Germany is at the same time old and new, north and south, beautiful and ugly, trendy and classical – definitely interesting for all tastes and budgets! Even if for many people it’s not love at first sight, after a couple of days, you’re guaranteed to fall under its spell.
Berlin is the capital city of Germany and the largest city in the country with a population of 4.5 million within its metropolitan area.
Berlin is a bon vivant, passionately feasting on the smorgasbord of life, never taking things too seriously. The city is best known for its historical associations as the German capital, internationalism and tolerance, lively nightlife, its many cafés, clubs, bars, street art and numerous museums, palaces, and other sites of historic interest. There’s nothing static about Berlin: it’s unpredictable, unpretentious and irresistible.
This is a city that staged a revolution, was headquartered by Nazis, bombed to bits, divided in two and finally reunited – and that was just in the 20th century! Walk along remnants of the Berlin Wall, visit Checkpoint Charlie, marvel at the splendour of a Prussian palace or stand in the room where the Holocaust was planned. Berlin is like an endlessly fascinating 3D textbook where the past is very much present wherever you go.
The top experiences in Berlin are:
Definitely one of Berlin’s symbols, the former city gate survived many important events in the world history, including being isolated for a long time by the Berlin Wall. Today, the gate hosts many kinds of cultural events and is visited everyday by thousands of tourists.
The government headquarters is the place where lots of important decisions are made. The Parliament itself is also famous for its glass dome – designed by the famous architect Norman Foster.
It’s a proper island in the middle of the Spree River and is recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Both Berlin’s image and its history are connected to something that almost doesn’t exist anymore: the Wall. The East Side Gallery is its biggest remaining part, now decorated with world-famous graffiti.
There are more than 2,500 public parks and gardens in Berlin, and almost a fifth of the city is covered with trees. But even among all that green, Tiergarten stands out. With more than 200 hectares, it is the second largest urban garden in Germany – and it’s not just a park either; both inside and outside you can find many other interesting monuments, buildings and memorials.