With iconic sights, quirky bars and more than enough history to keep you captivated, it’s not surprising that Berlin is a popular city break favourite. Cutting-edge architecture, delicious food and spirited culture are just a few strings to Berlin’s bow, offering plenty for tourists to enjoy in the German capital. That’s not forgetting its excellent nightlife too – whether you’re visiting off-the-wall bars or bustling clubs to take you through till dawn, Berlin is undoubtedly one of Europe’s hottest party spots.
Meanwhile, if you’re looking to uncover something a little different, Berlin is the city to do it in. Immerse yourself in its contemporary art scene, visit Germany’s oldest zoo or take in the spectacular sights of what remains of the Berlin Wall. With reminders everywhere of the city’s turbulent past, Berlin makes for a particularly interesting getaway. And if you're visiting in winter, don't forget to check out the Berlin Christmas market.
Situated in the centre of Berlin, the Mitte district is home to the city’s most famous landmarks and monuments. As well as the iconic Reichstag building, this area is also home to museum island, a collection of Berlin’s most fascinating museums.
Known for its ancient citadel, this part of the city is jam-packed with stunning architecture. A haven from the hustle and bustle of the city centre, you’ll also come across a wealth of green countryside featuring meadows, forests and fields. That’s not to say there isn’t plenty to do here – quite the opposite; you’ll find a number of modern shops, restaurants and attractions to enjoy.
Home to the stunning Charlottenburg Palace, there are a number of museums to enjoy in this district. It is also one of the most beautiful areas in the city, with charming baroque gardens offering an ideal place to relax. Alternatively, enjoy a visit to the Olympic Stadium or head to the Waldbuhne - an enchanting backdrop for open-air musical concerts.
Experience the East Side Gallery
While Berlin is a city known for its art, nothing comes close to the evocative artwork found in what is now known as the East Side Gallery. Created after the fall of the Berlin wall by numerous artists, there are over 100 paintings to discover, offering visitors a real glimpse of history.
Visit the Brandenburger Tor
One of Germany’s most visited attractions, the Brandenburger Tor is an icon of the city of Berlin. A reminder of the Cold War as well as symbol for peace, this ancient piece of architecture is worth visiting if only for its spectacular exterior. Visit by night and you’ll be treated to a particularly stunning sight.
Go to Checkpoint Charlie
Checkpoint Charlie is likely to be top of your list on your visit to Berlin, as one of the most historical settings in the city. The best-known border between East and West Berlin, this crossing point became a symbol of the Cold War and has been featured in a number of spy films and books.
Go cycling around the city
Berlin might be large, but it’s easily travelled. If you don’t fancy exploring the city on foot, the next best thing is to enjoy the sights from the comfort of a bicycle. You’ll find a number of bike rental places in and around the city, with plenty of cycling routes taking you past some of Berlin’s most iconic attractions – from Potsdamer Platz to the Holocaust Memorial.
Sightseeing in Berlin
With so much history to discover, it’s no surprise that Berlin is favoured by tourists when it comes to sightseeing. It's wartime history can be delved into at many of its attractions, from the site of the Berlin wall to the Topography of Terror.
When it comes to architecture, there’s more than enough beauty to be found in the city too. The Gendarmenmarkt is one of the most stunning squares in Berlin, home to a glorious concert house as well as a number of ancient monuments and sculptures. Nearby is the grand Berlin Cathedral, complete with magnificent dome, dating back to the 19th century.
Buildings in Berlin don’t get better than the Reichstag. Located in the city centre, just on the outskirts of the Großer Tiergarten, Berlin’s oldest park. This one-time Parliament building was built for the Imperial Diet of the German Empire. Opened in 1894, it’s a piece of the city’s heritage to hit the top of your to-see list. It’s Neo-Renaissance in design and sports a striking glass dome on top. After exploring during the day, head back at night. The build is beyond beautiful when lit up under a dark evening’s sky.
Heading further west, just to the east of the Havel, you’ll find the Grunewald forest. Spanning an impressive 3,000 hectares, it’s the largest area of greenery in the city. Once a bolthole for the cities rich, it’s now a must-see space suitable for all kinds of interests. So hop on the Berlin S-Bahn train (line S7) to land yourself right at the opening of the forest. From here, explore the radio tower Funkturm Berlin and stop by the Messe Berlin trade show on the northern side, or head to the Schlachtensee, Krumme Lanke, Grunewaldsee and Hundekehleseelakes lakes on the western borders.
Prenzlauer Bergōs Mauerpark
Who doesn’t love to take in all kinds of culture and atmosphere at a local flea market? When you’re feeling thrifty, take yourself down to the Mauerpark flea market which is held every Sunday in Prenzlauer Berg. It’s the ultimate way to experience the real Berlin. With it’s unique atmosphere of part chaotic, part laid-back buzz, you’ll soon find your feet and be ready to explore. Because the flea market isn’t all that’s on offer. When you head to the park, you’ll find the path that follows where the Berlin wall once was, as well as musicians and street performances. As you move up the hill, you’ll also spot street art and fun rides that all contribute to the ultimate (and authentic) cultural experience the city has to offer.
Cuisine in Berlin
This German capital isn’t just famous for the currywurst. A trip to Berlin will introduce to a heady mix of great international restaurants, local flavours and food served with a traditional twist. The city produces arguably some of the best burgers in the area, with many fast food chains selling tasty snacks to power you through your sightseeing sessions. Similarly, restaurants in Berlin are likely to serve steak – perfect for a hearty meal.
If you’ve got a sweet-tooth, it’s well worth taking advantage of the city’s excellent pastry and dessert offerings. Doughnuts are a favourite among locals, especially dusted with sugar or piled high with icing. Either way, make sure you try them.
Restaurants in Berlin
You won’t be short of places to eat in Berlin, whether you fancy trying tasty international dishes or something more local. There’s also an eatery for every price point, with cafés serving up currywurst for a small price.
We recommend heading to one of the city’s favoured burger bars, - a favourite pastime among locals. While often to be found bright and brash, it’s unlikely you’ll experience a burger like it. Linger over a beer or a slice of homemade cheesecake before heading to some of the city’s favourite nightclub spots.
Whether you’re wanting to delve deep into its fascinating history, or make the most of its famed nightlife, Berlin should be next on your travel to-do list. From its cutting-edge culture to its alluring architecture. Visit iconic attractions, hop on a bike tour or experience stunning street art – you’ll long to return to this vibrant city.
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