Historic Berlin Weekend - Enjoy the Historical sights and delve into this city's past and present.
Travelling Early on Saturday the 24th of February and returning early evening on Monday the 26th of Februar , 3 full days and 2 nights.
Berlin, the German capital, is renowned for its exceptional variety of attractions, its flourishing cultural scene and a way of life that's both fast-paced and relaxed.
It's hard to believe that barely a generation has passed since Berliners tore down the Berlin Wall, and since then, the city has resonated with open-mindedness.
We will explore the fascinating history of Berlin, grasp some culture and art on the Museum Island and view some of the most beautiful and interesting monuments of Europe such as the Reichstag and the Brandenburg Gate.
Meet Emma your Social Circle Host in the departures lounge at Manchester Airport where we will gather before heading to our exciting destination of Berlin.
The 4-star Mercure Hotel Berlin City West is conveniently located near the Charlottenburg district, not far from the exhibition centre. All 119 modern, air-conditioned rooms have free WI-FI.
Just 100 yards from the famous shopping street Friedrichstrasse our modern hotel is situated in central Berlin and offers air-conditioned rooms with flat-screen TV, international cuisine, and easy underground connections.
The Mercure Berlin City has bright, allergy-free rooms with a desk and spacious bathroom. Free Wi-Fi is available in all areas of the hotel.
International and local food is prepared in the Mercure Berlins restaurant with terrace. The Relax Bar serves German beer, fine wines, and small snacks
What is included?
Our host Emma has lived in Berlin and has local knowledge and experience and will give you the attention to detail which will make this a thoroughly enjoyable trip, your Social Circle host Emma will recommend and lead you to many places of interest over your stay, each evening she will take care of your dinner reservations at a restaurant offering the best in local cuisine. Our host's are able to assist and answer any questions, and will enhance you enjoyment of your weekend. They will organise the best mode of transport to and from the airport, take care of the hotel bookings and offer a first class service.
You will share a twin bedded room with an en suite bathroom and full choice of breakfast. Their is an additional single supplement for your own room, see details.
Contact Cathy our organiser on 07891060565, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss any aspect of the weekend or answer any question.
Your host Emma will organize the best attractions and tourist spots to visit each day, you are welcome to join in this itinerary, or you may decide to venture out on your own or with friends and your host can advice you on some of the local attractions, we invite you attend dinner each evening, when we can talk over the exciting days events sharing information and stories with your group of friends and companions.
We will visit each day a selection of the best culture and unique gems of Berlin over our 3 day stay from Saturday 24th of February to Monday 26th of February.
Upon arrival in Berlin we check-in then head off for our first adventure within this vibrant City.
Berlin is Germany's political capital - and the capital of art, culture, alternative lifestyles and pure zest for life. The city's diversity is unrivalled worldwide: you will be amazed at how much there is to discover.
This 3 day break in will introduce you to Berlin and is perfect for those who wish to see Berlin at its best while enjoying a relaxed break.
Berlin has a phenomenal amount of sights, the number of which expands as you begin to dig deeper into the city.
The seat of the German Parliament is also one of Berlins most famed landmarks. From œmysteriously burning down in 1933 (the Nazis blamed the Commies and vice versa) to being abandoned, then wrapped in a million square feet of fireproof polypropylene fabric by artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude, and finally being capped with a fancy transparent dome designed by Sir Norman Foster, the building has enjoyed its fair share of ups and downs.
The Unesco heritage Museum Island comprises five conveniently adjacent museums, all located on an accessible œislanÂÂÂÂ along the river Spree. Each museum is a destination in its own right and deserves at least half a day to explore. The Pergamon Museum has vast treasures from the Ancient Near East and Islamic art, though the Pergamon Altar, north wing and gallery of Hellenistic art are closed to the public until 2019 due to refurbishment; the Neues Museum holds Egyptian, prehistoric and classical treats, while the Bode Museum has an outstanding sculpture collection. Combination tickets are available for all five museums.
the main entry point for visitors wanting to cross the infamous Iron Curtain to East Berlin during the division of the city. It was also the spot where, in 1961, US and Russian tanks literally lined up to face each other in what the world believed could be the start of another war. Built with its original look in mind, the attraction comes with border guards outside and a museum featuring tales of escapees (would-be and successful) plus a range of memorabilia and interesting exhibits.
