Berlin – an extraordinary city, where past, present and future come together. For over a century, it has been an epicentre for art, music and world politics. Rough and charming at the same time, Germany's capital has something to offer for everyone, thus making a visit extremely worthwhile. Discover places where modern history - whether fascinating or gloomy - has taken place. Visit the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, the Berlin Cathedral, the Reichstag and the former border crossing at Checkpoint Charlie. An elevator takes you to the top of the futuristic Berlin Television Tower, where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the city.
The remnants of the Berlin Wall, which once separated the socialist German Democratic Republic in the East from the capitalist Federal Republic of Germany in the West, are a reminder of the Soviet occupation. The longest preserved segment of the Berlin Wall shows more than 100 images by artists from all over the world!
If you love modern art, fascinating discoveries await you in some of Europe's most renowned museums as well as in the numerous private galleries scattered throughout the city. Equally fascinating is the street art in the unconventional Kreuzberg district!
The free lunch concert in the renowned Berlin Philharmonic or a performance at the world famous Deutsche Oper are to be recommended for lovers of classical music. If you still have some energy left, don't miss out on the opportunity to dive into Berlin's nightlife with its famous clubs like Berghain and Sisyphos, which are open for up to 72 hours at weekends. Don't forget to eat a doner kebab or a currywurst in between – you could certainly do with the extra bit of energy!
Our top tip:
Beauty hidden beneath a hard shell: the Neukölln district has long since transformed itself from a ghetto to a trendy, versatile and pulsating centre for creative people, hipsters and party-goers - while retaining its ghettoish flair. Take a walk through this district, and you will find a vast variety of galleries, junk shops and alternative pubs. Those 3 highlights belong to Neukölln's most beautiful sites.
- Klunkerkranich: By far the best rooftop bar in Berlin − surprising, green & great.
- Tempelhofer Feld: Former airport area meets the people of Neukölln - discover the wide range of possibilities on how to use this space!
- Körnerpark: A somewhat hidden, beautiful palace garden without a palace - here, the unexpected happens more often than you think.
In Berlin from A to B
A large urban area and many exciting districts - the question of how to get from A to B in Berlin is particularly interesting:
- In addition to the S-Bahn, the transport in Berlin is operated by the BVG, whose underground trains, buses, trams and ferries take you to the most remote corners of the city day and night. Tickets are available for zones A, B and C: zone A corresponds to Berlin’s inner city, B to the outer city districts and C to the greater Berlin area. Visitors can take advantage of a CityTourCard or WelcomeCard, which also include a discount or free admission to many Berlin attractions.
- To move around on foot in Berlin’s large urban area may not be the best idea, but cyclists can certainly enjoy the city! More and more bicycle lanes on the streets, many beautiful bicycle routes along green areas and the rivers and the city of Berlin itself are worth the pedaling.
- Extra tip: You want to take a bus tour to Berlin's most important sights, but you only want to pay the local transport fare, you should remember the number 100 - this line runs (as a double-decker and therefore with a great view) along most of the attractions of the city center!
- If you want to see more of the city than Brandenburg Gate and Potsdamer Platz, consider renting a car. Usually, there aren't too many traffic jams, but looking for a parking space can be exhausting. Due to the long distances in Berlin, taking a taxi more than once in a while can become expensive!