Discover the German capital
There is no denying it – Berlin is the coolest city to visit at the moment. World-class culinary offerings, the best clubs and other nightlife options, an impressive history that you can learn more about on almost every street corner, unprecedented cultural institutions and a special international flair that simply needs to be experienced to be truly felt.
TEXT: NANE STEINHOFF | MAIN PHOTO: CHRISTMAS LIGHTS IN CHARLOTTENBURG. © DAGMAR SCHWELLE, VISITBERLIN
No matter the season, if you visit Berlin, there will be plenty to do and see. The essential sights that should not be left out are, of course, the Reichstag, which houses the German parliament, the Tiergarten park, the remains of the Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie and the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. But apart from these well-known sights, there is so much more to see and explore.
Hackescher Markt shopping area. Photo © Wolfgang Scholvien, visitberlin
For example, why not take a boat through Berlin? It is a comfortable alternative to walking through the city and the River Spree offers you a different perspective on this once-divided city. Or, if you want to do something really special, rent a kayak, instead, and go on your own DIY sightseeing tour. In summer, special highlights are the many cool bathing lakes and in winter, do not miss out on the large offering of world-famous Christmas markets. A spectacle not to be missed is the Mauerpark Sunday flea market. Here, you can find everything from local designer clothes to vintage nik-naks and antiquities. Besides the flea market, it is also the location for some popular weekly outdoor singing sessions.
Berlin’s different districts are themselves well worth a visit. For example, head to the alternative Friedrichshain district for flea markets, cool cafes and trendy bars and clubs. If you are looking for a calmer atmosphere, head to Prenzlauer Berg – popular with young families due to the large amount of children’s shops, playgrounds and kid-friendly cafes. If you want to explore some nearby nature, check out Potsdam, with its many beautiful lakes.
There is sure to be something for everyone in Berlin. It is a fascinating city that simply needs to be visited at least once in one’s lifetime.
The Bite Club. Photo © Dagmar Schwelle, visitberlin
Berlin has a lot to offer – for first-time visitors, the sheer abundance of things to do and see might be overwhelming. Therefore, we have handpicked some of the city’s highlights in the following special theme.