As the vibrant capital of Germany, Berlin is an energetic hub offering both traditional charm and modern sophistication.
Collect the keys to your rental car at Berlin Brandenburg Airport and explore this gritty city and eastern Germany at your leisure.
Berlin is an easy 40-minute drive from Berlin Brandenburg Airport. There’s so much to see and do in Germany’s eclectic capital, you’ll certainly never be bored. From seeing the remains of the Berlin Wall to sampling the buzzing nightlife, this unpretentious city offers a wealth of historic and modern attractions.
The entire city is a visual feast of architecture, with numerous palaces and monuments vying for your attention. Top of your list should be Charlottenburg Palace, also referred to as the Old Palace. This stunning structure – originally built as a summer residence for Sophie Charlotte, the first queen of Prussia – is one of Berlin’s most famous landmarks.
The city also boasts a plethora of museums to choose from, offering both traditional and cutting-edge exhibition styles. If you have older children to entertain, the DDR Museum is worth a look. With a combination of futuristic technology, unique artefacts and interactive exhibits, it offers visitors the chance to learn about German life over the centuries.
For traditionalists, Alte Nationalgalerie (the Old National Gallery), is definitely one to add to your itinerary. Expect to see some of the finest paintings and sculptures of the 18th and 19th century here, including works by Renoir, Monet and Rodin.
Your evening dining and entertainment options are countless. Outside of the main tourist areas, the suburb of Pankow offers a vibrant cultural scene, plus a host of trendy bars, restaurants and nightclubs.
Enjoy all that Berlin and eastern Germany has to offer from the comfort of your hire car.
Eastern Germany is a fascinating part of the world blessed with stunning scenery, sparkling lakes and cosmopolitan cities. From the historic monuments of Berlin to the lakes of Templin, its characterised by a perfect blend of rural and urban life.
Drive for 45 minutes from Berlin Schöenefeld Airport and you’ll arrive in Bad Saarow, a tranquil spa town settled on the banks of Scharmützel Lake. The town is renowned for its mineral-rich mud and hot springs, which are said to have healing properties. It’s also a popular area for cyclists and hikers, because of Dubrower Berge – a pretty area of wooded hills nearby.
Under a two-hour drive from Schöenefeld Airport is Dresden. This culturally rich city has plenty to see. Head to one of its main attractions, the Semperoper – an impressive opera house hosting world-class performances throughout the year. Another top attraction is the Zwinger – a magnificent Baroque palace with beautiful grounds. After a day seeing the sights, take a relaxing stroll along the river Elbe.
Step back in time and savour a taste of old Germany in Templin, where thermal baths, delightful buildings and spectacular scenery await. The area is surrounded by lakes (Fahrsee and Templiner are the two largest) and lush forests, so pop a picnic in the boot of your rental and make a day of it. This scenic destination is just a 90-minute drive from Berlin.
Reserve your Avis hire car at Berlin Brandenburg Airport and tour Berlin and eastern Germany in comfort.