There’s a distinctive spirit to Berlin, with enough sights and experiences to fill a city break several times over. Spend time perusing the city’s contemporary art collections. Step inside the stylish boutiques and browse collections by young designers. Visit numerous historical sites and reminders of German’s past. Then sip a glass of local Riesling at a stylish bar.
Germany’s über-cool capital is as hip as it is historic.
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The pulsating energy of Berlin is never more present than after sundown. Whatever your musical tastes – ambient, drum and bass, pop or even something more classical – you’ll find somewhere that suits. Berliners have a seemingly insatiable appetite for partying, so expect venues to remain open into the early hours.
Berlin’s thriving art scene can be found in over 400 galleries – many housed in unique spaces, like the Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart, which is part of an old railway station. Or the KW Institute for Contemporary Art that’s in an ex-margarine factory. And art has become part of the fabric of the city at the East Side Gallery. The murals that cover the remnants of the Berlin Wall here form the world’s biggest open-air gallery.
There are historical sites and landmarks seemingly on ever corner – revealing Berlin’s divisive past and contemporary reunification. Here you can visit Checkpoint Charlie, The Reichstag, Brandenburg Gate and humbling monuments such as the Topographie des Terrors and Berlin Wall Memorial.
With Michelin-starred restaurants reaching double figures, Berlin has fast become a destination for fine dining. Book a table at one of the foodie-favourite restaurants peppered across the city.
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