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Berlin is a city with a fascinating and turbulent history that was once the symbol of the Cold War, marking the dividing point between East and West. Today, Berlin is a modern capital city and a popular and rewarding holiday destination. There are traces of history and division all over the city, including remnants of the Berlin Wall, some sections of which are completely intact. The imposing Brandenburg Gate and famous Checkpoint Charlie are permanent reminders of Berlin's past.

Reichstag
The Reichstag is the seat of the German Parliament and is one of Berlin's most famous landmarks. Following a mysterious and controversial fire in 1930 - the Communists blamed the Nazis, who in turn blamed the Communists - it was rebuilt, only to be left unoccupied and abandoned after World War II. The German Democratic Republic (East Germany) used the Palace of the Republic in East Berlin, while the Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany) used the Bundeshaus in Bonn. Following the reunification of Germany in 1990, the Reichstag was fully refurbished by architect Norman Foster. His work included the addition of a huge glass dome on the roof, which provides incredible 360 degree views across the city. The dome is designed to direct sunlight into the building, while also allowing visitors to the dome to see into the Parliament chamber from above.

Alexanderplatz and the TV Tower
This grand parade ground, a familiar sight in most communist states, was once a symbol of East Germany. Today, Alexanderplatz is the largest city square in Germany. It is overlooked by the Television Tower. At 368 metres, the TV Tower is the tallest tower in Germany and provides unbeatable views across Berlin's city centre and surrounding region. At the tops, a revolving restaurant offers views while you eat, rotating twice every hour.

The Memorial for Europe's Murdered Jews
Located close to Brandenburg Gate is a permanent place of remembrance for Jews murdered during the holocaust. The poignant memorial consists of a simple grid pattern of concrete slabs set on a sloping field - the slabs begin to tower over you as you walk among them. The memorial is supplemented by an underground information centre containing the names of all known victims.

East Side Gallery
What has come to be known as the 'East Side Gallery' is in fact the longest surviving section of the Berlin Wall, at 1.3 kilometres in length. It runs along the banks of the River Spree, with 118 international artists from across the world immortalised on the Wall with graffiti art and paintings.

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Grand Imperial Cities
Small Group
4.6 stars(36 reviews)
2022JunJulAugSepOct
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  • DestinationAustria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary
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Discover Poland
Small Group
4.8 stars(5 reviews)
2022JunAugSep
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  • DestinationGermany, Poland
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Berlin, Dresden and Prague
22 Oct 2019
Mr M Arnold
5 stars
“The tour manager was brilliant and the group made up of interesting and nice people who geld as a group of travellers. Hotel were very nice and the Eurostar was a great experience as was the German rail network.
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Discover Poland
28 Sep 2018
Mr D Milne
5 stars
“A very well managed tour to an interesting country that we had not visited before
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Grand Imperial Cities
23/May
C Pipe-Wolferstan
4 stars
“I already much prefer travelling by train than aeroplane. I have a particular problem, being tall, with finding a seat with sufficient leg room. Also there sees to be a lot less waiting around in railway stations than there is in airports. Our tour director, Jon Cockerell, looked after us very well, giving us appropriate briefings and answering questions, and sorting things out when they went wrong. The guides in each city were very good with the exception of the one in Prague, but at least she was able to guide us to a good restaurant. Some of the information from the Prague guide was a little “long winded” and more up to date information would have been useful. The tour should also been renamed as a tour of Prague castle finishing it the town square rather than a Prague city tour. Perhaps the guide in Prague should have remembered to turn her microphone off while she was walking from one point on the tour to the next. The other guides (especially the one in Budapest) were prepared to “go the extra mile” and find the answers to questions. The advance luggage facility was very helpful so we didn’t have to carry our luggage between the first and fourth capital. The hotels in Frankfurt, Vienna and Budapest were very good. Prague: The Castle Hotel was quite good thought on the second evening there was only one rather eccentric waiter serving in the restaurant, who was also having to run the bar. All hotels so far were able to arrange to have our luggage outside our rooms by the time we arrived. However the last hotel, Checkpoint Charlie did not, and were causing difficulties about our luggage which arrived before we did. They claimed that they didn’t have room to store our luggage, which apparently they did. The breakfast staff at this hotel were good but the desk staff and at the bar were somewhat offhand and unhelpful. I would not recommend any friends to stay at that hotel. [I also had trouble with an unfriendly pianist who didn’t like me touching “his” piano]. I appreciate that hotels must be chosen for reasons of fair pricing but I would not recommend using this hotel again. Tipping: Tips and gratuities. We tipped out tour guides in each city accordingly. I also tipped hotel staff (except in Berlin) We both feel that high level tipping is an unwelcome import from the U.S.A and we do not like being “told” how much to tip. I was a little puzzled by your recommendation to tip our tour director by at least £5 per day and wonder if it might have been better to charge us a little more for the tour and leave supplementary tips to our discretion. A minimum £70 tip seems quite a lot. I appreciated having a “free day” in each city as being older I found the tour, particularly the days with walking guided tours, fairly tiring and the free day enabled me to catch up, so to speak, while more energetic members could visit whatever attractions appealed to them. I would certainly consider going on a similar tour as long as it was sufficiently leisurely. I also appreciated the opportunity for a quick visit to Cologne Cathedral during our return journey while Jon (and a weary tour member) guarded our cases. Charles Pipe-Wolferstan Pictures: 1. The sleek Eurostar Engine 2. Pho Ga in Xinh Xinh, Linienstr., my favourite Berlin cafe. 3. The curious pedestrian signals, the little man with the hat.
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