After years of division, Berlin has re-emerged as one of Europe’s edgiest cities, becoming an exciting mix of grit, glamour, culture and history. The city offers over 150 museums and galleries that cover subjects as diverse as old-master paintings, contemporary art, Bauhaus design and architecture, ancient Egypt, technology and of course, Berlin’s history.
Berlin also offers a wealth of architecture, old and new. Berliner Dom, the cities towering neo-Renaissance cathedral has to be admired inside and out. The beautiful ”temple of light and glass” Neue Nationalgalerie, famously designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, also contains some of the highlights of modern 20th century art.
If shopping is your thing, the city is awash with small boutiques and you really can ‘shop ‘til you drop’ along the extensive Kurfürstendamm. From vintage bargains to designer brands and everything in-between, it’s all here.
Berlin has a vibrant nightlife, with hundreds of stylish bars and restaurants varying from authentic German cuisine to the ultimate cool hangout. The cities buzzing nightclubs are second to none, attracting clubbers from all over Europe.
Brandenburg Gate & The Reichstag – an imposing site, two of Berlin’s most recognisable symbols.
The Museum Island – an art lover’s paradise.
Schloss Charlottenburg – a fine example of Prussia era architecture.
Checkpoint Charlie – has a super little museum detailing the escape methods tried to get from East to West.
The Berlin Wall East Side Gallery – artists from all over the world have painted this colourful memorial to freedom.
Berlin is a fascinating city, with something for everyone.