Berlin is one of the most vibrant cities in Europe. Rich in culture with a 24-hour nightlife it offers plenty to fill your days and nights. To make the most of your stay follow our top 5 things to do in Berlin.
East Side Gallery
Arguably the most famous tourist attraction in the German capital is the Berlin Wall. It stood as a physical and symbolic barrier between West Berlin and East Germany for almost thirty years. When it fell in 1989 many famous artists tagged it with their work turning it into a piece of modern art. Visit the open air East Side Gallery where more than a kilometre long section of the wall is housed. With over 100 paintings from this memorial for freedom is a must-see.
Berlin has around 200 museums which can be a daunting prospect to any sightseer. Luckily you’ll find the most important ones in one spot. The Museumsinsel or ‘Museum Island’ is World Heritage Site. Highlights are the bust of Egyptian queen Nefertiti and the world’s largest mounted dinosaur Skelton in Berlin’s Museum of Natural History. Make your visit extra special and visit over ‘Lange Nacht der Museen’ when most of the museums stay open until 2am.
As traditional to the Germans as fish and chips are to the Brits Currywurst is a must-try. A hot sausage sliced and served with curry sauce is a local delicacy! You’ll find currywurst on the menu pretty much everywhere so you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Dance the night away
When it comes to partying Berlin is one of the hottest destinations around. The scene is progressive and impossibly cool with edgy warehouse venues. The Panorama Bar on the border of Friedrichshain a former factory is the bedrock of European techno. For more of an underground vibe visit the Salon Zur Wilden Renate.
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Kurfurstendamn the main shopping area in Berlin is enough to keep any shopaholic entertained. Neighbouring Kaufhaus des Westens is Europe’s biggest mall with a massive gourmet selection. A tip to the wise though, it’s best to avoid visiting on a Saturday as the crowds can be huge.
Berlin is close enough for a city break with enough to keep you occupied for longer so for a summer getaway to remember head to the German capital.