Once carved up into East and West Berlin, today Berlin is completely united – a thriving fusion of cultures. A vibrant art, music and culinary scene, sits comfortably alongside sobering reminders of the city’s history of Nazi rule, and a city divided. An impressive line-up of museums play host to a vast collection of art and antiquities from across the globe, and a night the city comes alive through its justifiably renowned bars and clubs.
The beauty of Berlin is surely in its variety – the foodie, the party animal and the art love are all catered for. A walking tour across the city allows you to explore first-hand the diverse neighbourhoods – where hip graffiti-covered districts lie right next to stunning historical architecture. Or head out on a bike tour to capture the scale of the city, passing right underneath the Brandenburg gate, past the Alexanderplatz TV tower to explore the remaining sections of the Berlin Wall.
The sobering yet beautiful Holocaust Memorial is central to the city – reflecting how important Berliners consider their history. You can get a feel for the struggle of everyday life under communist rule at the impressive DDR Museum, and visit Checkpoint Charlie, which served as the crossing point between East and West Berlin.
Fuel comes in the form of German beer and sausages, or take your pick from the array of international cuisines on offer. Dancing ’til dawn in the infamous techno clubs of Berlin requires some serious sustenance!