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At the gates of modernity

At the gates of modernity

Berlin 2012. To get from east to west you need not dig a tunnel, hide in a car trunk or hop on a hot air balloon. Simply take S bahn from Friedrichstrasse (the border station) or just walk through the Brandenburg gate.

Today’s Berlin is a city of contrasts. Bullet scarred buildings from WWII provide a juxtaposition against an ultramodern metropolis. The four-year-old Berlin Hauptbahnhof (main train station) is one such example. Combining striking architecture with the mobility requirements of 21st century travelers, the station is one of the largest and most contemporary in Europe.

And speaking of contemporary, Berlin’s modern art scene is truly thriving. Set in an old train station, the Hamburger Bahnhof may have an old façade, but inside holds a collection of works from the 1960s to the present. Past exhibitions have included Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg and Cy Twombly.

And there lies one of the many contrasts. You can see modernity flourish in art and architecture, but it’s hard to ignore the city’s solemn history. You can step back in time at the Mauer Museum on the same site as the former checkpoint Charlie. The DDR museum featuring artifacts from the former East Germany. The Jewish museum contains a history of German Jews. The Berlin Holocaust Memorial, located one block south of the Brandenburg gate, provides a grim, emotional reminder of a time that no one can, nor should, forget.

About Germany

If you want to see how the city has come together, a great overview is the Berlin hop-on/hop-off bus tour. Freely stop at attractions all over Berlin. Just imagine, having the freedom to do what Berliners could only have dreamed of not that long ago.

For a day trip to one of Germany’s most scenic cities, just hop on the train 30 minutes to Potsdam, home to great wealth and historic movie culture. Visit the enormous Park Sassoud with over 700 acres of gardens and palaces first started by Fredrick the Great. The brick gabled houses of the Dutch Quarter. And for film buffs, the Filmpark Babelsberg, where many silent films were made.

Maybe you’re looking to relax poolside after a day of touring. Why not hit the beach! In Berlin? It’s possible when you take a day trip south to Krausnick, the man-made Tropical Island Resort. Home to the world’s largest indoor pool and water park, it also contains an artificial rainforest, hot-air ballooning and a camping ground, where visitors can stay for the night inside the climate-controlled dome. What else would you expect from a country known for engineering?

If you prefer to be more of a traveler than a tourist, catch the Paris-Germany night train. Purchase a sleeper compartment and breakfast is included. Board in Berlin, wake for croissants in Paris. Take a plane? Not someone with your level of savoir-faire. For closer traveler pursuits, get to Prague in five hours on the Eurocity train, and Hamburg in just 90 minutes via ICE.

Today’s Berlin - hip, influential, current. And oh so cool. Just like those who visit.

Faites un saut dans l’un des nombreux restaurants qui offrent différentes cuisines - Des spécialités berlinoises telles que le currywurst (saucisse au curry), le Buletten (boulettes de viande) à la cuisine primée, la cuisine australienne, la cuisine française et la cuisine asiatique, vous avez un grand choix de produits.

Dirigez-vous vers la Friedrichstraße, l’une des artères principales de la capitale qui offre un large choix de possibilités de shopping. Le passage voisin Quartier 206 est l’une des plus belles adresses commerciales de Berlin où les passionnés de mode trouveront des marques célèbres telles que Cerruti, Gucci et Louis Vuitton.

Office de Tourisme de Berlin
Europaplatz, Berlin 10557
Tel : +49 (0)30 25 00 23 00 23 33

L’office du tourisme de la ville dispose d’un personnel serviable, d’informations et de conseils d’initiés ainsi que de cartes et de brochures pratiques. L’office de tourisme de la ville organise également des visites et des excursions et est un point central de l’hébergement local.

Berlin station(s)

Trains are convenient way to reach any town and city in Europe. All main towns have a railway station, while major cities have more than two railway stations. Nearly all railway stations are located in the city centre. Check our map to locate railway station(s) in Berlin.

Berlin city guide

Customer reviews

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    Enjoying | Vinkesh g. | 2015/07/07
    "I enjoyed the trip with family. The seats were comfortable and the service from the cafeteria was also great. "

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    SEATING DEBACLE | Lindsay k. | 2015/01/21
    "I also travelled via Rail Europe from Brussels to Dusseldorf the week previously and had the same problem. Notwithstanding the fact that I had booked my tickets some four months in advance my wife and I got the worst seats available. On both occasions we were seated next to a pillar and the view was non-existent Not very nice for a visitor to Europe at all.! "

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    Excellent | Leopoldo Armando g. | 2014/12/29
    "Comfortable, courteous, in time. Excellent experience. "

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    awesome | Liu, Kuei-hua c. | 2014/12/04
    "awesome "

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    no meal | Ishani p. | 2014/11/28
    "The website says meals are included but there were no meals provided. My mistake may be. "

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    train journey in europe | Gajendran k. | 2014/11/13
    "I am glad I chose to travel by Rail Europe . We had a pleasant journey. Their prompt service- from delivering the tickets to my doorstep to the seats reserved made this trip most memorable. "

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    our review about the trip. | Assaf p. | 2014/10/19
    "hello, our travel by train was comfort, and we slept well. the room and the bed were clean. in the middle of the way the train had a mechanical problem in the engine, the train stopped, and the crew updated the passengers in English, and it was very thoughtful. the steward was very nice. we would like to use this service next time when we will travel. thank you. "

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    Berlin to Copenhagen 5 August | Marguerite f. | 2014/08/15
    "Wonderful journey. The train being an hour late did not affect any plans I had. The staff on the train were courteous and helpful. The short journey on the ferry to Denmark was most enjoyable. I had not realised until I arrived at the Berlin station that I had mistakenly booked an aisle seat. I went to the ticket office to try and change the seat booking to a window seat, but the person there said she could not do that. This was very disappointing. I spent most of the journey standing in the corridor near the cafe in order to view the countryside. Seeing that area of Germany was the main reason I chose to travel by train. Standing for such a long time was tiring, especially since I am no longer young, but I did have a good view. It would be very helpful if the main office at the Berlin station was able to adjust a seat booking. Yours sincerely Marguerite Fahy "

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    Not a nice choice if u  | Pui Chi l. | 2014/07/15
    "Not a nice choice if u want to sleep better Thee area is small No bathing as well "

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    Nice travel | Pui Chi l. | 2014/07/15
    "Nice train "

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