Berlin is by no means an unknown place for the frequent traveler. With only 3.5 million inhabitants, its big, but its true greatness and importance reveal itself once you experience it. Over 15 million people visit the city every year (and most probably love it!). But the key to experiencing Berlin is being yourself. You don´t need to follow the crowds.
Lead your own way and no matter who you are, the city will provide what you’re looking for.
With over 170 museums, tens of thousands of restaurants and bars, 3 opera houses and countless other cultural venues it might look overwhelming at first glance. But give it a try. Berlin is divided into 12 boroughs, and they couldn’t be more different from each other.
The up-and-coming multicultural suburb of Kreuzberg used to have a bad reputation in the 1990s, but artists, environmentalists, and creatives took over and revived it.
On any evening you can stroll along one of the canals in Berlin, the Landwehrkanal, enjoying a cold beverage sold on any corner and experience the parks, cosmopolitan variety of restaurants and bars open to everyone. (Try a cold Radler or a Club Mate if you want to do it real Berlin style.)
Berliners were divided physically by the Berlin Wall between 1961 and 1989, but today most of it is either gone or transformed. The city transformed a once deadly barrier into a canvas for political art, graffiti and a manifestation of creativity, openness, and freedom. Well worth a visit. Best reached from the Ostbahnhof, one of Berlin´s largest train stations.
The nightlife and party scene is world-famous, and really any night of the week in Berlin has the potential to make you feel like it´s a Saturday night. But the party isn’t everything.
The historical importance of Berlin goes beyond the terrors spread across Europe and the world during World War II. As the capital city of the Kingdom of Prussia, the German Empire, the Weimar Republic, the Third Reich and divided between East and West during the Cold War, it´s impossible to avoid experiencing history. Memorials can be found almost everywhere in Berlin, but the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe truly stands out. You will find it within walking distance from the arguably most important political building in Germany – the Reichstag and Berlin´s most famous tourist sight, the Brandenburg Gate. The memorial consists of 2711 concrete blocks forming a unique maze-like pattern. A modern interpretation of something that shall never be forgotten.
Another known landmark is the TV tower on Alexanderplatz. Built in East Berlin in 1969, it is higher than the Eiffel Tower in Paris and with 368 meters of elevation also Germany´s highest building. Fun-fact: If the sun shines directly onto the glass sphere, the reflecting light makes a sign of the cross. Something that the Socialists didn’t do on purpose and certainly wouldn’t have if they thought about it beforehand.
Berlin has something to offer for everyone. Take a lead in deciding what you´re interested in, and you´ll be surprised how this city will deliver. We could keep on talking about it, let´s walk it instead!