Berlin is the largest city and capitol of Germany which gives it great economic, cultural and historical value. Divided into six districts, Berlin has something unique to offer in every part. With a rich history, Berlin has many landmarks and sites that are famous throughout the world. Despite its old history, Berlin is a city of young people who populate the bars and clubs and are a huge part of the city politically and culturally. So grab a German handbook and prepare to explore the city — it’s going to take some planning to hit every site!
Grab a German bratwurst with ketchup and curry powder and get ready to be amazed by how much Berlin has to offer. In former East Berlin, Mitte is a rising Berlin central district. Must-see sites include the Berlin Wall Memorial, Pergamon Museum on Museumsinsel, and Brandenburg Gate. For WWII buffs, both North and East Berlin are important as former Soviet bases. City West is the home of the Olympic Statium, Charlottenburg Palace, Tiergarten, and is best place for shopping. To access the club and bar scene, East Central is the best place to go. Whichever district you are going to or coming from, make sure to get a map of both the city and the public transportation system.
Mitte and Berlin West are popular places to find an accommodation in Berlin. Berlin apartments are an excellent rental option to offset the tourist feel of many of the sites you will visit. As with most major cities with so much to see and do, it's best to figure out first where you want to go and then find an apartment that is central to all the great places you'd like to see.
Whether you’re visiting for the historical architecture, outdoor markets, or arts scene, there’s something for everyone in Berlin. Imagine walking through the oldest park in Berlin or getting a panoramic view of the city below. The city’s neighborhoods make it easy to do both. Take a stroll through these three neighborhoods and you’re sure to get a taste of the many unique parts of this city.
Street art takes over this neighborhood, so if you’re looking for a place to walk while enjoying the sights, head to Friedrichshain. Entire buildings are painted head to toe by incredible street artists who view the neighborhood as their canvas. Art isn’t the only thing here, though. Outdoor markets bring the community to life, and you can find everything from local art and paintings to handbags and clothing. The Volkspark Friedrichshain is a place where you can go and take a quiet break from all the energy and noise of the city. It is the oldest public park in Berlin. Take a stroll through the park and check out its many monuments including a Spanish Civil War monument, The Peace Bell (a gift from Japan) and an open air theater. Perhaps the most iconic attraction in Berlin is the Berlin Canvas, and in Friedrichshain, you’ll be just a 25-minute walk from it. This 1.3 km strip of the original Berlin Wall has been re-painted by international artists with colorful, humorous, and insightful art. The Frankfurter Allee, one of the oldest roads in all of Berlin, boasts numerous cafes, shops, and restaurants. Matrix Club Berlin is one of the premier nightclubs in the city, and it just so happens to be in Friedrichshain. For a fun night out, head there and enjoy dancing under the vaulted brick ceilings.
If Berlin’s oldest park isn’t your thing, try going to Berlin’s biggest park and Germany’s 3rd largest, The Tiergarten. Located in the Tiergarten neighborhood, this park is home to the Zoological Garden, the oldest and best known zoo in Germany. The park also houses a café, a small lake with water taxis for hire, ice skating in the winter, and a restaurant and beer garden. Pack a picnic and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature here. The Reichstag Parliament Building is one of Berlin, and Germany’s, most popular destinations. Although it’s simply a government building, the top floor of it boasts a glass dome where visitors will be treated to a panoramic view of the city. The Berlin Holocaust Museum is also located in the Tiergarten neighborhood, a reminder of Germany’s darker past. The Haus der Kulturen der Welt, or the “House od the World’s Cultures” is another site to visit in Tiergarten. Here, you’ll explore a museum that celebrates international contemporary art and culture. You’ll have a full schedule of places to visit during your time in Tiergarten.
A friendly environment for the LGBTQ community in Berlin and visitors to the city, Schoneberg is also hip place for travelers to visit. Outdoor markets offer tourists a place to stroll and shop, while antique and vintage thrift stores provide a warmer place for customers to continue their shopping. The Flohmarkt Schoneberg offers over 70 stalls with second hand gems, vintage fashion clothing, and much more. Its proximity to the town hall makes it a convenient place to start your day on the town. But if you’re looking for the mecca of all shopping, head to KaDeWe, the largest department stores in continental Europe. It was destroyed by WWII bombings, but was reconstructed in the 1950s and is now attracting 50,000+ visitors per day. The Memorial to Homosexual Holocaust Victims is another feature of this neighborhood. The pink triangle commemorative plaque is the same symbol that the Nazi’s branded homosexuals with during their time in concentration camps. Every July, the MotzstraBenfest is held. This huge, outdoor LGBTQ festival gathers people from all over Germany to celebrate the gay and lesbian community. Live music, thoughtful discussions, and plenty of dancing contributes to the fun at this annual event. Don’t forget to eat and drink while in Schoneberg. Head to Tom’s Bar for drinks with the locals and Martha’s for dinner in a chic atmosphere.
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