Guided City Break to Berlin

Germany

Code: BLLCL

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Activity types:

  • Central location
  • Culture
  • History
From £405.00 - 4 nights

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Holiday overview

A guided City Break 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).

Holiday highlights:

  • Stroll down the 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

Great reasons to join us:

  • Great value; all prices include ensuite bed & breakfast accommodation in the centrally located Hotel Augustinenhof
  • Knowledgeable leader; explore the city of Berlin on foot and using local transport where necessary with our friendly leader
  • Sociability; we pride ourselves on the sociable atmosphere of our holidays, explore together, relax together, and if you want, dine together in the evenings

Accommodation

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.

Bedrooms

All 63 en-suite bedrooms, decorated in a cosy Mediterranean style, are equipped with minibar, WiFi, satellite TV, radio, telephone and hair dryer. 

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Facilities

The Hotel Augustinenhof has a lift, 24-hour reception, restaurant, bar and sauna.  

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Food

Our holidays at the Hotel Augustinenhof are on a bed and breakfast basis.

Breakfast: The hotel offers a continental buffet breakfast served in the restaurant.

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. You leader will advise you of the options each day.

Evening meal (payable locally): 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. 

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Evening

Enjoy a glass of wine or local beer before a leisurely meal, taken either independently or with your fellow guests. Your leader will also be checking out for any local events. 

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Itinerary

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:

Tiergarten: A beautiful park, an area of of woodland and lakes. In the centre of the Tiergharten is the Victory Column (Siegessäule) with great views across the city; also in the park is the Soviet War Memorial.

Reichstag: Once again the seat of the German parliament, this iconic building was redesigned by the British architect, Sir Norman Foster. It may be possible to visit the Reichstag Dome.

The Berlin Wall: Traces of the Wall still remain, and at Bernauer Strasse there is a Visitors’ Centre, the Wall Memorial and the Chapel of Reconciliation. Elsewhere in the city is the infamous Checkpoint Charlie.

Museum Island: Here you can choose between the Altes or Neues Museum, the Pergamon Museum, the Bode Museum or the Alte National Galarie. Nearby is the German Historical Museum and the DDR Museum, which concentrates on everyday life in the former GDR.

The Brandenburg Gate: No visit to Berlin would be complete without seeing this landmark. Nearby are two of the Holocaust Memorials, and a short stroll away is Potsdamer Platz, now an ultra-modern area of Berlin

Jewish Museum: Opened in 2001, this is one of the most spectacular new buildings in Berlin, designed by the Polish architect Daniel Libeskind.

Schloss Charlottenburg: An amazing Baroque-style building with extensive gardens, this Schloss was built by King Friedrich I of Prussia in 1699 as a summer palace for his wife Sophie Charlotte


Holiday information

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.

Travel

‘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.

Independent travellers

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.

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 £12.50 (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.

Leaders

Dick Brader

Dick is an enthusiastic traveller and has travelled extensively world-wide and within Europe. He speaks a variety of European languages and is a keen amateur historian. He leads mountain walks in many European countries (including Turkey) and is equally at home on the pavements of European capitals where he enjoys not only the culture, but the opportunity to pursue his passion for music and theatre, architecture and food.

 

Dorothy Woodcock

Dorothy loves showing guests the hidden gems of cities as well as all the highlights. An important part of a City Break is sampling the local food and Dorothy enjoys introducing guests to memorable culinary experiences. Dorothy is a retired German teacher and speaks French, Spanish and Italian.  Her interests are many and varied and include hiking, cycling, bridge and gardening.

Dorothea Gerenkamp

Dorothea was brought up in Western Germany. She has always been interested in Eastern European history. Many trips have led her to the capitals of Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Her first visit to Prague was on a school trip in 1976. After the fall of the iron curtain she frequently came back to explore more of this fascinating city. One of Dorothea’s favoured pastimes is planning, organizing and leading excursions and sightseeing tours for her teachers’ club.

 

 

Harry Timmer

Harry was brought up in Scotland, spent 15 years in Australia and now lives in Kent, England. He was a school teacher for over 30 years and is now retired. He qualified as an HF Holidays’ Walking leader several years ago and has led many walks in England and France. He also enjoys leading City Breaks and speaks fluent German and French, and also some Dutch and Italian. He has led City Breaks in Barcelona, Seville, Bruges, and Prague. His pastimes are skiing, cycling, and swimming. He loves being an HF Holidays’ leader because of all the wonderful people he has met from all over the world. His focus is on his guests and he tries to cater for everyone’s individual needs.

 

Reviews

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19 Oct 2016, 1:42 p.m.

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Enjoyable city break based in a comfortable hotel
27 Jul 2016, 9:37 a.m.

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HF as always provided an efficient and helpful service.

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It was a most enjoyable holiday. I learned such a lot about German history from David. He is a sympathetic person and did everything he could to help us have a good time. The restaurants he took us to in the evening were varied and interesting.
The hotel was comfortable and gave us an excellent breakfast.
I have been on the Berlin break before and much preferred the location of my second break. It was such an interesting quarter to be based in; it had many historical associations.
25 Jul 2016, 5:53 p.m.

