As one of the largest capitals in Europe, there is so much to see and do yet Berlin maintains a very laid back atmosphere. What's more with around one-third of the city made up of forests, gardens, rivers and lakes Berlin has a perfect mix of bustling cosmopolitan areas and tranquil green space to escape to.
With many notable monuments illustrating Berlin’s history, it is easy to discover more about this city’s turbulent past. After severe damage and only being restored after the reunification of the city, the impressive and resilient Reichstag Parliament building is now a must-visit boasting spectacular views from the roof terrace. Close by not only stands the equally impressive Brandenburg Gate, which again represents the joining of East and West, but also the humbling Holocaust memorial paying tribute to the Murdered Jews of Europe. Another unmissable attraction is to visit the remains of the Berlin Wall and see the amazing murals painted on the most preserved section, known as the East Side Gallery.
With five superb museums and artefacts spanning 6000 years, Museum Island earned its title in the 1870's and it is still easy to see why today. Set on Spree Island which is where Berlin’s story began, visitors can wander around the various museums on offer, as well as visiting the Berlin Cathedral, the city’s largest cathedral and admire its magnificent dome roof.
As the capital of techno music, potentially the hippest city in the world and right up there with Amsterdam as one of the most liberal cities on the planet, Berlin is a party goer’s paradise. Spend your night in one of the city’s many grungy indie pubs, epic live music venues or chance your luck hoping to get into arguably Berlin’s most famous club, Berghain. Berlin is also great for theatre with its East End putting on world-class performance and as there is performances in English, dance theatre and subtitled plays, there is plenty on offer to enjoy even if you are not fluent in the German language.