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Planning a short break to Berlin? Check out Travel Library's recommended Top 10 Things To Do in Berlin. It's a perfect companion for weekend city breaks to Berlin. Once you've been you can add your own tips and suggestions to help other visitors.

Botanical Garden

Koenigin-Luise-Strasse 6-8, take the S-Bahn to Botanischer Garten or Rathaus Steglitz. This garden contains a large collection of indigenous European and exotic plants, the big palm house is one of the largest in the whole world. The garden also has a large arboretum; a garden for blind visitors; and a garden with water plants.

The garden is open everyday from 09h00 - 20h00. Admission is $3 for adults; $1.50 for children over 6; and children under 6 are free. The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday 10h00 - 17h00 and admission is free.

Berlin Zoo-Aquarium

Hardenbergplatz 8, take the U-Bahn or S-Bahn to Zoologischer Garten. This is Germany's oldest zoo and was founded in 1844. The zoo is massive and covers almost the whole southwest corner of the Tiergarten. The zoo is home to over 13,000 different animals, most of them live in large and open natural habitats. It also has Europe's best and most modern birdhouse, which has over 550 different species of birds.

The aquarium is just as amazing as the zoo, with over 9,000 fish; reptiles; amphibians; insects; and many other marine creatures. The terrarium inside the aquarium houses crocodiles; Komodo dragons; and tuataras. The aquarium also has a large collection of snakes; lizards; and turtles.

Admission to the zoo is $8 for adults and $3.75 for childrn. Admission to the aquarium is $8 for adults and $3.75 for children. A combined ticket for both costs $12 for adults and $6 for children. They are open daily from 09h00 - 18h00.

Egyptian Museum

Schlossstrasse 70, take the U-Bahn to Sophie-Charlotte-Platz or Richard-Wagner-Platz. This is one of the best Egytian museums in the world and is housed in the palace's east guarhouse. The museum's prized exhibit is the colored bust of Queen Nefertiti, which dates back to 1360 BC and was discovered in 1912. Other noteworthy attractions include the head of Queen Tiy; the head of a priest in green stone; and the amazing Kalabasha Gateway, which was built by Emperor Augustus in 30 BC. There are also other displays containing jewelry; papyrus; tools; weapons; and objects relating to the Egyptian belief in the afterlife.

The museum is open from Tuesday to Friday 10h00 - 18h00, and Saturday and Sunday 11h00 - 18h00. Admision is $4 fro adults; $2 for children; and free admission on the first Sunday ov every month.

Berlin Cathedral

Am Lustgarten 1, take the S-Bahn or U-Bahn to Alexanderplatz. The Berlin Cathedral was the church of the Kaisers and the former court cathedral of Prussia's Royal family. It was built between 1894 - 1905 during the reign of Kaiser Wilhelm II. The beautiful interior was designed by Julius Raschdorff in the late 1800s, attractions inside include the Sermon Chapel with its golden altar frieze depicting the 12 apostles; the amazing Sauer organ; and the outstanding sarcophagi of the Great Elector and Electress Dorothea, King Friedrich I and Queen Sophie Charlotte. Admission is $6.20 for adults and $4 for seniors; students; and children.

Marzahn Recreational Park

Eisenacher Strasse 98, take the S-Bahn to Marzahn. The park was opened in 1987 during Berlin's 750th celebrations. It covers 21 hectares and has various areas, including the Yellow Garden; the White Garden; and the Rhododendron Grove. The park also has playgrounds; areas for sunbathing and ball games; and the figures from Grimm's fairytales. The Chinese Garden is the largest found outside China, the Garden of the Reclaimed Moon has gentle rolling hills; a miniature Chinese Wall; bridges and rocks; and its centrepiece is a 4,500 square metre lake. A few new areas have recently opened, there is now a Japanese Garden; Balinese garden; and Garden of three harmonies. The park has a lot to offer and is a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Admission is $3 for adults; $1.50 for students; and children are free.

Grand Hotel Esplanade

Lutzowufer 15, in the city centre. The Grand Hotel Esplanade is one of the best hotels in Berlin and is a great place to spend a night in luxury and style. The hotel has a range of facilities including a hairdresser; fitness centre; indoor swimming pool; jacuzzi; sauna; 2 restaurants; business centre; and 2 bars. Facilities in the rooms include cable TV; inhouse movies; telephone; radio; work desks; minibar; internet access; and full function bathrooms.

For further information visit the hotel's website: www.esplanade.de/frameset-ie.html

Brandenburg Gate

Pariser Platz, take the S-Bahn to Unter den Linden. The Brandenburg Gate is one of the most famous sights of Berlin and should be on any tourists list of things to see. This sandstone structure was built between 1788 - 1791,and has 12 Doric columns and is based on the Acropolis in Athens. On either side six Doric columns support the 11 meter-deep transverse beam, which divides the gate into five passageways. The gate was crowned in 1794 with the quadriga and goddess of victory created by Schadow, that looks eastwards over the city centre.

Knaack Klub Berlin

Greifswalder Strasse 224, take the S-Bahn or U-Bahn to Alexanderplatz. This is possibly the hottest and most popular club in Berlin, and is frequented by a mixed group of young people that want to party and have fun. The club has 4 different levels and plays a mix of the best music from 80s; 70s; to crossover; punk; rock; and metal. There are also regular live performances by the many of the world's top bands and artists, held at the club. This is the place to go when in Berlin, if you're looking to have the best party of your life.

For more information visit the clubs website: www.knaack-klub.de/neu/index.php

First Floor

Budapesterstrasse 42, In the Palace Berlin Hotel. This is one of the best restaurants in Berlin, located near the Tiergarten on the first floor of the Palace Berlin Hotel. They serve an wide range of excellent regional German and French dishes. Some of the specialities include terrine of veal with arugula-flavored butter; Bresse chicken; guinea fowl stuffed with foie gras and served with a truffled vinaigrette sauce; and a cassoulet of lobster and broad beans. This restaruant is the place to go to sample some local cuisine at it's best. The prices are a little above average, but the excellent food and memorable dining experience are well worth the extra money.

Berlin Film Museum

Postdamer Strasse 2, take the U-Bahn or S-Bahn to Potsdamer Platz. The museum houses exhibitions and displays about the history of German cinema. One of the main focuses of the museum is the link between the Berlin and Hollywood film industries.

The extensive collection of the museum includes a million stills of scenes; portraits; and productions, as well as with 30,000 screenplays; 20,000 posters; and 60,000 film programs.

This museum is a great place for the whole family to have fun and learn about film from the past to the present.

The museum is open from Tuesday - Sunday 10h00 - 18h00. Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for seniors; students; and children.

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