Posted November 18, 2009 by Kate Hamman
Many people may shy away from taking a trip to European destinations like Berlin because of the expensive euro. However, the city is filled with plenty of ways to get your dollar's worth. You can save money on many of Berlin's top attractions with a visitor's card. Also, find upscale clothes at a discount shop and then save even more on the tax. And finally, stay in a designer four-star hotel for less than you'd spend in the states.
Berlin WelcomeCard: This handy-dandy welcome card may be the best deal in the town, but it also comes with a guide to the city. Each card has an integrated map offering insider tips, plus you'll save up to 50 percent at more than 130 attractions in the city. For instance, you'll get 25 percent off admission price at the Art Nouveau Bröhan Museum. You can also take advantage of free transportation. Cards start at €16.50 (about $24.60 U.S.; check with XE.com for current exchange rates) for 48 hours and €21.50 for 72 hours.
Designer Depot: This shop a great place to save up to 50 percent on designer clothes; some of the brand names you'll find in the shop include Calvin Klein, Dolce&Gabbana, and Gucci. Many stores in the city also participate in a tax-refund program, letting you get 19 percent back on VAT taxes if you spend more than $25. Just look for the Global Refund Tax Free Shopping sign and be sure to get a stamped form with your purchase.
Bleibtreu: With a name that means "remain faithful," this four-star hotel treats guests as a top priority. Located in the heart of Kurfürstendamm, Bleibtreu makes an ideal home base while visiting the city. The hotel features 60 rooms, each equipped with remote-control lighting, free mini bar, and high-speed Internet connection. The hotel offers several dining options, including an espresso bar with an outside terrace. Rooms start at €112 per night.
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