By K. I. Borrowman
Berlin
Germany
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Germany’s lively capital mixes a look at the country’s bleaker history, a vibrant arts and entertainment scene, and amusing family activities.  Berlin is Germany’s most economical city, too, so finding something for everyone is also affordable.

EscapeWizard.com invites you to book your next vacation to Berlin, Germany.  The city can currently be reached by either of its two international airports: Tegel (TXL) or Schoenefeld (SXF).  In 2011, when Schoenefeld is completed, however, Tegel will close down and Schoenefeld will become the new Berlin Brandenburg International Airport. Travelers can book their airline ticket through EscapeWizard.com today by following this link (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php). Visitors of the city can also book hotels rooms with EscapeWizard.com by following this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl). Our top selection is the Holiday Inn because of its high quality and affordable prices.

From there, Berlin can be explored easily by its many buses and trams, the UBahn, the SBahn, and the RB and RE trains.  To get the most out of Berlin’s public transportation, find out about the variety of day passes, multi-day passes, and group passes available: check http://www.bvg.de/index.php/en/index.html for information about these passes as well as maps and routes.

EscapeWizard.com recommends beginning your visit by exploring Berlin on bus route 100. From the top of this double-decker bus, you will see many of Berlin’s best sites, such as Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, the Reichstag, Brandenburg Gate, Unter den Linden, and UNESCO-listed Museum Island.

One of Berlin’s most iconic landmarks, Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church was originally built between 1891 and 1895, but was partially destroyed during a WWII bombing raid. After much deliberation, it was decided to rebuild the church by erecting new buildings around the partially ruined structure, leaving the original as a testament to the futility of war. The new structures, which are in striking contrast to the original, were designed by Egon Eiermann. 

From the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, EscapeWizard.com suggests hopping back on Bus 100 for a visit to the Reichstag, which is the German parliament building.  Here, visitors can get unique views of Berlin through Norman Foster’s unique glass dome

EscapeWizard.com recommends taking a walk from here to Berlin’s most famous symbol, the Brandenburg Gate. Though traffic can no longer pass through the gate, pedestrians can walk through and enjoy a horse carriage or circular bike ride here, if desired. Also, another tip to keep in mind is while walking around Berlin, keep an eye on the ground for a dual-strip of cobblestones that demarks the original site of the Berlin Wall.

EscapeWizard.com now suggests getting back on Bus 100 for a trip down Unter den Linden, for views of the Russian Embassy and many magnificent classical German buildings. Next, learn about art and history at Museum Island, one of Germany’s several UNESCO world heritage sites.

Route 100 finishes at Alexanderplatz, Berlin’s famous square.  During the Communist years, Alexanderplatz was at the heart of East Berlin, but it is now a pleasant place to hear music and see some public art.  On November 4th, 1989, shortly before the fall of the Berlin Wall, public demonstrations here were aired worldwide. Near Alexanderplatz, enjoy dinner in the revolving restaurant at the top of the TV Tower, Germany’s tallest structure.

You may also like to include in your trip to Berlin a visit to some of the many fun museums dedicated to modern German life. EscapeWizard.com recommends the Currywurst Museum, where your ticket includes a taste of this delicious German take-out snack, followed by the nearby Ritter Sport ChocoWorld. Kids can enjoy a hands-on chocolate-making lesson here, while parents explore the chocolate museum, and then design custom-made chocolate bars and watch while they are created.

After a busy day, EscapeWizard knows you will want to relax with delicious food and a cold drink. Berlin hosts a variety of affordable ethnic restaurants and fun night spots.  EscapeWizard.com suggests you head over to the Mitte district, formerly an East Berlin slum district that now serves as the place to eat, drink, and dance in this lively city.  For more information about Berlin’s night life, check http://www.berlin-life.com/berlin/nightlife.

Overall, Berlin, Germany is an amazing city for any traveler looking to learn about one of the areas that has played such a large part in the history of the continent of Europe.
Hotels in Berlin
By Jessica Beck
Grand Hyatt Berlin
Marlene-Dietrich-Platz 2, Berlin, Germany
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Located in the center of Potsdamer Platz, the 5-star Grand Hyatt Berlin offers convenience with major landmarks and attractions within walking distance such as the Brandenburg Gate, Berlin Zoo (Tiergarten), Philharmonic Hall, and Reichstag. The Grand Hyatt provides over 340 guest rooms overlooking the city as well as the Berlin Zoo. All rooms are equipped with sophisticated amenities and advanced technology.

As a guest at this Hyatt hotel, you will be granted complimentary access to all Club Olympus Spa & Fitness Centre facilities, which include a state-of-the-art gym, indoor pool, several massage and facial treatment options, other holistic treatments from the Far East, and Tai Chi courses to bring your soul to rest. You also have three on-site reputable and highly acclaimed dining options—mesa Restaurant, Vox Restaurant & Terrace, and Tizian Restaurant & Lounge.  If you are in Berlin for business or need to do business during your vacation, this Hyatt offers business and conference facilities including 9 meeting rooms stocked with espresso machines and mini bars.

