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Discover the contrast between the modern and luxurious and the bohemian in one of the most exciting and outstanding cities of Europe. The vibrant capital of Germany attracts tourists with its interesting selection of museums, modern architecture, surprising festivals, thrilling nightlife, green areas, lakes, international shopping, and the historical site of the Berlin Wall. Absorb the metropolitan city life or sunbath on one of the beaches in this prominent city of world culture. Buy a piece of stone from the Berlin Wall and take a slice of history back home with you. Enter the contemporary and open-minded city of Berlin that is constantly reinventing itself. And, as the slogan of the city says, “Berlin ist eine Reise wert”, Berlin is worth a visit.
After 1989, with the fall of the Berlin wall, Germany’s largest city became a melting pot of innovation and original thinking, and the city recovered its historical, political and cultural position. The city, considered an international culture reference, was in 2006 recognized as Creative City by UNESCO.
With over 170 museums to visit, tourists have plenty of things to see in Berlin. Discover the Pergamon’s treasures of antiquity at the Museum Island and find out all you need to know about German history in the Deutsches (more...) Historisches Museum. In the interactive exhibition The Story of Berlin tourists can experience the development of the city from its beginnings to today in 23 themed rooms. The Altes Museum is the oldest museums in one of the most important examples of Neoclassicist architecture in Europe. You will find cubism, surrealism and German expressionism in The Neue Nationalgalerie Museum. Punk rocker fans can expect to see photos of Johnny Ramone and other band members, gig set lists, fliers and concert t-shirts in the Ramones Museum Berlin. Madame Tussaud is present in the city with a museum that shows wax figures of characters like Albert Einstein, Ludwig van Beethoven and Adolf Hitler.
A must-see is the historical wall that separated the East from the West. The longest part of the Berlin Wall, called the East Side Gallery, is considered a national monument since 1991. The 1,3 km long section contains approximately 106 paintings by international artists. Enjoy the magnificent view of Berlin from the 368 meter high Fernsehturm and try not to get dizzy in the rotating restaurant at the top of the TV tower.
Charlottenburg is recognized as Berlin’s premiere destination for antiquities and sight-seeing. Visit the stunning garden of the Charlottenburg Castle built in the baroque style in 1701. Have your picture taken with animals in the background in the Berlin Zoological Garden, the oldest Zoo in Germany, with almost 1 500 different species and around 16 000 animals. A different way of discovering the cruel history of Berlin is visiting The Hohenschoenhausen Prison, a secret Stasi prison that was used to house political prisoners from the end of World War II up to the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.
Shopping is great in Berlin, which has become an important center of specialized shops and products that are hard to find in other places. Approximately half the shops around Kurfürstendamm and the Tauentzienstraße are filled with clothes and fashion jewellery. You can find luxury item in Friedrichstrasse or acquire more economical items in one of the shopping centers like the Schönhauser Allee in the Schönhauser Allee Arcaden.
Germany is famous for its big variety of sausages and cheese, but also for other dishes like the Schweinebraten (roasted pork in gravy, served with boiled potatoes), Goulasch (fried beef and pork cubes stewed with onions and red or green pepper, served with boiled potatoes, mashed potatoes or noodles) or Wienerschnitzel (a thin veal fillet, covered in bread crumbs and fried, served with chips and salad). The Asian and Indian cuisine have, like the Italian, become very popular in Germany, and consequently the city offers a great selection of Asian, Indian and Italian restaurants.
Tiergarten is a large park in the heart of Berlin, a place to sit and relax for a while after shopping. In summer, get ready for a dip in the water at one of Berlin’s popular beaches. The Wannsee Beach is the largest inland beach in Europe, and surrounded by forest. Don’t be surprised to see people completely naked on the beach, as nudism is popular here. Clothes-free beaches are marked with the three letters FKK that stand for Freikörperkultur (“free body culture”).
Start sampling the famous night life of Berlin in one of the cocktail bars, lounges or after-work-clubs. Have your cocktails on top of a skyscraper, have a glass of red wine in a jazz cellar or finish the night in one of the trendy nightclubs; in the Berlin night life, there’s something for everyone.