Berlin is nothing short of an incredible place to visit. Having once played a significant role in world history, this capital city is a popular destination among travelers. Not only is it filled with a number of famous landmarks, you will also discover luxury shops, mouthwatering food markets, museums, events, neighborhoods, and much more. Though Berlin is a large city, the areas that are most popular with tourists are easily walkable, so you don’t need to worry about arranging transportation except from the cruise port. With so many sights and things to do, you might consider staying in Berlin a few days before or after your cruise to ensure that you’ve seen everything!
Avalon Waterways and CroisiEurope River Cruises are the only cruise lines that currently feature cruises from Berlin. A number of Avalon’s Suite Ships will bring you from Berlin to destinations in Eastern Europe, such as Budapest or Prague. Cruises range in length from 9- to 11-night and include scenic sailing along the Elbe River. CroisiEurope’s MS Elbe Princesse and MS Elbe Princesse II feature 6- to 8-night sailings from Berlin to Western Europe. A great time to visit Berlin is during the summer (May through October), when the weather tends to be very comfortable.
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Becoming more and more popular, a river cruise is an immerse and destination-focused vacation experience, on a small and luxurious vessel.
River cruises sail through the inland waterways of some of the world's most interesting vacation destinations (i.e. Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and North America), and provide their guests with a greater opportunity to spend time visiting more unique ports of call than a traditional cruise typically would.
Because the destination is the star of a river cruise, (typically guided) shore excursions are included at no additional charge by many River cruise lines. There are usually many interesting lectures given during the cruise, by experts on the history and culture of the region being visited.
Among the famous rivers that one may take a river cruise on are the Rhine, Mississippi, Seine, Danube, Mekong, Nile, Yangtze, Amazon and Douro.
These cruise lines fit (quality and, usually, price-wise) somewhere in between Premium and Luxury cruise lines.
A country club casual atmosphere can be expected on these lines, as can be elegant accommodations and gourmet cuisine. These cruise lines are a great option for adults looking for a upscale, yet laid back, vacation.
Unique itineraries are often available on these cruise lines, as their small-to-mid-sized ships can visit ports of call that large ones can't get to.
The pricing on Azamara Club Cruises includes select beverages and pre-paid gratuities, while the pricing of Viking Ocean Cruises includes shore excursions and select beverages.
These cruise lines offer a truly unique vacation experience, with a wide range of possible amenities and itineraries. Some are expedition cruise lines, others have sailing yachts or are coastal ships.
On these types of cruise lines, there's usually a focus on a specific destination or theme. Itineraries are usually very destination intensive, aided by the fact that they're able to reach many ports of call that larger ships can't.
Expedition cruise lines are a great fit for adventure-seeking travelers, featuring exciting destinations like the Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, and the Norwegian coast. During the cruise, there will usually be plenty of interesting lectures given by experts on the destination being visited. Often, shore excursions are included in the cost of the cruise. In fact, some of these cruise lines have all-inclusive pricing. There's a definite focus on the ship's surrounding scenery, as well as opportunities to view wildlife in their natural habitat. Small, but comfortable, ships are commonplace here, with anywhere from basic to very luxurious public spaces, cuisine, and accommodations (depending on the cruise line and ship).
Sailing Yachts, sail-assisted motor ships, offer a really unique vacation experience. Accommodations and cuisine on these intimate vessels can be anywhere from good to fantastic, depending on the cruise line. Destinations offered by these cruise lines may include the Caribbean, Europe, Panama Canal, Tahiti, and Costa Rica.
These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Berlin, along with a brief description:
♦ Famous Landmarks
With so many famous sights to see, you can easily spend an entire day exploring Berlin’s famous landmarks. A good starting point is Potsdamer Platz, a square right in the city center, which is very reminiscent of modern-day Berlin. Other can’t-miss attractions include the Holocaust Memorial, Berlin Zoo, Pariser Platz, State Opera House, Berlin Cathedral, Alexanderplatz, and remnants of the Berlin Wall, as well as a large number of iconic churches, government buildings, and other famous structures. You can opt to explore the city highlights on your own, or sign up for a guided excursion via your cruise line. Either way, prepare to be amazing by the sheer beauty of these famous attractions!
♦ Berlin Wall
When you think of Berlin, it is likely that the “Berlin wall” comes to mind. If you’re interested in learning more about the Berlin Wall, stop by the Berlin Wall Memorial, where you can see the last piece of the Berlin Wall (as well as a Visitor Center and Documentation Center). Another fascinating Berlin Wall site is the East Side Gallery, where you can view a collection of murals painted onto a 4,000+ ft. section of the wall. There is also the site of Checkpoint Charlie, the former border crossing point when the wall was intact. To learn more about Checkpoint Charlie and the history of the Berlin Wall, the Wall Museum is an excellent resource.
Aside from museums dedicated to the Berlin Wall, there is a great variety of other museums in Berlin! For example, you can view collections of ancient art and antiquities at Pergamonmuseum, one of Berlin’s most popular galleries. Jewish Museum Berlin is another popular spot, where you can discover more about Jewish history and culture. History buffs will especially find the Neues Museum appealing, as it is home to many archaeological exhibits. Some of Berlin’s other notable museums include the Alte Museum (displaying Greek and Roman memorabilia), German Historical Museum, Bode Museum (featuring Byzantine art and sculptures), DDR Museum (an interactive museum focusing around life in East Germany), and Museum fur Naturkunde.
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