Berlin is home to some of the most profound and insightful museums and galleries in the world. Ranging in exhibits from ancient Egyptian artifacts to the tragic history of persecuted Jews to the surreal paintings of Dali, this city is a cultural hub. No matter your interests you are sure to find an exhibition that will challenge your opinions and expand your mind.
MUSEUMS & GALLERIES
Berlin’s history stretches back 775 eventful years, with various generations and dynasties leaving behind their mark in the form of landmarks and monuments. On either side of the Unter den Linden, the central boulevard of Berlin, lays a multitude of historic and awe-inspiring sights. A short walk around Mitte, the central district of Berlin, will take you past a litany of striking landmarks, from the Prussian era grandness of the Berliner Dom to the Cold War era remains of the Berlin wall, to the modern majesty of the TV tower. Truly, Berlin is truly a godsend for tourists looking for great sights, both famous and obscure.
Berlin: the big grey city. A landscape entirely covered in drab high rises and industrial-looking buildings; or at least that’s what most tourists might think when coming here. With its best known aspects being its post-war ruins and eclectic art culture, travellers may not expect much in terms of outdoor getaways. But the city is abundant in large open parks, like Mauerpark, Tiergarten and the nearby Sanssouci Park just to name a few. Berlin proves to have something to offer everyone’s varying interests. With bikes on hire on nearly every corner, bathing lakes just a tram ride away and a visibly strong focus on fitness, this concrete jungle actually turns out to be a surprisingly green space.
What’s in a name? When it comes to Berlin, a lot. From Karl Marx Allee to the Kurfürstendamm, this city’s streets and tours provide a window into the past. So set out to a tourist hotspot or wander off the beaten strasse and immerse yourself in a city rich in history.
STREETS & TOURS
Known as the city that is “poor but sexy”, this German capital has high-design low-cost youth hostels all over the city. Travellers on a budget have the chance to rest their head comfortably and there is a plethora of options ranging from the ever popular chain Generator Hostels to the cozy boutique Wallyard Concept Hostel. All located within distance of major tourist attractions and close to public transportation links, visitors can take their pick to which neighbourhood they would like to eat, sleep and play in, giving them a glimpse into life as a Berliner.
Home to the famous Currywurst there is an impressive variety of local street food available all over Berlin. From cafés specialising in pretzels or patisseries to German food markets serving the popular kebabs, you will be spoilt for choice in this city bursting with flavours. Try out the craft beer gardens or sip on a cup of Berlin’s quality coffee, you will definitely find something to tickle your taste buds.
FOOD & DRINK
Berlin is known for its eccentric nightlife and clubbing scene. Most clubs play Techno music but you don’t have to look hard to find venues that specialise in Rock, Hip Hop and Jazz. Many clubbing spaces occupy previously abandoned warehouses, power and heating plants. These industrial settings generally create an intense and sweaty environment. Door policies vary from club to club and your best bet is to go out in small groups and dress casually.
Bursting with the best places for art and music events,performance venues, sports stadiums and festivals, all reviewed by us cool folk at CTR, you are bound to find some form of entertainment to your required taste. With a heap of music gigs, sporting events and art shows to choose from, Berlin is definitely the place for a dose of good ‘ole’ culture.
Visitors to Berlin may not be expecting much outside its well-known history and vibrantly unorthodox party scene, but once here it would be hard to leave without adding a few new numbers to your wardrobe. Whether it’s a way to kill time after your walking tour, or an unexpected pop-up market which has caught your eye, you’ll quickly learn Berlin plays host to an exciting shopping scene. So get your wallet ready and prepare yourself to shop ‘til you drop at some of these awesome destinations.
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