We are pleased to welcome you to the InterContinental Berlin. The German capital city where east meets west and modern meets classic. My concierge team and I are looking forward to giving you an unforgettable Berlin experience.
Our hotel is your upmarket hotel in the center of Berlin. The InterContinental Berlin has struck an impressive pose on the city skyline since 1958. A better location is hard to imagine — world-famous Potsdamer Platz and Kurfürstendamm Boulevard are around the corner. The Reichstag and Memorial Church are within walking distance. And so is the relaxing Tiergarten park. The InterContinental Berlin with its friendly teams and delicious breakfast is your perfect base for the exploration of Berlin.
Berlin Underworlds. Almost 40 percent of the buildings in the city centre are holding underground secrets of old brewery cellars, pneumatic post and bunker system. Experience Berlin´s underground bunker and shelter constructions. Afterwards you can enjoy a freshly prepared hot chocolate in the incomparable ambience of the chocolate house Fassbender and Rausch at Gendarmenmarkt.
Topography of Terror. The majority of NS-regime crimes were planned and staged at the centre of these present-day sites. The central institutions of Nazi persecution and terror, the Secret State Police, the leadership of the SS and the Reich Security Main Office, were located here. Partially destroyed during the war, rendered unrecognizable after the war by demolition and conversion and eventually forgotten, this historic site was rediscovered in the early 1980s and gradually re-established in the historical memory of Berlin and the Federal Republic of Germany. What had been a partial wasteland in the shadow of the Berlin wall was ultimately transformed into a centre for the documentation of Nazi crimes. Free entry.
Show Palace. Welcome to the East End. The Broadway of Berlin and the city´s hip nightlife mile. It stretches from Unter den Linden along Friedrichstrasse to Hackescher Markt. And in the middle, you will find the Show Palace, Europe´s biggest theatre. The Show Place attracts visitors with magnificent revue shows. The modern shows are filled with the most modern aesthetic aspects and brand new high-tech effects. At the moment, Show Me is playing at the Show Palace.
Some value it as fast-paced, colourful and full of surprises; others find it a little too hectic and a little gruff. Berlin is fascinating because it is multicultural and adaptable. Visit churches, synagogues, mosques and Buddhist temples. The biggest Jewish Synagogue offers guided tours.
Berlin is located in the continental, temperate climate zone. The coldest months are January and February with an average temperature of below zero. In Berlin, the wind mostly blows from north- and south-west.
You should normally tip about 5 to 10 percent in restaurants.
DID YOU KNOW ?
The German capital is almost 9 times as large as Paris.
Bridges in Berlin
Note the bridgework the city has to offer; Berlin has more bridges than Venice.
City of Culture
Berlin's vibrant cultural scene has a lot to offer. There are over 170 museums and collections, 300 galleries and numerous special exhibitions and festivals. Three internationally renowned opera houses, a federal ballet, seven symphony orchestras, 15 chamber orchestras and about 850 choirs wait to be discovered. Musical theatres, federal as well as private stages, continue the capital's long theatrical history. Entertainment and arts are as exciting as they are diverse.
The Reichstag is the place of the Government of the Federal Republic. It used to be the government seat of the German Empire and the Weimar Republic as well. The newly designed glass dome offers a great view of the city. You need to register for entry in advance. The concierge can assist you.
Peacock Island (with real peacocks) and Glienicke Palace - the embodiment of Prince Carl's Italophilia - is part of the area designated by the UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage site.
WHAT TO PACK
Exchange some money, just enough to cover airport incidentals and transportation to the hotel, before you leave home, so you can avoid unpleasant queues at the airport ATMs.
You should have international insurance when visiting Germany, especially if you're planning to drive.
Variety of clothing
Bring a wide variety of clothing. Berlin equals diversity. With 1,500 events daily, you might spontaneously change your mind and want to be able to dress accordingly!
The Highway Berliner Ring A10 encircles Berlin. From the A10 the A115, another highway leads to Berlin’s city centre. From here, its runs into the A100, an urban motorway which runs from the north of Berlin to the west and south. Driving on the A10 the highway exit Nuthetal in direction Zehlendorf/Zentrum and onto A115 is the optimal gateway to the city centre. After approx. 26 kilometres keep right and take the A100 towards Hamburg/Wedding. After approx. 2 kilometres take the highway exit Kaiserdamm and keep to the right to turn onto Knobelsdorffstrasse. At the next traffic light, please turn right again and keep on going 300 metres on Sophie-Charlotte-Strasse up to Kaiserdamm. Please turn left to turn onto Kaiserdamm. Keep on driving straight up to the roundabout Großer Stern with the Victory Column in the middle. Please keep to the right before driving onto the roundabout. Please turn right onto Hofjägerallee and right again at the next traffic light onto Stülerstrasse. After 500 metres you will reach the hotel on the right on Budapester Strasse.