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Berlin, Germany

When the infamous Berlin Wall came down, Berlin's cultural and creative energy went up. Today it is one of the most exciting cities in Europe, with an exhilarating, fresh, and slightly radical urban vibe. It seems to always be a city in transformation, with a rich variety of artistic and cultural projects, and a mixture of design, architectural, and lifestyle attitudes displaying a rather unconventional spirit.

Stunning modern architecture together with restored old palaces and monuments, a lively art and gallery scene, and bustling bars and clubs create a fascinating modern metropolis that is also gaining a reputation as a European party capital. East Berlin especially has become a thriving fashion and nightlife hotspot, but overall Berlin remains slightly more secluded and away from the mainstream tourism capitals of Europe.

That's what makes it such a refreshing and exciting city to visit, and one that makes you return to experience and accompany its continuously evolving and buzzing life.


Top 10 Sights and Attractions

  1. A walk around the landmark BRANDENBURG GATE and PARISER PLATZ followed by a stroll down UNTER DEN LINDEN BOULEVARD.
  2. The views from the top of the REICHSTAG.
  3. The Greek and Roman antiquities inside the Pergamon Museum.
  4. The architecture of KAISER WILHELM CHURCH.
  5. Shopping down KURFURSTENDAMM BOULEVARD.
  6. The opulent CHARLOTTENBURG PALACE.
  7. The outstanding art collections of the Kulturforum.
  8. The massive Berlin Cathedral.
  9. A stop at the monumental GENDARMENMARKT SQUARE.
  10. The futuristic architecture of POTSDAMER PLATZ.

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Where to Stay

Look for the hotel or hostel that best matches your budget, type of trip or personality. Here you can guarantee a room but you do NOT pay anything at the time of booking. Payments are only made at the hotel and there are no booking fees. Most hotels allow cancellations with no penalty if done up to 24 or 48 hours in advance. You'll see that information at the time of booking and again in the confirmation email.

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Eating and Drinking

You can go for breakfast in Berlin until as late as 4PM. The city's cafés (both the classic, old-fashioned ones in the West and the newer ones in the East) offer a variety of light dishes, and you can simply go for coffee and a piece of cake later in the afternoon. Sweet treats are a tradition in this city, and while Germany isn't particularly known for its cuisine, its capital does offer a variety of options. That's mostly due to the presence of more recent ethnic restaurants, and eating out is now an essential part of the Berlin social scene. The most interesting openings have occurred around Mitte, where the city's hippest crowds look for places with stylish interiors matching their fashionable tastes.

Shopping

There are many shopping streets in Berlin, but Kurfürstendamm (simply known as Ku'damm) is the city's most important shopping boulevard. It's where all the designer shops are found, along with many of the city's hotels. The other major shopping street in the center of the city is Friedrichstraße, home to a number of department stores.
Berlin has some of the best shopping opportunities for those looking for young, independent fashion design. You'll find many trendy boutiques in Mitte, particularly in the streets of Neue Schönhauser and Hackesche Höfe.
Also worth checking out are the city's markets, especially the Farmer's Market on Wittenbergplatz. If you're in town in December, don't miss the Christmas markets, where you're likely to find more than a couple of bargains.

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