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HF should again (as it was meant originally) more conscentrate on walking holidays is Britain than on overprized tours and journey to overseas destinations. It is highly regrettable that recently one ecellent HF house after another - such as those in e.g. Pitlochry, Conwy, Arran - have been closed.

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Extended walking on pavement or tarmac is very strenuous and tiring; there ought to be less concentration on just one topic (such as history), bute the versatility should also cover cultural events/activities and special city features like gardens/parks/zoo or a Spree canooing trip ...
Thank you for your feedback.

I am sorry that on this occasion you were disappointed with certain aspects of your city break in Berlin.

Our overseas holidays are usually very popular and the majority of the feedback received is positive. We do try to ensure that the walks and sightseeing programme suits everyone, but of course, this may not always be the case. A brief description of each holiday is given in our brochure and on our website to help guests choose their holiday.

We are still very committed to our UK walking holidays and this will always continue. At times, we do have to sell houses for various operational reasons and it is never an easy decision to make. However we also have a number of new country hotels in Church Stretton, Lulworth Cove, Peak District and Snowdonia which are proving popular.

I do hope that we will be able to welcome you on a future HF holiday and thank you again for taking the time to leave feedback.

Kind regards
Toni

Toni McNulty
Customer Relations Manager
HF Holidays
20 Jul 2016, 10:20 a.m.

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19 Jul 2016, 5:46 a.m.

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We have used HF for many years and know how good the company is.

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The leader was terrific and the location of the hotel was ideal.
18 May 2016, 4:46 p.m.

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Very good brochure - I shall certainly use HF again for a holiday

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I had a most enjoyable few days in Berlin with like-minded people and an excellent leader - who knew Berlin like the back of his hand and guided us round most efficiently with lots of information (just enough and not too much!). The hotel was very good and the weather was lovely - what more could one ask for? The only slight gripe was that we arrived at Tegal Airport much too early for our return flight - we might have had time to do more than just have a walk and a cup of coffee on the morning of our departure had we had a little more time rather than sit at the Airport waiting for the desk to open!
18 May 2016, 10:10 a.m.

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Always get our arrangements right and appropriate for us

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Leader excellent; time managed impeccably; hotel lovely; Berlin has too much to see in 3.25 days, so we were walked off our feet and exhausted.
Berlin food is not great
18 May 2016, 7:17 a.m.

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Everything was very good and well organised. I would have liked more information about the flight check-in procedure for the flight out of Heathrow for example telling me I could ckeck-in 24 hrs in advance on the BA website.

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The holiday was great and the leader very knowledgeable. However, why we needed to be at Berlin airport nearly 3 hours before our flight back I do not know. This led to a lot od hanging around and standing before being able to check in.
3 Nov 2015, 3:52 p.m.

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I choose HF because of its set-up and ethos, and because the leaders are volunteers.

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Well-planned trip - very informative - great leader.
27 Oct 2015, 9:21 a.m.

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our first city break with HF
Paris next year

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enjoyable but some organisational issues re
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Dates & Prices

Date Description Nights Brochure price Book
9 Apr 2017 BLLCL - Berlin City Break - Without Flights 4 £405.00 Book Now
25 Jun 2017 BLLCL - Berlin City Break
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 25 Jun 2017, 10:55 a.m.
  • Arrive: 25 Jun 2017, 1:45 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Berlin Tegel

Flight - Return

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 29 Jun 2017, 2:30 p.m.
  • Arrive: 29 Jun 2017, 3:30 p.m.
  • Depart from: Berlin Tegel
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
4 £635.00 Book Now
25 Jun 2017 BLLCL - Berlin City Break - Without Flights 4 £405.00 Book Now
16 Jul 2017 BLLCL - Berlin City Break - Without Flights 4 £405.00 Book Now
16 Jul 2017 BLLCL - Berlin City Break
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 16 Jul 2017, 10:55 a.m.
  • Arrive: 16 Jul 2017, 1:45 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Berlin Tegel

Flight - Return

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 20 Jul 2017, 2:30 p.m.
  • Arrive: 20 Jul 2017, 3:30 p.m.
  • Depart from: Berlin Tegel
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
4 £635.00 Book Now
10 Sep 2017 BLLCL - Berlin City Break - Without Flights 4 £405.00 Book Now
10 Sep 2017 BLLCL - Berlin City Break
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 10 Sep 2017, 10:55 a.m.
  • Arrive: 10 Sep 2017, 1:45 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Berlin Tegel

Flight - Return

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 14 Sep 2017, 2:30 p.m.
  • Arrive: 14 Sep 2017, 3:30 p.m.
  • Depart from: Berlin Tegel
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
4 £635.00 Book Now

Prices are per person

Information

  • Single room: £15 per night (2016), £28 per night (2017)
  • Extra night: £40 (2016), £44 (2017)
  • Non-member associate fee: £10 per person

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