Berlin is the new Paris, they say. With a population of 3.5 million people, the capital of Germany is rapidly becoming known around the world as a hub of creativity, media, culture and fashion...at a smaller cost than its French counterpart.
Some of the most awe-inspiring sights to see in Berlin include: the Fernsehturm (a large TV tower with incredible views of the city), the Brandenburg Gate (you might recognize it on the Euros you carry around in your pocket), the Reichstag building (seat of the German parliament), the Französischer Dom (gorgeous church with an observation deck), the Neue Nationalgalerie, and the trendy Hackescher Markt (filled with hip restaurants, clubs and galleries). There is no shortage of things to do in Berlin, and no shortage of cheap hotels in Berlin that make for an über-fantastic vacation!
The Meininger Hotel:
The Meininger Hotel, Berlin Mitte is located at Oranienburger Str. 67/68. Known as the "Humboldthaus," it is where Alexander von Humboldt, a natural scientist, lived until his death. It has 118 rooms decorated by DaWanda artists, and each floor has a theme related to Humboldt ("nature," "freedom," "truth"). Even the public areas are decorated with Humboldt-related comic strips. Amenities include free Wi-Fi in the lobby and public areas, all-you-can-eat breakfast for 5.5 Euros, a guest kitchen, the M-Cafe Bar, a washing machine/dryer, meeting facilities, flat-screen TV and phones, a game room with Play Station/Karaoke/Billiards and an elevator.
Hotel Pension Gasteiner Hof :
This pension hotel at Gasteiner Str. 8 is a quaint hotel run by a family, near the zoo railway station and the Kurfürstendamm, one of West Berlin's main thoroughfares. Located in Berlin's Wilmersdorf district, this hotel is only 165 feet from the Blissestrasse U-Bahn (subway) station, making Potsdamer Platz and the Brandenburg Gate easily accessible. The ICC convention center is just 10 minutes away by bus, perfect for business travellers. A great place to unwind after a long day on your feet is just around the corner. La Cenetta, at Gasteiner Str. 14, is a pizza-lover's dream, but also serves up a mean bruschetta and crepes with spinach and cream. Save room for one of their exquisite desserts, too. This cheap but pleasing spot is perfect for the frugal and hungry adventurer.
NU Hotel Berlin:
The NU Hotel Berlin, Gubener Str. 46/47, is situated between the Ostbanhof and the Warschauer Str. railroad station. It has 28 rooms, bar, garden terrace, flat-screen TV, free Wi-Fi, blow-dryer, minibar, daily newspaper and business services. It also offers an extensive breakfast that includes home-baked rolls and croissants, muesli, cornflakes, cheese, sausage, eggs, fruit, yoghurt, coffee and tea. With such a great location, it's guaranteed you'll find a wonderful place to rest and refuel after your day's adventures. One restaurant that is a hit with locals and tourists alike is Feuer und Flamme, a fondue restaurant located at Comeniusplatz 1.
Holiday Inn Express Berlin City Centre:
The Holiday Inn, at Stresemannstrasse 49, is only 20 minutes by taxi from Berlin Tegel Airoport, and is near the Anhalter Bahnhof. It's also only a 10-minute walk from Potsdamer Platz (where Sony Center is located), and Checkpoint Charlie is a mere kilometre from the hotel. Accommodations include free Wi-Fi, a lobby bar, meeting rooms, business center, free breakfast, air conditioning and free daily newspapers. Across the street is a great restaurant, the Wirtshaus Hasenheide, at Stresemannstrasse 48. This German eatery makes you feel like a Berliner, with dishes such as Swabian sausage salad (a must-try German treat), Bavarian leberkäs ("liver cheese," which in fact has no liver and no cheese, but is more like a meatloaf), Spätzle (spoon-drop pasta), and the succulent Schweinebraten. If you want the end-all-be-all of authentic German cuisine, this is the place.