There is nowhere in the world where the past, present and future are so closely intertwined as in Berlin, the epicentre of art, music and world politics for over a century. Rough and charming at the same time, Germany's capital offers something for every preference, which makes a visit highly worthwhile. Discover places where modern history - whether fascinating or gloomy - has taken place. Visit the monument to the murdered Jews of Europe, the Berlin Cathedral, the Reichstag and the former border crossing Checkpoint Charlie. In the elevator ride up the futuristic television tower, you can also enjoy a spectacular view of the city.
Trances of the Soviet occupation can be found in the remains of the Berlin Wall, which once separated the socialist East Germany from the capitalist West. On the largest section, you can admire over 100 paintings by artists from all around the world!
If you love modern art, fascinating discoveries await you, both in some of Europe's most renowned museums and in the numerous private galleries scattered throughout the city. Equally fascinating is street art in the unconventional Kreuzberg district!
For lovers of classical music, a free lunch concert in the renowned Berlin Philharmonic or a performance by the world-famous Deutsche Oper is recommended. If you still have energy, don't miss Berlin's notorious party culture - with its famous clubs like Berghain and Sisyphos, which are open up to 72 hours every weekend. Don't forget to eat a kebab or a currywurst in between, you can certainly use the extra energy!
Our top tip:
Beauties hidden under a hard shell: Berlin-Neukölln has long since transformed its image from a ghetto to a trendy, versatile and pulsating centre for creative people, hipsters and party-goers - while retaining its ghettoish flair. A detour into the neighbourhood, where galleries, junk shops and alternative pubs border directly on each other, is always worthwhile its time; those who visit these 3 highlights also know Neukölln's most beautiful sides
- Klunkerkranich: By far the best rooftop bar in Berlin, surprising, green & great.
- Tempelhofer Feld: Former airport site meets the inhabitants of Neukölln - discover the great variety of ideas how to use this vast amount of 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 public transport in Berlin is operated by the BVG, which takes you day and night to the most remote corners of the city with underground trains, buses, regional trains and ferries. Tickets are available for areas A, B and C, where A corresponds to Berlin city centre, B to the outskirts and C to the surrounding area. For tourists we recommend a CityTourCard or WelcomeCard, which also includes admission to various Berlin attractions.
- You can hardly get beyond your own neighborhood on foot in Berlin, 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 much more Berlin as a whole are worth the pedalling.
- Extra tip: If you want to take a bus tour to Berlin's most important sights, but only want to pay the local transport fare for it, you should remember the 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, a rental car can be worth it. There aren't usually too many traffic jams, but looking for a parking space can be exhausting. To take a taxi more than once in a while in Berlin can get expensive, due to the often long distances!