Checkpoint Charlie was the main entry point for visitors wanting to cross the infamous Iron Curtain to East Berlin during the division of the
Jewish (Ãdisches) Museum
Daniel Libeskinds Jewish Museum is a must-see in Berlin, both historically and architecturally. The zig-zag zinc-clad building has been thoughtfully designed and its contents cover more than 2,000 years of Jewish history (from the Roman era to the present day), arranged in 14 different rooms and areas. The building also has five vertical voids, walls of dark concrete, a spectacular glass courtyard and an equally angular new archive was added in 2012. Guided tours are available and the kosher cafe-restaurant is very good.
Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
Peter Eisenmanâs hugely controversial 2,700 concrete slabs (stelae) are arranged in a neat grid spread across 200,000 square feet of prime Berlin real estate near the Brandenburger Tor. They are deliberately built at varying height to give visitors a sense of disorientation and confusion, but its the vast underground information centre (located in the south-eastern corner) which really leaves you reeling.
Germany's oldest zoo (1844) occupies a generous corner of the Tiergarten park. It is home to more than 15,000 animals, giant pandas included many (but not all) in large, open natural areas. The zoo also features Europe's most modern birdhouse, with more than 550 species, and the adjacent aquarium (added in 1913, separate charge) has 9,000 species of fish, amphibians, creepy crawlies and other fascinating creatures.
Napoleonâs army borrowedÂÂÂÂ it, Ronald Reagan called for Gorbachev to tear down this wallÂÂÂ from behind it, and Jacko held a baby from a balcony near it. If there were a prize for Berlins most recognisable attraction, it would be the Brandenburger Tor. The best way to enjoy it is to stroll towards it via Unter den Linden, Berlins take on the Champs-Elys, taking in the chestnut trees and the run of shops, glamorous theatres and excellent museums along the way
Who said days out had to be cheerful? Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp, built in 1936, was the first camp to be established by Heinrich Himmler, after he became Chief of the German Police. The design was conceived by SS architects as the ideal concentration camp setting and became a model for other camps. More than 200,000 people were imprisoned here between 1936 and 1945, with tens of thousands more dying of starvation, forced labour, disease and systematic extermination. Thousands more died during the death marches following the evacuation of the camp at the end of April 1945, all of which is well documented inside the camp, parts of which have been rebuilt.
After its liberation, the Soviet secret police turned it again into a prison camp, issuing untold death and misery for another five years. Note that the museums, archive and library are closed on Mondays, but the open-air exhibitions and the visitor information centre remain open.
Just 30 minutes from the capital, Potsdam makes a great day trip. The capital city of Brandenburg (it was the residence of the Prussian kings until 1918), it is located right on the river Havel and boasts the remarkable Schloss Sanssouci, the largest World Heritage Site in Germany; Babelsberg, the oldest large-scale film studio in the world; Schinkelâ s Roman Baths; and the ultra-charming two-street Dutch Quarter, which contains distinctive Dutch houses fashioned from red brick.
Our host has local knowledge of this historical city and will organise your days to cover the most interesting places and highlights and we hope you will join us alternatively. If you want to explore the city with your friends or on your own our host can suggest, some top attractions not to be missed.
Socialising and enjoying the local cuisine and bars is the perfect way to end each day, and we will all meet nightly to eat and discuss the days activities, our host will choose restaurants that offer the best in local delicacies and will give that true flavour of the city and people.
What's left to do? Simply book your flight and come join us.....
Booking Information and flights
PLACES LIMITED to 10 - YOU MUST BOOK EARLY to take advantage of the best flight prices and be assured of a place on this extremely popular weekend with your host Emma.
Price Increase on the 21st of December of £30.00, another good reason to book yor weekend away NOW!.
Price: Member £235 Non member £275. To get member price you must be a member at time of booking and at time of event.
SINGLE ROOM SUPPLIMENT OF £135, SIMPLY EMAIL INFO@SOCIAL-CIRCLE.CO.UK TO RESERVE YOUR SINGLE ROOM.
We suggest booking flight Easy Jet:
EZY 1897 departingon Saturday the 24th of February at 07.15 am and returning on Monday 26th on flight EZY 1896 departing at 17.50 p.m.
* You are responsible for booking your own flight's and are governed by the airlines rules.
Lunch and Dinner meals are also your responsibility and any organised payable tours.
Travel to and from your Berlin accomodation is not included, but your host will organise the best mode of transport.
With Social Circle you will have your very own guide who will make your trip one to remember. Add to this the great company, friendships that are formed, lively conversations, nights out and general relaxed atmosphere , this is your Social Circle Guarantee. Just an incredible trip organised for you with like-minded people.