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An arty, party-filled Euro capital

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.

All resorts in Berlin

Three tips for a top trip

Get on your bike Cycle lanes are wonderfully well-organised and traverse the entire city. Rides alongside the Landwehr Canal are a fun way to take in Berlin’s greener areas.
Slow things downBerlin is vast, and each of its neighbourhoods has its own attractions and appeal – so don’t try to cram in too much at once. Take each neighbourhood, such as Kreuzberg, Mitte or Charlottenberg, a day at a time.
Go round, all day longOpen-top bus tours are a great way to help you get your bearings, tick off some of the main sights and learn about the city’s history along the way.

Best attractions to see in Berlin

Bauhaus design

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.

Holocaust Memorial

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.

Your Berlin questions, answered

You never know. The legendary nightclub operates throughout the weekend, but has a restrictive door policy. Give it your best shot by dressing to impress and remaining nonchalant.

Berlin has an abundance of international and experimental modern food to choose from, but it would be a shame to miss trying its traditional wurst.

A crackdown on short-term holiday lets means you’re far better off staying at one of the city’s many, well-equipped hotels which you’ll find all over Berlin.