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If you are visiting Berlin with or without kids then I would strongly recommend adding a visit to Zoo Berlin to your list of things to do.  You’ll find the Berlin Zoological Garden in Tiergarten and it’s easily accessible from the S-Bahn, U-Bahn and bus stops. Just look for the stop marked Zoologischer Garten in each case. I have been lucky enough to stay in two hotels near to Berlin Zoo, 25hours Berlin and Hotel Palace Berlin and it was on the second trip that I knew I had to visit

After a very early flight to Berlin, and more coffee than was probably sensible, I caught the bus from Berlin Schönefeld Airport to Alexanderplatz in search of the Hampton by Hilton Hotel, where I was due to be staying for the weekend. I was incredibly early for check in, but I wanted to drop off my bags before heading into Berlin City Centre to begin exploring the sights. The bus dropped me off in the main square of Alexanderplatz, and I chose to walk the 5 minutes or so to the hotel

If you follow the Zena’s Suitcase Instagram account, you’ll already know that I’ve had quite a few Berlin city breaks over the past 18 months.  I’d like to think that this makes me an expert when it comes to things to do in Berlin during a weekend away.  With a flight time of less than 2 hours from the UK, Berlin is a great city to visit in Europe.  It’s also a place that is important to go to if you care about people and politics, as there are some

I have been lucky enough to visit Berlin 3 times now, and it’s all thanks to CHAMÄLEON Theater and their fantastic new circus performances and wonderful hospitality.  I was invited to see their latest show, Finale, last month and I was really excited to see what the new performance had to offer. My first visit to Berlin was to see Scotch & Soda, a wonderfully crazy performance from the Australian group, Company 2.  More recently, I saw a very different circus performance from the theatre called Parade.  It literally couldn’t

This year I have come to realise that Germany is a fantastic destination for family travel.  When I was given the opportunity to visit the country again to find out about the best things to do in Hamburg with kids, I knew I wanted to share it with Brook, my 3 year old daughter.  We left Daddy and Indie at home for the weekend, and we headed to the Holiday Inn Express at Stansted Airport to begin our Hamburg with kids adventure. I was really looking forward to sharing a new

On our final day in Hamburg my daughter and I headed across town from the Holiday Inn we were staying at to find Tierpark Hagenbeck (Hamburg Zoo).  We managed the bus and subway journey just fine, until an over helpful passerby tried to put us on the wrong S Ban. It was quickly resolved and we were soon heading in the right direction in time for our appointment with Sabina who was going to be giving us a guided tour that day. Despite being a cold November day, the weather

It was pretty grey and damp when we arrived in Hamburg, so I was really pleased that the first activity we had planned was a visit to Chocoversum in the heart of the city’s historic centre.  If you are looking for things to do when it’s raining in Hamburg, Chocoversum is a great place to put at the top of your list as it’s inside AND it’s all about chocolate.  Everyone loves chocolate now, don’t they? My 3 year old daughter and I joined an English speaking tour at Chocoversum which

When we found out that the Come To Hamburg project had arranged for us to stay at the Holiday Inn Hamburg for our visit to the city we were really excited.  We have been lucky enough to stay with Holiday Inn a few times now, and we were also staying with Holiday Inn Express at London Stansted as our airport hotel for this particular trip so it all fitted together really well. Arriving at Holiday Inn Hamburg The Holiday Inn Hamburg is situated just outside of Hamburg, but do not

I have been lucky enough to visit Berlin twice this year, and it’s a city that’s starting to feel very familiar to me.  If you are thinking about which city to visit in Europe I can definitely recommend Berlin for so many reasons. There’s lots of interesting historic and modern places of interest in Berlin that you can tick of your bucket list during a short visit.  For a city that has a very dark past, it’s come along way in terms of it’s culture and there are lots of

I left my house at 3am to make the 2 hour car journey to London Stansted Airport to catch my flight to Berlin that weekend.  The kids had both decided to visit me at 1am to rob me of the precious sleep I needed this particular night, so by the time I arrived in Berlin I was feeling a little dishevelled to say the least. I walked towards the Hotel Palace Berlin with everything crossed that my room would be ready and I would be able to check in.  I

It was an absolute delight to be invited back to Chamäleon Theatre in Berlin so soon after seeing the previous show, Scotch & Soda back in March. When I received the email asking me if I would like to see the latest show, PARADE, I knew I couldn’t turn it down.  I was so excited to see what was coming next from my contemporary circus friends in Berlin, and I was curious to see how they would top their previous show stopping efforts. Pre Theatre Visit To The TV Tower Before

Until recently Berlin hadn’t been a city I’d really thought about visiting.  I was lucky enough to be invited to the city by the Chamäleon Theatre, who were keen to showcase what Berlin had to offer as well as their latest show, Scotch and Soda.  My whirlwind tour of city definitely changed my opinion of Berlin as a city break destination.  It has a lot to offer from fabulous hotels to amazing restaurants and thats before you get to the many interesting sights, intriguing and dark history and progressive culture that has emerged

I was very excited about arriving in Berlin.  Not only were the next 24 hours going to be a lot of fun, but the hotel also looked like it was going to be pretty amazing too.  I was going to be staying at the 25Hours Hotel Bikini Berlin, and it already looked like one of those hotels that I wouldn’t want to leave. 25Hours Hotel Bikini Berlin Review First Impressions As I arrived, guests of the Hotel Bikini Berlin were enjoying a beer in the sunshine and I have to

The alarm was set, but the clocks were due to go back in the early hours.  I foolishly put my faith in my smart phone to update to the new time automatically, and wake me with enough time to get ready before leaving for the airport. The alarm went and low and behold, I was an hour late getting up.  I had to drive from Nottingham to Heathrow to be on the 9am flight to Berlin.  I was tired and flapping, not a particularly good combination before joining a press

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