Destination guide

Willkommen! Big and bustling Berlin beckons

History is tucked around every corner of Berlin – from Prussian palaces to the remnants of a notorious border wall – but the capital city is not stuck in the past. It doesn't take long to realise your Berlin vacation rental has placed you in one of Europe's most cosmopolitan cities. You can spend your days strolling down massive tree-lined boulevards, as you take a break to explore chic boutiques or grab lunch in a sidewalk cafe. There's no shortage of culture in Berlin either, as you'll find an abundance of museums and theatres scattered throughout the city.

Activities

Christmastime is here – holiday shop til you drop

Unter den Linden, Berlin's most famous street, features a pedestrian-only section in the centre that makes it ideal for strolling and people-watching. The famed thoroughfare leads to Gendarmenmarkt, a massive square that serves as the city's gathering place and is home to numerous street performers. Book a Berlin vacation rental in the winter and you'll really see the square come alive as it hosts Germany's beloved Christmas Markets. Warm yourself with mulled wine in the outdoor market as you shop from local vendors for Christmas gifts for friends and family.

Weather

The four seasons – a change is gonna come

Before you book a Berlin vacation rental, you should know that the weather varies by season. For instance, summers are often warm with high humidity, while winters can be cold and dark. In the summer months, daytime highs can climb to 25 degrees, while winters see temperatures dropping below freezing. Spring and autumn vary as well, with daytime temps ranging from anywhere from 8 to 19 degrees. Berlin is also a winter wonderland with snow usually falling from December through March. Rain can fall throughout the year as well, but the city rarely accumulates more than 570 millimeters annually.

Natural highlights

Hey foxy! Getting wild in the streets of Berlin

Berlin might be a bustling metropolis, but the city offers plenty of pristine natural settings, usually in the form of sprawling urban parks. These green spaces are even home to wild animals, such as foxes, racoons and boars. Don't be surprised to see some of these animals roaming the streets of Berlin late at night. Birdwatchers will love Tierpark and the banks of the River Spree, where they might spot everything from white-tailed eagles to wild grey herons. On the outskirts of the city, the asphalt jungle gives way to wetlands peppered with numerous woodlands and lakes.

Transport

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 centre. 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 near Berlin?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 740 holiday rentals near Berlin. From 620 Condos/Apartments to 84 Houses, find unique holiday homes for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Berlin for a long holiday or a weekend break is on HomeAway.

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

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of holiday rentals for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Berlin:

  • West Berlin Centre: 100 holiday homes
  • Winsviertel: 84 holiday homes
  • Kollwitzkiez: 97 holiday homes
  • Helmholtzkiez: 75 holiday homes
  • Bötzowviertel: 55 holiday homes

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Berlin?

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday homes near great places in Berlin. From HomeAway travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Europa Center: 1,024 holiday rentals
  • Schoneberg City Hall: 1,015 holiday rentals
  • Grips-Theater: 989 holiday rentals
  • Berlinale Palast: 973 holiday rentals
  • Waldbuhne: 962 holiday 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 holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Condos/Apartments in Berlin?

Yes, of course. HomeAway offers 620 Condos/Apartments in Berlin. Our other popular types of Berlin holiday rentals include:

  • Houses: 84 holiday houses
  • Villas: 9 holiday houses
  • Bungalows: 3 holiday houses

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

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Berlin?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 15 holiday homes with pool available in Berlin. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.