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Tourists, talents, technology, and tolerance shape the rhythm of the city which is dynamic and welcoming, tolerant and trendy, diverse and creative. A US magazine called Berlin “the place to be” and encapsulated the thing that fascinates both Berliners and visitors. No other city has such a moving history, no other city has changed this fast – and reinvents itself constantly.
But exactly what is it that actually makes Berlin so attractive? It is the diversity, the contrasts and the sheer inexhaustible potential of this capital city to consistently fire the enthusiasm of its visitors from all over the world. People are excited by the mixture of history and Zeitgeist, the broad spectrum of art, culture, music, entertainment and shopping facilities.
On average, 500.000 guests visit Berlin each day. Half of them come to the German capital for a second or third time. And many who come as tourists think about moving here. Berlin has a magnetism over young, creative, well-trained, and productive people.
visitBerlin launched the app „Going Local Berlin,“ especially for those Berlin visitors who come to the city yet again. For the first time in an app, all twelve Berlin districts and their unique highlights are the focus. The free app offers visitors tips for orientating themselves in the city’s many diverse neighbourhoods, together with tips for discovering new aspects of Berlin. Initially, 60 neighbourhoods with more than 600 tips are presented. They were personally selected by visitBerlin staff and in cooperation with the districts themselves. In addition, the app offers a tour of each district that’s also available as a video and gives insight into the atmosphere and the highlights of that part of the city. The tips are organized into categories such as “Must See”, “Hidden Places” and “Eating and Drinking”. app.visitBerlin.com
The tourist guide also suggests that visitors get to know the city of Berlin off the beaten track. Introduced are the little-known sights of Berlin and insiders’ tips for each district as well as 12 fascinating walks, all waiting to be explored by visitors.
Even you can become a Berlin expert: just download the app on your smartphone. In September you get the brochure “Going Local” for free at the easyJet counter on your arrival in Berlin. Now you are well equipped for your visit in Berlin – impress your friends with your knowledge!
The annual Festival of Lights celebrates Berlin's most striking historical monuments and architecture as the days become ever shorter in October. Make sure you sign up for a Lightseeing tour, beginning every evening during the festival at 7pm and 9pm. Festival of Lights, 9 to 18 October, festival-of-lights.de/en.
The annual Botanical Night event takes place this year on 18 July from 6pm-2am. Visitors are invited to the historic botanical gardens to enjoy an evening of lights, music, food, and wine, and fireworks as they walk the 16km path through the historic, 19th-century gardens (6 Königin-Luise Strasse).
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This large art festival in the burgeoning and diverse neighbourhood of Neukölln features a wide array of performances and art exhibitions at various locations. Everyone is welcome, as the festival was founded in to bring this area of diverse people from different backgrounds, religions and world views together. Running from the 26 - 28 June, 2015.
After a long weekend in the various clubs and bars across Berlin, unwind at this stunning yet affordable spa and bathhouse. Complete with ambient coloured lighting and curated underwater beats, Liquidrom sets itself apart from anything you've experienced before. Float through its modern domed caverns before getting a salt peeling or moseying into a herb-infused sauna (10 Mockernstrasse, liquidrom-berlin.de).
Cinephiles will love the International Short Film Festival Berlin, happening from 10 to 15 November. Around 500 short films are on show, spanning categories including documentary, eco films and political shorts. For more information visit http://www.interfilm.de/en/festival2015/home.html.
For one warm summer night each year, Berlin's vast and dynamic landscape of museums invites visitors to explore up to 100 collections, archives, and memorials on the Long Night of Museums, with various shuttle buses to help you around town, in a refreshing evening ambience. Make the most of this year's event on 26 August. lange-nacht-der-museen.de
The Oberbaumbrücke, an iconic bridge that crosses East and West Kreuzberg, is taken over by artists and visitors for the Open Air Gallery event on 5 July. Artists young and old alike are invited to show their works, while a 120m canvas is laid out for everyone to paint on (43 Warschauer Strasse).
Considering the vast importance of music to Berlin's arts scene, Record Store Day, on 18 April, is full of action at participating shops across the city, with live performances, parties, and plenty of dancing. recordstoredaygermany.de
Hamburger Bahnhof is one of the most renowned and widely recommended art institutions in the capital. Stunning architecture aside, there is always a captivating rotation of important works on view in the wide halls within, from the museum collection as well as private collections. On view until May are a variety of important artists ranging from Joseph Beuys to Andy Warhol (50-51 Invalidenstrasse, hamburgerbahnhof.de).
The Berlinale international film festival is easily one of Berlin's most well-known and important events of the year. If you are lucky enough to be visiting in February, make sure you don't miss this vibrant celebration of film. At least 400 films show annually and the best of European cinema is highlighted. Check the website for the packed festival programme, released at the end of January (5-15 February). berlinale.de
Just an hour from the city, Bad Saarow is a quiet and natural getaway from the heat and bustle of summer in the city. Located on a large lake, Bad Saarow's main attraction, the famous Kurbad, is host to relaxing thermal spring waters, pools, and saunas within stunning Victoria-era architecture.
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The stunning, mid-century-era Philharmonie concert hall is home to the Berliner Philharmoniker. With its golden honeycomb facade, the building is almost as incredible as the sounds that you will hear inside it. Each Tuesday at 1pm there is a free concert for visitors, which makes it an even better place to hide from the cold and experience something magnificent (1 Herbert-von-Karajan-Strasse, berliner-philharmoniker.de).
Sternberg Press, the independent publishing house located on the former "Stalin Allee", is enclosed by a building and street that holds a complex and fascinating history. Walk down from Alexanderplatz and experience a street that feels more like Moscow than Berlin, taking a break in the little bookstore full of interesting art and theory books, and boasting a beautifully maintained interior (78 Karl-Marx-Allee, sternberg-press.com).
Berlin is notoriously flat (which is exactly what makes it so great for bicycling). Take a short trip up to Wedding and bundle up to wander through its winding pathways before climbing up the top of its WWII bunker to catch one of the best views of this historic sprawling city and surrounding countryside (Volkspark Humboldthain, Wiesenstrasse, berlin.de).
The famous Prussian Empire's Sansoucci Palace will come alive on 15 August, allowing you to catch of glimpse into the lavish Baroque lifestyle of Frederick the Great and his royal entourage. A vibrant way to encounter history, located just on the outskirts of Berlin. A series of musical performances, lectures, dance and theatre culminate in fireworks at midnight (Maulbeerallee, 14469 Potsdam, spsg.de).
The heritage town (and surrounding castles) of Potsdam are just outside of the city limits, offering a fascinating view into the old Prussian empire that Germany was once a part of. Check out its Amsterdam-like Dutch quarter, the old shopping district with good traditional German eats and boutiques, and Sanssouci Palace, which almost rivals the Palace of Versailles for "wow" factor.
The Berlin-Hohenschönhausen Memorial is not part of a deep and forgotten past: it was only 25 years ago when the wall came down and this Stasi prison became inactive as the German Democratic Republic (GDR) reunited with West Germany. Over the years thousands of political prisoners passed through this institute, where investigations, interrogations, and detentions were carried out. This is a must-see memorial to learn and engage with this complicated and important part of Germany's history (66 Genslerstrasse, stiftung-hsh.de).