Cheap flights to Berlin
Edgy, full of character, multi-faceted and compelling, Berlin is all these things and more.
Germany’s capital is a city apart, and one you won’t forget in a hurry. People talk about how the city has been a hub of political goings on and the epicentre of historical happenings for hundreds of years, and they’re not wrong. It’s been divided by the Iron Curtain, torn apart by the Second World War; it’s been at the forefront of innovations in technology, art, and music – the list goes on.
Come for the history, for the trendy art scene, for some hardcore clubbing, or just to relax and take in the sights: it’s all on offer here.
If you're in the mood for a swim, Stadtbad Neukölln is one of the city's most beautiful public swimming pool complexes. Built in 1914 in a neo-classiscal style, the building contains two pools, a sauna, massage rooms, and thermal bath. As it is a public pool, it can get quite crowded, so get there as early as possible (3 Ganghoferstrasse, berlinerbaeder.de).
Berlin's Natural History Museum is home to the largest mounted dinosaur in the world, as well as 30 million other zoological, paleontological, and mineralogical specimens. Also on display is the Berlin specimen of Archaeopteryx, once one of the world's most famous fossils for its demonstration of Darwin's link between reptiles and birds (Museum für Naturkunde, 43 Invalidenstrasse, naturkundemuseum-berlin.de/en).
Every Sunday the Mauerpark transforms into an enormous flea market, with vendors selling everything from vintage clothing to furniture. Afterwards, grab a currywurst at one of the many food stands or sign yourself up for the outdoor communal karaoke session in the "bearpit" across the field (63-64 Bernauer Strasse).
If you can't handle the January weather, the world's largest indoor beach is just an hour outside of Berlin. An enormous metal dome in the middle of the German countryside caters to 6,000 visitors a day and is open round the clock. A truly surreal experience, featuring a rainforest, a variety of tropical plants, and even wooden cabins for overnight stays (1 Tropical-Islands-Allee, tropical-islands.de).