It’s undoubtedly Europe’s coolest city. With 24-hour nightlife, a growing culinary scene and affordable living, Berlin has attracted people from all over the world and it did attract me too. After hearing a lot about Berlin I was looking forward to this and I was not disappointed. Berlin is the largest city Germany’s capital. With one of the most turbulent recent history it has has emerged as one of Europe’s most popular and vibrant travel destinations. There is a lot of history and art here, and Berlin has become very popular with students and young artists, writers, and travellers. It’s one of the most hip city I have seen after Tokyo.
Berlin is so different still and an amazing place to learn about the past. Berlin’s got a bit of something for everyone. There’s the fascinating history, then there’s the modern vibrant, multicultural culture of street art and music that mixes in influences from around the world. And there’s also the great nightlife. It’s also one of Europe’s cheaper capital cities.
Things to See & Do
Brandenberg Gate – One of Berlin’s best-known landmarks, the Brandenberg Gate was located in no man’s land behind the Berlin Wall and was made famous when it was reopened on 22 December 1989 after the fall of the Wall.
Checkpoint Charlie – The original border post on Friedrichstrabe between former East and West Berlin remains, complete with a soldier’s post and border crossing sign. Although this area of town is exceptionally touristy, it is worth a visit. It not only tells the history of the Berlin Wall, but also shares the stories of those who escaped, those who tried but failed, and the families caught in between on both sides of the wall.
Visit East Side Gallery – The area of Berlin wall is now an open air art gallery features graffiti artwork. Artists from all over the world have left their mark on this 1.3 km remaining section of the Wall.
Potsdamer Platz – One of the busiest square in Europe in 1920’s was destroyed in World War II and divided by the Berlin Wall. But after German reunification it became the largest building site in Europe and now is a bustling area full of showrooms, shopping, offices and all
Reichstag – The German Parliament is one of Berlin’s most historic landmarks. It has a rich history that reflects the stories of Germany since the 19th century. It’s free and the rooftop dome offers great views of the city. It is worth it. Also carry your passport
Holocaust Memorial – The memorial is made up of 2,711 large rectangular stones as a tribute to the Jews that died during the war as a result of Hitler’s “Final Solution.” Below the stones, is a museum that focuses on the lives of individual families and can be depressing for people
Britzer Garten – No matter what time of the year, this is a beautiful garden. The Rose Garden is particularly stunning.
Enjoy the music – Berlin is one of the musical centers of Europe and features some of the best DJs, musicians, singers, and bands on the continent. No matter your musical tastes, you’ll find something here
Tempelhof Park (Neukölln)- Closed in 2008, Tempelhof is an old airport site identified with the Berlin Airlift when American and British forces delivered food, fuel and other supplies to West Berlin during the Soviet blockade. Now it is open to the public and offers the possibility of riding your bicycle down one of the airport runways.
Museum and art lovers should head to Berlin’s Museum Island-a UNESCO World Heritage Site which is home to five museums with artifacts from 6000 years of history. One of the world’s major archaeological museums, the Pergamon should not be missed It is cheaper to get a combined Museum Island area ticket for €18 (€17 online).
While the public transportation system is phenomenal, the city is best experienced on a bicycle or walking. One can also invest in Berlin Welcome Card which gives a discount of up to 50% at over 200 attractions, tours, shows and restaurants as well as free city transport. There are three different versions covering 48 hours for €19,50, 72 hours for €26,70 or five days for €34,50. one can also take a Day Ticket for €6,90 that’s valid until 3am the next morning
Eating & Drinking
The recommendation here was given by my Twitter friend Deepali Gupta(@the_epicurious) and I must say she has good choices.
Also since Berlin has the largest Turkish population, so it’s easy to find a cheap meal of a döner and pitta for a couple of euros. One must try a currywurst– a pork sausage that’s fried and coated with curry sauce and curry powder.
What to drink? That should never be the question in Germany because the answer will always be Beer. there are number of biergartens, or beer gardens, to cool down with a drink
Whether for happening nightlife, new tech start-ups, fashion, art, or food, it’s difficult to not fall in love with Berlin. It has that unique vibe, which will prompt you to visit again as it prompts me. If you love art, architecture and history, you’re in for an amazing experience in Berlin. Without much effort it has become one of my favourite cities.
Amount Spent: Approximately 50 Euros for 1 day including stay, food and drinks.
Next Stop– Amsterdam