With luxurious and upscale guest rooms provided, your stay at Grand Hyatt Berlin will be rewarding and relaxing.  Guests are provided with complimentary plush robes, morning newspapers, fruit, bottled water, and tea and coffee making facilities to help you wake up and rejuvenate each morning of your stay.  Enjoy premium satellite on your Bang & Olufsen flat-screen TV. Enjoy a state-of-the-art marble and cherry wood bathroom equipped with heated floors, mist-free mirrors, a flat-screen TV, and top-of-the-line Aveda products. Up your extravagance in one of the immaculate Daimler suites with floor-to ceiling windows offering coveted views of Tiergarten Park and the Philharmonic Hall, a wet bar, marble whirlpool bath, separate work area, a living room with a piano, and a dining room.  Also, enjoy access to a private lounge with a continental buffet breakfast, afternoon tea, and evening drinks.

Enjoy a lavish, incomparable stay at this perfectly located hotel.  You will be showered with luxury and 5-star quality services.  Book your stay at the Grand Hyatt Berlin with EscapeWizard.com by clicking on the following link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Berlin
By Jessica Beck
Holiday Inn
Hans Grade Allee 5, Schönefeld, Germany
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Whether you are in Berlin for business or pleasure, the Holiday Inn Berlin International Airport offers a convenient location, only 2 minutes away from the Berlin International Airport by Holiday Inn's complimentary shuttle service.  Here, you can enjoy a serene countryside setting, nuzzled in beautifully landscaped gardens with soundproofed windows for peace and quiet.

If business is the reason for your stay in Berlin, you will be please to know this hotel is located about 1 kilometer (a little over half a mile) from the Falkenberg Business Park.  Holiday Inn also provides high-tech meeting rooms and a 24 hour Business Center.  If you are in Berlin for travel and leisure purposes, you can catch the S-Bahn train into the center of Berlin in only 45 minutes.  You can take a trip in to see the Brandenburg Gate or visit some of the many interesting galleries and museums on Berlin's Museum Island.  For the adventurous rent bikes from the hotel and enjoy a refreshing cycle along the historic Berlin Wall Trail.

Some on-site amenities include the Relax-Inn Wellness Center, a spa offering massages, steam baths, relaxation room, and other various treatments.  A state-of-the-art fitness center is available to you for relieving the travel jitters.  If you happen to have children with you on your trip, activities and services are provided to entertain your little ones at the Kids Club and all kids eat free at the on-site dining locations.

Unwinding in your guest room is made easy with many services and features available to you.  Complimentary tea and coffee as well as a daily newspaper are provided to help jump start each morning.  A flat-screen TV equipped with a stereo system and premium cable, a work desk with a lamp, an in-room safe for peace of mind, and high-speed internet access for your convenience are all provided.  In the luxurious suites, enjoy cozying up in complimentary plush bathrobes and slippers in your separate living room area. If you stay in either the suites or Executive Club Level rooms, you can also enjoy free refreshments and wireless internet access in the Airline Lounge.

Providing you with convenience and comfort, the Holiday Inn Berlin International Airport Hotel offers a truly unparalleled, guest-centered experience.  Simply click on the following link and book your guest room with EscapeWizard.com (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Berlin
By Sandy O'Neal
Westin Grand - Berlin
Friedrichstrasse 158-164, Berlin, Germany
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The elegant Westin Grand Berlin is located right where historic Boulevard Unter den Linden meets the Friedrichstrasse.  It's conveniently located just 12.1 km from Berlin Tegel Airport.  Check in is at 3 p.m. and check out is noon

With 400 guest rooms available, there is a choice for every price range.  You may want to indulge yourself and select a spa suite, grand spa suite, or theme suite.  Amenities vary by room selection, and typical features include TV with in room movies, bathroom telephone, coffee maker and free daily newspaper.  Non smoking rooms are available and high speed internet access is available for a per day fee.  

During your stay, you may want to work out at the fitness center or simply relax in the whirlpool, sauna or indoor pool.  Your day may not be complete without spending some time basking in the sun at the solarium or enjoying the lush green gardens.  If you are traveling with children, The Westin Kids Club® is sure to be a hit.  They offer special programs and amenities for infants and children.

You can enjoy cocktails and dining onsite at the Lobby Lounge & bar, Relish Restaurant & Bar or Restaurant Coelin.  You will be able to enjoy contemporary or international cuisines, or simply grab a quick cup of coffee or linger while enjoying a refreshing cocktail.

The spectacular lobby and grand staircase will make a perfect setting for your special event.  The 3,000 square foot garden offers a magnificent backdrop for your exclusive summertime event.  The meeting rooms and state of the art conference space can be easily arranged to meet your needs.  Meeting and event staff is available to assist you in planning your special event.

Whether your travel is for business or pleasure, The Westin Grand Berlin is an excellent choice.  EscapeWizard.com invites you to book your next stay by clicking this link. (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).