Gatwick destination guide - Berlin
Berlin is now easier than ever to reach for Gatwick passengers, as airline EasyJet is set to launch a new thrice-daily service to Berlin Tegel Airport next month. And while the enhanced service is predicted to be popular with business travellers, we think Berlin is a pretty amazing place to visit for a city break.
We decided to delve into the best things to do in Berlin if you get chance to travel to the German capital.
What to see in Berlin
Berlin is famous for its culture and history, but where to begin?! For tourists visiting Berlin for the first time, the sightseeing opportunities are endless.
The Reichstag is the seat of German Parliament and one of the city’s major landmarks – a must visit for first time tourists. Check it out for amazing architecture and a wealth of history. Just make sure you beat the queues by booking in advance here.
Checkpoint Charlie is another hotspot for visitors to Berlin. It was the entry point for anyone who wished to cross the “Iron Curtain”, during the division of Berlin and Germany during the Cold War. Now, you’ll find a museum and memorabilia a-plenty – it’s not free to enter, but it’s an affordable place to visit and definitely worth seeing. Find out more about Checkpoint Charlie here.
There are so many museums and galleries to visit in Berlin. Museum Island is a great place to start, as you’ll find five of them in close proximity. We also recommend the East Side Gallery, where over 100 artists turned the remains of the Berlin Wall into an incredible open-air gallery after the fall of the wall in 1989.
The Brandenburg Gate is our final tourist tip for holidaymakers visiting Berlin. Built in 1791 as the royal gate to the city, it’s a spectacular sight which has its own museum where you can learn more about its history.
What to eat in Berlin
Famous for its food markets, Berlin is a real treat for foodies, whatever your taste and budget. Check out the Kollwitzplatz on Thursdays and Saturdays, the Turkish market on Tuesday and Fridays and Markthalle Neun on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays to sample the best street food in the city. There really is something to tempt all tastebuds!
Berlin is synonymous with the currywurst – that’s a hot dog covered in tomato sauce and curry powder to us – so that’s an essential treat for meat lovers.
However, the city is also internationally recognised for its vegan food scene, so if plant based is more your thing, you’re in for a feast too – check out this blog on 13 unmissable places to eat vegan food in Berlin.
Where to shop in Berlin
Shopaholics rejoice in Berlin’s retail scene. After all, where else can you find Europe’s largest department store? Kaufhaus des Westerns (nicknamed KaDeWe) is an essential stop for those who love to find everything in one place.
There are hundreds of independent boutiques and hidden gems around Torstrasse and Mulackstrasse, as well as lots of vintage delights to be found in Prenzlauer Berg.
If designer shopping is more your bag, you can max out your credit card in the elite stores on Friedrichstrasse. This 3.3km long street is one of the busiest shopping areas in the city and it’s been a retail hotspot since pre-war days. You’ll find luxury and high street names, flagships stores for plenty of fashion outlets as well as cosmetics and jewellery stores.
Where to go out in Berlin
Whether you want to sample the finest hops in a beer hall or get your groove on in Berlin’s famous club scene, the nightlife in Berlin is eclectic enough to suit every party animal’s individual tastes.
Panorama Bar is the place to go for raving, as the home of the Euro techno music scene.
Check out Salon Zur Wilden or Watergate if you love underground house music, or simply bar hop across the city’s thousands of nightspots for a more varied experience of Berlin’s vibrant nightlife.
How to get to Berlin
Cheap flights from Berlin are easy to find – you can fly directly from Gatwick with low cost carrier EasyJet.
Where to park when you fly from Gatwick to Berlin
Parking at Gatwick Airport has never been easier thanks to the array of approved parking companies now operating at the airport. Always make sure you choose a company which is part of the airport’s approved operator scheme and has the ParkMark accreditation to show their sites have been vetted by local police.
Help Me Park operates a fully approved meet and greet (or valet) airport parking service to customers flying out of Gatwick Airport. You can book your Gatwick Airport meet and greet parking here.