Start Berlin: A Comprehensive Budget Guide To Berlin

praktikum-curso-reisejournalismus-cover-berlin-september14It will come as no surprise that this city, so steeped in history, has a lot of sights and monuments to behold. Casually walk around and you are sure to come across more than your fair share. They make up the skyline of Berlin. From Prussian architecture to Soviet design, the city has been stamped by its various political rulers and is a cornucopia for UNESCO Heritage sites, boasting 3 of them. Check out Brandenburg Gate for Berlin’s earliest example of Neo-Classical architecture or venture to the Olympic Stadium and catch a home game. Whatever you do, you will never be able to escape the sight of Germany’s tallest building, the TV tower. Just make sure you’re ready to queue if you want to go up there.

From film to typography, national history to Islamic art, this city has a museum for just about everything. Some focus on Berlin’s unique and complex history, while others display artworks from as far away and long ago as classical Europe, Japan and the ancient Middle East. The central Museum Island is home to several globally-renowned collections that are truly unmissable. Also worth a visit, however, are the lesser-known, equally fascinating galleries dotted throughout the city. To save money, consider buying a one-day or three-day pass for multiple exhibitions; see individual museum websites or ticket kiosks for details.

Home to some of the world’s most beautiful and stunning parks, Berlin is the perfect city to visit during a scorching hot summer. If you enjoy lounging in the sun, then you will definitely be satisfied sprawling over the vast liegewiese’s of the Tiergarten or Volkspark Friedrichshain, sipping a rich German beer. For those architecture admirers, then the illustrious and impressive baroque gardens of Schloss Charlottenburg should prove a special treat. Or if you desire to make the most of your time outside, feel free to visit the airport cum park Tempelhofer Feld. Jump on a bike and enjoy stretching your legs around the enormous airport runways, or pick up a gold club and try to pot a hole at the park’s quirky art-inspired golf course. Once you’ve worked up a sweat, you could always take a refreshing dip in the sparkling waters of Lake Schlachtensee. With so much to see, so long as the sun is on your side, make the most of your time in Berlin by visiting as many as possible!

Berlin has a distinct Jekyll and Hyde feel to its streets. Be prepared to walk into a square boasting neoclassical architecture one day and onto a graffiti-clad, hippy-prone street the next. The city is saturated with history and accordingly possesses a myriad of monuments, from the striking Brandenburg Gate to the sombre Holocaust Memorial. To sample these historical testimonials, there are numerous bike, bus and walking tours on offer. Ranging from the tranquil Charlottenburg district and timeless Gendarmenmarkt to the dirty decadence of Kreuzberg, there is something for everyone.

There is a sense that Berlin has it all, and if its not here- it probably doesn’t exist. This is certainly the case when shopping. From a rich range of bookstores and high street staples, to treasure trove flea markets and haggling-at-theready markets ripe with fruit and vegetables. Purchase weird and wonderful jewellery from Tukadu, explore the famous department paradise of KaDeWe, indulge in mouthwatering chocolate at Fassbender and Rausch or wander into one of the many vintage stores- some even having the genius to combine vintage with coffee and cake. Berlin has style, and it’s fabulously fused with such variety that it has something for everyonethat’s the till ringing beauty of it.

When visiting Berlin, you will never go hungry. Eateries to satisfy all tastes are dotted around all day and night in fast food stalls, restaurants and spectacular street food markets. Offering anything from Japanese to Italian and Turkish to Indonesian it never ceases to impress. Try the Berliner special Currywurst from Curry 36 or devour a döner from Mustafa’s kebabs. Wash it all down with a ‘Berliner’ beer in one of the many beautiful Biergartens dotted around the capital. Or if you are not a beer drinker, there are many cute little cafes to quench your thirst and indulge in delicious cakes.

praktikum-curso-reisejournalismus-back-cover-berlin-september14So you’ve seen Berlin during the day, and it’s pretty awesome right? But it’s when the sun goes down that this vibrant city really comes into its own. With its numerous bars, some of the best clubs in the world, contemporary music and arts scene, and oh so cool hipster hangouts, you’ll never want to sleep. No list is exhaustive, we only provide a few examples, with a focus on bars. So there’s no excuses, get out there and experience it for yourself, and let us know if you break the infamous Berlin club door policy. And if you want to channel your inner Madonna or Phil Collins, well there’s something for you too!

Team Curso/CTR Berlin
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