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“Deserves its reputation”
Review of Berlin

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Athens
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73 reviews
86 helpful votes
“Deserves its reputation”
Reviewed June 15, 2011

We had heard from many friends rave reviews for Berlin, so we decided to spend Easter there. The result has vindicated us.
The old city (the former East Berlin) is wonderful, both in terms of building's architecture, and natural beauty, with it's two rivers and canals running through it. The museums are amazing - especially the Pergamon Museum, which is one of the best in the world in my opinion.
The former West Berlin is a modern city without any particular attractions except the parks - the Tiergarden and Charlottenburgh, also the homonymous palace. Do not miss the Kaiser Wilhelm Gedachtniskirche.
Although most modern hotels are located in former West Berlin, around the Potsdamer platz and Kurfursttendamm, the commercial center of former West Berlin, prefer a hotel close to Unter den Linden, to be located near the main attractions.
I also suggest a day trip to Potsdam, a beautiful small town 40 minutes away by train. You can walk through the amazing gardens of the palace, although the palace itself is in bad situation.
From cultural point of view, the city has several Jazz club, but we could not find anything that we liked - perhaps because of the Easter period. We attended a concert in the oranzeri Charlottenburgh, which indented to resemble Bach's time (dresses, lights etc), but the result was poor. On the other hand the Easter concert at the Berliner Dom was remarkable, since the building is beautiful and appropriate for classical music performances.
On Berlin's negative side's I can only mention the behavior of the employees - waiters, museum and transport staff etc, who are arrogant and rude in many cases.
If you find yourself in Berlin do not forget to visit also Gendarmmenmarkt, a magnificent square with the Konzerthaus and two symmetrically placed beautiful temples at both ends of the square, with very nice bars and restaurants around, the area Hackesche Hofe, where you can walk in the shadow of beautiful buildings, the square Bebelplatz, surrounded by magnificent historic buildings and museums, the medieval area Nikolaiviertel for a ride and lunch at the quaint restaurants and of course the Brandenburger Tor and the Reichstag, which requires an application a few days ago via internet, so you can get inside. Finally a walk in the Tiergarden's Neuer See for a cold beer in Beergarden is a necessary component of your trip.

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Aarhus, Denmark
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5 reviews
10 helpful votes
“Berlin - the European monopoly of history and culture”
Reviewed June 15, 2011

Every time when we visit Berlin we find new exciting experiences.
We prefor East-Berlin, especially "Prenzlauer Berg", the area around "Hackische Höfe" (Scheunenviertel) and Friedrichshain. The town is changing allways. Last year I visited Berlin four times and I find new surprizes every time even I have visited the place just for three month ago. In this years Berlin change and develops more than any other big cities in Europe.

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Denmark
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20 reviews
14 helpful votes
“Nice days in Berlin”
Reviewed June 14, 2011

We have recently visited Berlin and had a great experience. It is a beautiful city, with many things to see and it is easy to get around by underground or other trains. There are many out-door cafes and restaurants. We shall be back again.

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2 Thank DKfamilyKH
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Birmingham
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85 reviews
68 helpful votes
“WOW ! What a fantastic City”
Reviewed June 14, 2011

Excellent public transport,very warm and friendly people,fab history,all the usual tourist sites are even better than the hype,I love city breaks and this place is the best !!!!!

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Houston, Texas
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113 reviews
48 helpful votes
“Beautiful!”
Reviewed June 13, 2011

This is a very historic yet modern, high tech, beautiful city! A must see!

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