Location of Capri by Fraser Hotel
Capri by Fraser Berlin
A must-see attraction for its antiquities and Egyptian collection.
Displays a fine selection of important works by German masters and French Impressionists.
Noted for its collections of Islamic and Ancient Near East Art, as well as its many classical antiquities.
Also home to the Museum of Byzantine Art, the baroque-style Bode-Museum also houses a sizeable collection of sculptures. https://www.smb.museum/home.html
Entertainment district featuring The Arkaden, a vast shopping mall. Along with offices, this central area offers tempting food outlets, a theatre and cinemas too.
Made up of eight connected courtyards, this is the place to find many of Berlin’s most popular restaurants and cafés, plus a cinema. http://www.hackesche-hoefe.de/
Dating from the mid-18th Century, the baroque-styled Berlin Cathedral is famous for its magnificent church organ, which contains more than 7000 pipes! berlinerdom.de.
Linienstrasse and Auguststrasse
Art-lovers the world over flock to the many superb galleries here.
Famed for staging major events and concerts, the Konzerthaus also provides behind-the-scenes tours. en.konzerthaus.de
Located in Hackesche Höfe, this historic venue will delight lovers of intimate theatre performances, and other forms of live entertainment. www.chamaeleonberlin.com
Translated as “Pleasure Garden”, this famous public park has a long and rich history. Previously it has been used as a parade ground and a venue for mass rallies.
Berlin is a beautiful place to explore by boat. Märkisches Ufer is pier from which you can take many kinds of river cruises around the city itself, or further out into the surrounding areas.
Named after the famous Austrian actress, this simple public park is affectionately known as the ‘Lawn Sofa’. Great for a picnic or just to stretch out, it is only moments away from Potsdamer Platz.
No visit to Berlin is complete without a trip to the Zoo. Established in 1844, the vast, leafy grounds and many birds and animals were donated by King Friedrich Wilhelm IV. Today, it houses some 20,000 creatures, many in ‘open’ enclosures that provide a more natural setting. German’s oldest and most diverse animal park includes orangutans, rhinos and polar bears. Don’t miss feeding time! Enter via the Lion Gate on Hardenbergplatz, or the Elephant Gate on Budapester Strasse. http://www.zoo-berlin.de/en
For a breathtaking (quite literally) view across the city, try scaling the 85-metre high Flak Tower. Or for gentler exercise, choose one of the many jogging tracks, take a dip in the pool, or let the kids do all the running around at the playgrounds. Flak Tower Humboldthain Brunnenstraße 110, 13355 Berlin.
AquaDom & Sea Life
With over 5000 creatures and a thrilling ride, this popular attraction is billed as the largest free standing cylindrical aquarium in the world. https://www.visitsealife.com/berlin/en/
Berlin by Bike
Another great way to get around Berlin is via bicycle, either with a guided tour or planning your own route around town. https://berlinonbike.de/en/
What could be more fun and romantic than cinema under the stars? Don’t forget the popcorn! https://theculturetrip.com/europe/germany/articles/the-ultimate-list-of-outdoor-cinemas-in-berlin/
Open Air Tango & Salsa
Grab your partner…and try a spot of open-air dancing at the Monbijoupar, always popular during the summer months (May-September). http://www.amphitheater-berlin.de
Swimming Pools in Mitte
This award-winning swimming complex features all kinds of pools – for serious swimmers and fun-lovers - including Roman baths, a water-slide and a tower. http://www.berlinerbaeder.de/
For a taste of traditional Berlin fare, this popular restaurant offers delicious German cuisine, wine and beer with a nod to 1920s-style decor. http://www.berlin-1840.de/
This is where you’ll find the finest, often hand-made delicacies all under one roof. http://www.eatberlinstore.de/
For a taste of Spain, head to Berlin Mitte for some mouthwatering tapas. http://www.yosoy.de/
Oxymoron Salon & Lounge Restaurant
Treat yourself to some fine French and Italian cuisine in the glorious courtyard of Hackesche Höfe, resplendent in Art Nouveau style. http://www.oxymoron-berlin.de/en/
Part of the Filmhaus, this eatery offers healthier food, much of it locally-grown. You can find it on Potsdamer Strasse. www.ki-nova.de
For something different, try this Thai food restaurant, to the north-west of Monbijoupark, which offers traditional cuisine paired with a comprehensive wine list. kamala-thaifood.de
Enjoy a refreshing beverage beside the Spree River in this charming tavern, which is also a brewery. brauhaus-georgbraeu.de
Berliner Antik- und Flomarkt
A collection of dozens of shops, this is the place to find antiques, souvenirs and eateries too. Head over to the Bodemuseum – it’s located right outside. berliner-antikmarkt.de
Art Market at Zeughaus
Conveniently located close to Museum Island, this market is famous for its many affordable original artworks. Do note that the market is only open at weekends during good weather.
