Since the fall of the Berlin Wall in the late 1980s, the city’s status as a countercultural hub has boomed, with creatives and artists thriving in this liberal metropolis. Most Berlin holidays involve a dive into the German capital’s history, and events of post-1930s Germany – which are handled sensitively at a series of museums, and the poignant Holocaust Memorial. But Berlin also provides plenty of opportunities to get stuck in with the sort of thrills and collective joy that come from a city dedicated to progressive fun. This sense of fun runs deep in neighbourhoods like Kreuzberg and Wedding, which are filled with currywurst outlets, walls plastered with street art, and cool brunch spots.
Berlin is renowned as a clubber’s paradise, with plenty of all-night bars and dance clubs where DJs spin just about every genre of dance music from funky house to techno. A progressive LGBTQ+ scene can be found across the city, too. If you don’t fancy partying, holidays to Berlin are still a great choice. Out in the west you’ll find Berlin’s glossier side, with luxurious shopping and dining opportunities. You can join a cycling tour of the city, take a stroll to hilltop Viktoriapark or hop between five museums at the aptly-named Museum Island. Whatever you want from a holiday, be it art, culture or simply to party until dawn, you’ll find it in Berlin.
The Bauhaus Archive is a sleekly designed tribute to the Weimar-era pioneers of modern design, and hosts temporary exhibits alongside a history of the Bauhaus School and its philosophies.
Six million Jews perished in World War II and, the imposing concrete slabs of the Holocaust Memorial and its information centre document their persecution and extermination. Other memorials are also located nearby.
The Berlin Wall
Check out the remains of the historic wall out in the east of the city, far from the crowds at Checkpoint Charlie, where new graffiti still emerges today.