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The Brandenburg Gate is Berlin’s most famous landmark

The Gendarmenmarkt - site of the Konzerthaus and the French and German Cathedrals

Museum Island is complex of five internationally significant museums

With a height of 368 metres, the Television Tower dominates the Berlin skyline

The Bear is the Berlin emblem

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Berlin—where east and west bump into each other

 

Berlin is a bubbling, pulsating and effusive city. Situated in the centre of Europe and setting of important historical events, Berlin has a long tradition of attracting visitors from all over the world.

Many of the Berlin landmarks, such as the Reichstag, the Victory Column and Sony Center are to be found around the Brandenburg Gate. This most famous Berlin sight, which was impassable for 28 years while the city was separated by the Berlin Wall, bears witness to important historical events. Reminders of the Wall are still evident, e.g. the noted border crossing called Checkpoint Charlie.

Berlin is also a stronghold for culture and art. With over 200 museums, you have an incredible selection of exhibitions to choose from all year round. A must-see would definitely be the Museum Island, which accommodates one of the world’s most distinguished archaeological and art collections that cover 6,000 years of European, African and Asian History. Also the much visited Jewish Museum, built by the renowned architect Daniel Liebeskind, accommodates a remarkable exhibition that elucidates on Germany’s darkest chapter in history. Other recommended museums are the Bauhaus Archive, themed collections at the Martin-Gropius-Bau and the New National Gallery.

There are a few districts that are perfect for plunging into big city life and getting lost in shopping marathons. For instance, the Alexanderplatz square with the television tower and the Kurfürstendamm street (Ku’damm) with its electrifying mixture of charming boutiques, big-name flagship stores, numerous restaurants, bars and theatres will keep you busy for days. The Potsdam Square with its impressive Sony Center was once the heart of Berlin’s Roaring Twenties. Today impressive modern architecture, big shopping arcades and the Berlinale Film Festival make this area to be a popular destination. If you like it a bit quieter and just want to stroll around, the up-to-date and urban quarter of Prenzlauer Berg is your place to be. Here, you find hip and stylish shops, vintage boutiques, galleries, parks and cafés. Also the traditional courtyards of the Hackeschen Höfe in Midtown Berlin reveal the unbeaten charm of the hip Berlin way of life.

To escape all this business and hustle of urban life, Berlin offers around 200 km of waterside paths and thirteen lakes in the middle of the city and in the suburban areas. So when your feet hurt from walking around, just get on a cruise boat and continue exploring Berlin from the water while enjoying the traditional beer called Berliner Weisse.

Berlin offers an endless variety of things to do and see. Whether you are into art, architecture, shopping, trend spotting or sightseeing, you find it all here. So make sure you have some time to explore this metropolis because Berlin is no good for a short trip.