If you’re looking for luxury brands, you’ll find them right here at this exclusive shopping mall, described as an ‘art and fashion house’. http://www.quartier206.com/
Potsdamer Platz Arkaden
Collectors and admirers alike will adore Königliche Porzellan Manufaktur Berlin, a 250-year-old manufacturer of fine porcelain, located at Courtyard III of Hackesche Höfe. kpm-berlin.com
The heart of the Berlin’s celebrated nightlife is right here. http://www.hackeschermarktberlin.de/
CinemaxX Berlin Potsdamer Platz
Not sure what to watch? With 17 screens showing the latest blockbusters and a range of German Art house films, you’re sure to find something here. https://www.cinemaxx.de/berlin/
Theater am Potsdamer Platz
Berlin’s largest theatre seats more than 1700 and stages many of the world’s top touring shows. https://www.stage-entertainment.de
Spielbank Berlin am Fernsehturm
If you enjoy a flutter, this smart casino offers a wide range of card tables, roulette and video poker. spielbank-berlin.de
Roter & Grüner Salon
Check the latest schedule to find out what concerts and events are available during your stay. Music ranges from the 70s right up to today’s indie scene.
Facilities, Amenities and Services within the vicinity
- The closest tube station (U) is Spittelmarkt station, about a 4-minute walk.
- The river close to the hotel is called the Spree canal.
- The closest upmarket shopping area is at Stadtmitte Station, which is about 5-minutes away by taxi, or just one stop from Spittelmarkt station to Stadtmitte station.
- It takes about 8 minutes by car to reach Checkpoint Charlie.
- The closest supermarket and restaurant is Netto Filiale, about a 4-minute drive away.
- A car park is available at the building just opposite Capri by Fraser Berlin.
- A Shell petrol station is a 6-minute drive away.
- By car, Berlin Cosmopolitan international school is 11 minutes away.
- Berlin Congress Center GmbH (BCC) is only a 5-minute drive away.
- By car, it takes only 9 minutes to reach Pergamonmuseum and the other museums in the same area.
- It is about 8 minutes by car to both the US and Singapore embassies. Driving to the UK embassy takes about 7 minutes, while the French embassy is about 10 minutes away.
- Deutsche Bank can be reached in 6 minutes by car, while Commerzbank / Bank of Scotland can be reached in 9 minutes.
- Deutsche Post is about a 5-minute drive away.
Getting to Capri by Fraser Berlin, Germany
- From Tegel International Airport - Take U2 at Spittelmarkt & change to X9 Bus
- From Schönefeld International Airport – Deutsche Bahn RE7 express train to Alexanderplatz
- From Tegel International Airport – Estimated 30 minutes
- From Schönefeld International Airport – estimated 35 minutes
Berlin is both the capital of Germany and its largest city. Although documented in the 13th Century, some regard it as one of Europe’s newer cities, following rapid growth and industrialisation during the mid-nineteenth century. Much of the city was devastated during WWII, but some beautiful architecture is still preserved. In recent history, it has famously been segregated and reunified.
Today, Berlin is a dynamic world city filled with culture and natural beauty. Many revere it for its commerce, sporting events and modern architecture. Entrepreneurs, students and tourists flock to the city and its many attractions, including a world-renowned orchestra, art scene and festivals. Forests, parks and waterways make up about one-third of the city, which enjoys a temperate seasonal climate and is home to approximately 3.7 million people.
Essential Facts of Berlin
- Location: Germany
- Area: 357,374 sq km
- Local time: GMT + 1 hour
- Currency: The Euro (€) is the official currency of Germany, which is divided into 100 cents.
- Gratuity & Tipping
- Prices include Service and Tax. Many Germans round up the bill to cover gratuity.
- In more expensive restaurants 10% tip is customary.
- Some restaurants add “service is not included” to their menus and bills so tipping is at the discretion of the customer.
- Language: German is the official language. Many places have signs in English. Staff & locals speak some English generally.
- Berlin has a temperate continental climate. Summers are warm and humid with average high temperatures of 22–25 °C (72–77 °F) and lows of 12–14 °C (54–57 °F). June-August have nice weather with a good average temperature. On average, the warmest month is July. On average, the coolest month is January. June is the wettest month. October is the driest month.
- Health: No vaccinations are required for travel to Germany.
- Visa: Valid passport is required for all travelers to Germany. EU country citizens do not need a visa. Non-EU citizens wishing to remain in Germany longer than 90 days will require a visa which must be obtained in advance from Germany consulates. Visitors should check with the local German consulate for visa requirements or visit www.auswaertiges-amt.de
- Prohibited Imports: No drugs, no weapons, nor meat from any non-EU country. The amount of cigarettes and alcohol is restricted in or out of the country.
- Sunday: The general day of worship and a public holiday.
- Weekend: Government, schools and commercial Saturday and Sunday.
- Electricity: The electrical system is based on 220/230 V 50 Hz. Plugs are the standard continental type with 2 round pins are used.
- Credit Cards: Visa & MasterCard are generally accepted and sometimes American Express & Diners Club. Some cafés and restaurants require a minimum purchase to use a credit card. ATM machines are widely available. Cash is still widely used.
- Business Hours
- Offices in Berlin are generally open 9am-6pm (1hour lunch).
- Banks – times vary according to the branch
- From 9am to 4pm – Monday, Wednesday, Friday
- From 9am to 6pm – Tuesday & Thursday
- Smaller shops open Monday to Friday 930 to 10am – 8pm.
- Saturdays shops usually close at 4 or 5pm. Shops are closed on Sundays.
- Generally cafés open at 10am & restaurants open at 12noon. Restaurants usually close between 3 and 6pm. There are a lot of places that are open until late, sometimes 2 or 3am.