for party people with 5 floors to get your groove on.
Berlin has also had a historically fascinating past; this year is the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall, an ideal time to visit the East Side Gallery – a 1316m long preserved section of the wall that has become a canvas for famous graffiti artists.
Stay: Berlin has a swathe of interesting accommodation options; try Hotel-Pension Funk to enjoy the dignified ambiance of the roaring 20s; The Artist Riverside Hotel & Spa for the chance to bathe in a bath shaped like a giant clam; Artemisia – a women only hotel, or Kinderinsel Berlin – a multilingual hotel designed specifically for kids, with 24-hour child care, a babysitting service, plus adventure tours and slumber parties.
Eat: visit a traditional German restaurant that serves classic German fare such as ham knuckle with mash and sauerkraut, bratwust (sausage) or Maultaschen (stuffed noodles), all washed down with a mug of Berliner Weiss, the local beer.
Don’t pass up the chance to sample Berlin’s street food too; vendors can be found all around the central area offering a cheap and quick alternative to a sit down meal; try Dürüm Döner – strips of lamb with Turkish toppings, Falafel served on the spot with lush green salad or a pizza on the go.
Fly to Berlin from: East Midlands, Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton, London City, Glasgow, Bristol, Liverpool and Edinburgh. Return flights start from £2!
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