Guided City Break to Berlin
WANDER THROUGH TIME FROM THE PRUSSIAN EMPIRE TO BERLIN'S TURBULENT 20TH CENTURY HISTORY
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A guided City Break to Berlin with an HF Holidays’ leader is the ideal way to explore Germany’s capital city with its fascinating history, museums and boulevards. Explore a wealth of cultural and historical sites dating from the Prussian Empire to the Cold War. Stroll down the majestic Unter den Linden, headed by the mighty Brandenburg Gate. Get a bird’s eye view over the city from the unique glass dome at the Reichstag (depending on parliament sittings) and visit Checkpoint Charlie and Charlottenburg Palace. There'll also be an opportunity to stroll along famous streets such as Alexanderplatz and Ku'Damm.
- Stroll along Unter den Linden, Alexanderplatz and Ku'Damm
- Marvel at Charlottenburg, the largest palace in Berlin
- Go back in time with a visit to Checkpoint Charlie
- Enjoy the views from the Reichstag domed roof
- Small, sociable groups of up to 14 guests
- A full programme of sightseeing
- The services of an experienced HF Holidays’ leader
- Good quality and centrally located accommodation in en-suite rooms
- ‘With flight’ holidays include return flights from the UK and hotel transfers
- Bed & breakfast
The 3-star superior Hotel Augustinenhof is located in a beautiful historic building on a quiet street in 'Mitte' the most central district of Berlin. It's in close proximity to its popular boulevard 'Oranienburger Straße'.
Mitte has plenty to offer with numerous galleries and fascinating history and interesting architecture through restored historic buildings.
|All 63 en-suite bedrooms, decorated in a cosy Mediterranean style, and are equipped:
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Our holidays at the Hotel Augustinenhof are on a bed and breakfast basis.
The hotel offers a continental buffet breakfast served in the restaurant.
In the evenings enjoy group dining at carefully selected restaurants or dine independently if you prefer. Your leader will be happy to offer suggestions and advice.
The hotel has a well-stocked bar serving beer, wine and spirits.
Lunch (payable locally)
Lunches can be bought during the day in local cafés or shops - or you may prefer to make up a small packed lunch. Your leader will advise you of the options.
Enjoy a glass of wine or local beer before a leisurely meal, either independently or with your fellow guests.
Your leader will also be checking out for any local events.
Each day our experienced leader will lead you on a sightseeing walk of Berlin, exploring the different areas of the city. Although you should expect to spend most of the day sightseeing by foot, the underground, train and bus network will also be used during the programme.
Highlights of the sightseeing programme include:
First explorations in Berlin
President’s Palace, the Victory Column, the Tiergarten, the Reichstag and the Brandenburg Gate
Depending on flight times, on arrival, we enjoy an orientation tour by foot and S-Bahn to see some of the city’s iconic sights, including the President’s Palace, the Victory Column, the Tiergarten, the Reichstag and the Brandenburg Gate. The Victory Column (Siegessäule) is a huge imposing column built to celebrate Prussia’s military victories. The Tiergarten was originally a hunting ground for the Prussian Electors and now is a quiet public area of woodland and lakes.
Monuments and Memorials
The Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag, the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, Potsdamer Platz, Topography of Terror, Checkpoint Charlie and the Jewish Museum
Our day begins at the iconic city gate-cum-triumphal arch, the Brandenburg Gate and the nearby Reichstag building - both have become important symbols of German unity. Nearby, we find the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. Following the line which was once the Berlin Wall we make our way to Potsdamer Platz, a desolate no-man’s land during the Cold War but now transformed into an ultra-modern area of Berlin. Continuing along the wall, we visit the Topography of Terror exhibition, which provides a dramatic and visual account of the Nazi party’s rise to power and control of Germany after 1933, and its atrocities throughout the period. From here we go to Checkpoint Charlie, which marked the division between the American and Soviet sectors, and after 1961 was one of the few permitted crossing points between the two halves of the city. Nearby we can enjoy one of Berlin’s most elegant squares, the Gendarmenmarkt, a reminder of Berlin’s 18th century magnificence. The Jewish Museum is one of the most spectacular new buildings erected in Berlin since the Second World War and boasts a wide and varied exhibition focused on Jewish culture, art and history.
East Berlin: Past and Present
The Berlin Wall, Alexanderplatz, Unter den Linden and Museum Island
Walking along Bernauer Strasse, we remember the Berlin Wall, perhaps the most poignant symbol of the Cold War. Erected in the space of a few short hours, the wall divided the city in two and rapidly became an important political symbol. It was eventually daubed with political graffiti and street art. A number of sections remain and are protected from souvenir hunters to preserve the wall as an historic monument. We’ll see the Wall Memorial and its exhibition centre, and the Chapel of Reconciliation.
Then we travel by U-Bahn to Alexanderplatz, the centre of former East Berlin. Dominating the skyline here is the Fernsehturm (television tower), the 2nd-tallest structure in Europe, which towers over some of the oldest buildings in the city, including the Marienkirche, Berlin’s oldest parish church. We can stroll through Nikolaiviertel where reconstructed buildings have been brought together in an attempt to re-create the old heart of Berlin.
