- A trendy capital, testifying to history in the making
- Numerous hotels for seminars suiting all budgets
- Located far East, yet easy to reach
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Off to Berlin for your next group trip! Today, the German capital ranks among the most popular tourist destinations. Affordable and dynamic, Berlin offers a range of hotels for groups of all sizes; it also has great infrastructure.
A first-class spot for tourists, Berlin is also renowned for its events and trade fairs organized for both businesses and associations; the city ranks 4th worldwide for the organization of associations' congresses. For all the reasons listed below, Berlin is a winning choice for your group trip.
Flying to Berlin, easy as pie!
Located in the far North-East of Germany, Berlin is quite far from France- 760 km away from Strasburg and over 1000 km from Paris, and even more if you live farther South or West. Therefore the best solution is to fly to Berlin, event though you still can take the train or drive there.
Berlin is served by
two international airports. Tegel lies in the North-East and Schönefeld is
farther South. A brand new airport is under construction, but is currently
suffering many delays. From Tegel, it takes just 20 to 40 minutes to reach the
city centre by bus, depending whether you wish to get to the Western or Eastern
part of the city. From Schönefeld however, it is more convenient to take the
train, with either express shuttles (20-30 min) or regional trains (30-45 mins). The
traditional airlines providing most flights to Berlin are Air France and
Lufthansa; the low cost companies are Easyjet and Air Berlin. However, according
to your airport of origin, some of these companies may not offer direct flights.
Taking the train to Berlin is possible, yet more time-consuming. As there is no direct line from France, you will have to change trains. From Paris, take the Thalys (SNCF) train to Düsseldorf or Köln, then continue with a Deutsche Bahn train.
Berlin is well-served by the free, high-quality German highways, so driving to Berlin remains an option. Obviously, that budget choice will take you much more traveling time and may require two steps if you come from the South of France. You may also hop on one of the Eurolines buses to Berlin.
Hotels of all standards for all kinds of groups
With over 3 million inhabitants, Berlin is the largest German city and is much more widespread than Paris. Despite the fall of the Wall and the relentless efforts to even out the differences between Western and Eastern Germany, strong contrasts remain. For instance, on average rents are globally 31% lower than in Paris ; however costs greatly vary from one district to another.
Mitte is the historic heart of the city and harbors the Museums' Island with the Pergamon, the iconic Brandenburger Tor and political institutions like the Parliament. In the North, Prenzlauerberg is a small village-like area. The popular Kreuzerg district is always hectic. Friedrichshain and the Alexanderplatz are located in the Eastern part and epitomize the "people's democracy" architecture, with its large avenues and huge raw buildings. As for the Western part, Charlottenburg it the poshest district; it had become the city centre after the collapse of the Berlin Wall. The huge Tiergarten Park lies between Charlottenburg and Mitte; its district harbors several museums and a vast business centre, the famous Potsdamer Platz.
The business events and trade fairs are set in two "Messe" business centers, one near Schönefeld airport and the other in the Western part of Berlin. Groupcorner has selected hotels suiting all kinds of groups in Berlin- whether it is a business group, a school group, a sports club, or an association. Here are 3 examples:
The 4 star Hollywood Media Hotel sits on Kurfürstendamm, the largest shopping avenue in Western Berlin. With its interior design inspired by movies and its privileged location in this posh area, it aways appeals to its hosts who can enjoy its fitness centre and its restaurant.
The Generator Hostel Berlin Mitte is located right in the heart of Berlin Mitte, a few minutes' walk from the Museums' Island and the Brandenburger Tor. It offers free Wi-Fi and reasonable prices in order to please both school groups and people with small budgets!
Located in the business center of the city, the 4 star Scandic Berlin Potsdamer Platz offers over 500 rooms. Its 16 conference rooms with Scandinavian design can welcome up to 530 in conference format. That makes it a perfect fit for company residential seminars!
What's on in Berlin?
Whether you come to Berlin with your pupils, your association, your colleagues or your sports team, you will find it easy to get busy. Indeed, this vast city teems with monuments, museums and original shops. Feel the unique atmosphere of each district! School groups can witness the XXth century history at every corner, while business groups value the numerous trade fairs and team building sessions. Just take your pick!
Discovering a city that is one of a kind!
Berlin is not like other European capitals that are built around their historical centre displaying ancient monuments. It is modern, eclectic and sometimes rebuilt in haste. In spite of such historical testimonies as the Reichstag, the Brandenburger Tor or the cathedral, this city does not stand out as the most beautiful in Europe. However it is an open-minded, wild place where you can observe such diverse architectural objects as raw soviet buildings, top-notch business centers or former industrial sites transformed into cultural and festive areas. Berlin's craziness makes it fascinating!
School groups: an excellent destination for the history and the language
Berlin obviously displays many traces of the recent past. The former capital of the IIIrd Reich is a memory landmark for World War II, even though it was utterly destroyed at the end of the conflict. During the Cold War, Berlin wad divided and you can still see what the two different worlds were like; many sights testify to this. Besides traveling to Berlin represents a great opportunity for pupils to practice their German.
Trade fairs and unique team building sessions for companies
Berlin also has everything that companies want. Business groups can attend some of the numerous trade fairs organized all year long- either as exhibitors or as visitors. Messe Berlin ranks among the top ten business centers worldwide in terms of turnover! Berlin is a first class choice for trade fairs. Companies can also set up original team building sessions, such as racing on a circuit or visiting old bunkers. For more information about the main business events, check our dedicated page!
That was just a glimpse of all that you can do in Berlin with your group- not to mention the varied culture and sports events taking place all year, or the discovery of its food delicacies like "Currywurst" and white beer. The capital city has so much to offer at reasonable prices, and has hotels for all budgets. However, keeping within your spending limits requires a professional eye on hotels rates. Groupcorner makes your request easier: just send us an express quote request and we will find the hotels matching your needs so that you get the best deals! And remember, this service is totally free of charge.