Destination guide

Where hip meets grit, with a dash of history to boot

Though Germany's capital city dates back to the 13th century, today it has a hipster appeal that's entirely modern. With its thriving nightlife, as well as a growing dining, cafe, and shopping scene, opting for a Berlin vacation rental in the heart of the city, or in one of its up-and-coming neighborhoods, will put you in the middle of the action. But the city doesn't shy away from its turbulent past one little bit and you'll be able to find out about its role in both World War II and the Cold War.

Things to do

Iconic museums and monuments at every turn

Berlin is practically made for museum-hopping, and luckily, this city has no shortage! A stroll along the East Side Gallery, featuring preserved and resorted parts of the Berlin Wall, is a must. Be sure to also visit the art exhibits at the Kathe Kollwitz Museum, or explore the Bauhaus Archives at the Museum of Design. Visit the Topography of Terror, and learn about the community that Berlin, and Europe, lost at the Jewish Museum. The Berlin War Memorial is not to be missed, and if you're traveling with kids, be sure to hit Zoo Berlin and the neighboring Aquarium Berlin.

Activities

Official capital of Germany, unofficial capital of hipsters

Berlin celebrates a diverse mix of historic neighborhoods full of intrigue and must-sees, from the Brandenburg Gate to Checkpoint Charlie to Charlottenburg Palace, and vibrant new hotspots, seemingly made for the hipsters who frequent many of its bars and cafes. The city is also known for its eclectic music scene, with plenty of clubs, concert venues, and bars celebrating up and coming artists. Opt for a guided tour of the city, either by foot, bike, bus, or Segway, and learn about the intricate history of one of Europe's most storied cities.

Weather

It's a whole new city when the sun is shining

Berlin's summers are short, but this is when the city truly buzzes to life. Spring and fall also have their perks, so plan a visit from May through October to enjoy the cafe scene, fall in love with picnics in the park, and stroll leisurely from neighborhood to neighborhood. Winters in Berlin are cold and gray, and you may find that November through January is mostly overcast. The upside for budget travelers is that your Berlin vacation rental is likely to be that much more affordable in the off-season.

Natural features

Where "the world is too small for walls"

Situated in northeastern Germany on the River Spree, Berlin is the country's largest and most sprawling city. Forests, parks, gardens, rivers, and lakes make up almost one third of the city's land area, with the rest dedicated to a diverse mix of architecture, most from the Cold War era. This layout makes it an ideal city for walking, hiking, and biking—especially as the city itself is largely flat. Though Berlin was once divided by its infamous wall, today, only the River Spree runs through the city, separating its neighborhoods, but not its people.

How to get there

How to get to and around Berlin

The nearest airport is in Berlin (TXL-Tegel), located 3.5 mi (5.6 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you might consider flying into Berlin (SXF-Schoenefeld), which is 11 mi (17.7 km) away.

If you prefer to travel by train, Berlin Zoological Garten Station, Berlin Central Station and Potsdamer Platz Station are the main stations in the area. You can get around Berlin by catching a ride on the metro at Hansaplatz U-Bahn, Bellevue S-Bahn or Tiergarten S-Bahn.

Where to stay around Berlin?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 764 vacation rentals near Berlin. From 668 Condos/Apartments to 67 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Berlin for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Berlin?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Berlin:

  • Mitte: 517 vacation rentals
  • Kreuzberg: 390 vacation rentals
  • Prenzlauer Berg: 239 vacation rentals
  • Schöneberg: 121 vacation rentals
  • Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg: 359 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Berlin?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Berlin. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Alexanderplatz: 1,019 vacation rentals
  • Berlin-Charlottenburg Station: 1,078 vacation rentals
  • Berlin Central Station: 1,019 vacation rentals
  • Potsdamer Platz: 1,025 vacation rentals
  • Messe Berlin: 1,068 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Berlin listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Condos/Apartments in Berlin?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 668 Condos/Apartments in Berlin. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Berlin include:

  • Houses: 67 rentals available
  • Villas: 8 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 3 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Studios and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Berlin?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 11 vacation rentals with pool available in Berlin. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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