We'll stroll the famous leafy avenue of Unter den Linden, the city’s grandest boulevard which houses grand shops, government ministries, cafés and plush hotels. The street is also the home of a monument to Fredrick the Great and the Humboldt University, whose students and teachers have included Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, Karl Liebknecht and Albert Einstein.
In the afternoon there’s time to visit one of the museums on Museum Island or the nearby German Historical Museum, which documents the history of the German states and Germany with fascinating artwork and artefacts from many periods of history. Highly recommended is the Neues Museum, which contains renowned archaeological treasures such as the bust of Nefertiti. The DDR Museum concentrates on everyday life under Socialism in the German Democratic Republic.
West Berlin: Past and Present
Charlottenburg Palace, the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church & the Reichstag Dome
Today we travel into the former West Berlin and visit the Charlottenburg Palace. Built by Elector Friederich III in 1699 as a summer palace for his wife Sophie Charlotte, this regal estate, the largest palace in Berlin, is framed by a Baroque-style garden. Inside, a collection of 18th century French paintings is the largest of its kind outside France. We can see the Old Palace, with its Baroque rooms, royal apartments, Chinese and Japanese porcelain collections and silverware chambers. Later we’ll visit the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, which has close links with Coventry cathedral. A new chapel has been built beside the old church.
In the later part of the afternoon we're free to pursue our own interests in the many shopping venues, cafes, galleries and museums. Our leader will be available to escort us or help with getting to places.
There may be the opportunity to visit the Reichstag Dome, if the venue is open. The original Reichstag building was built to house Germany’s parliament and has been the scene of a number of dramatic moments in the country’s history. Now rebuilt to a new design by British architect Sir Norman Foster, it's once again the home of parliament. The building houses a fascinating exhibition on German history. Public access is via a lift to a spiral ramp in the glass dome, which enables visitors to gaze over the city and down into the parliament.
The Neue Synagogue & the Hackesche Höfe, if flight times permit
Depending on flight times, we could visit a number of different sites or museums not previously visited. Close to the hotel is the Neue Synagogue, which houses an exhibition about Jewish life in Berlin. Also nearby is the famous Hackesche Höfe, a complex of interlinking courtyards with beautiful ceramic facades. The buildings now contain shops, galleries, cafes and restaurants. Museum Island is also within easy walking distance, or a short tram ride away.
Admission fees: Admission fees are not included in the cost of the holiday. As a general guide, you should allow around €60, although reductions on admission costs are often available for students and senior citizens.
Local transport: Local travel expenses are not included. Tickets are reasonably priced, and can be used on U-Bahn and S-Bahn trains, as well as buses and trams. The central location of our hotel means that many places we visit are within walking distance. The cost of travel can be up to €35 depending on the number of journeys taken, but group discounts for travel may be available.
In the evenings: This holiday is sold on a Bed and Breakfast basis. However, your leader will make arrangements at local restaurants should members of the group wish to eat together. You will find that most guests enjoy dining together but the choice is yours. If you do choose to dine independently, your leader will be happy to offer suggestions and advice.
‘With Flight’ holidays
For flight times and prices please see the Dates & Prices tab.
We offer flights from Heathrow to Berlin Tegel.
If you book a ‘with flight’ holiday with us, we automatically include transfers between the airport and the hotel. The coach transfer takes 45 minutes.
All our overseas holidays can also be booked without a flight. This is ideal if you are travelling from overseas, or prefer to make your own arrangements from your local airport. If you choose this option the transfer to the hotel is not included. For more information about travelling from the airport, please visit this website: http://www.berlin-airport.de/en/travellers-sxf/to-and-from/buses-and-trains/
Some City Break itineraries can involve sightseeing on your arrival day, depending on flight times. If you travel independently and arrive after the HF Holidays' flight, you may miss some of the first day's activities (provisional HF Holidays’ flight times can be found on the dates and prices tab or call 020 8732 1220). If your flight arrival time coincides with that of the HF Holidays' flight you can join our hotel transfer at a cost of £15 (single). Transfers must be pre-booked. Please call 020 8732 1220. Please note that HF Holidays is not responsible for your onward travel if you fail to meet this transfer.
Francis has been involved with the teaching of European foreign languages (he speaks seven) and group overseas travel all over Europe throughout his working career. He believes that the perfect recipe for instilling pleasure in travelling combined with an appreciation and understanding of a different culture is through a mixture of visiting cultural and historical sites, enjoying the lifestyle and cuisine of the host destination. This is his aim for the groups he leads and he will do his utmost to ensure this happens.
Janet Coles was born into a family of hoteliers in Torbay and visited Dartmoor and the South Devon Coast as a child. She is a Dartmoor National Park Guide and holder of the Walking Group Leader National Award. Educated at the French Institute in London, she became very absorbed in French culture. Subsequently, she followed a career as a bi-lingual secretary in London for 10 years before returning to Devon. Janet also speaks German and Spanish and is interested in European history. Her 10 years’ of leading with HF Holidays have taken her all over Europe on City Breaks and walking holidays, including Baska Voda. In her spare time she likes to explore new destinations abroad with her husband or to spend time with her seven grandchildren.
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Dates & Prices
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Prices are per person
- Single room: £28 per night
- Extra night: £48 per person
- Allow approximately €95 for entrance fees and local transport
- Non-member associate fee: £10 per person