An über-cool, cultural hub, Berlin is a city which has become just as famous for its thriving arts and nightlife scene as it is for its iconic wall. It is a multicultural melting pot of people, made up of various thriving neighbourhoods with distinct identities, reflected in the eclectic offering of bars, restaurants, shops and galleries. Expect a grungy, urban vibe, influenced by the legacy of punks, anarchists and activists, yet also an air of subtle sophistication evident in the cool cocktail bars and grand, modern architecture. Boasting world-renowned museums, exclusive nightclubs and pleasant green spaces, Berlin is the perfect destination for those seeking history, culture and a lively atmosphere.
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The Berlin Wall
Arguably the city’s most famous landmark and an icon of its wartime legacy, the majority of the Berlin Wall was demolished in the 1990s, however visitors can still walk along the sections that remain. Step back in time to when Nazi Germany was bitterly divided by visiting the permanent exhibition at Checkpoint Charlie that tells the story of the wall’s history. The East Side Gallery section of the wall, which boasts fabulous, colourful artwork by international artists, is also worth a visit.
Berlin has an impressive cultural offering, including art galleries, museum, theatres and opera houses, and is home to thousands of artists from across the world. Art lovers will be spoilt for choice as Berlin’s art scene is as diverse as it gets – from tiny, ramshackle studios displaying chaotic modern art, to vast architectural marvels showcasing 19th century masterpieces.
The UNESCO World Heritage-listed ‘Museum Island’ is made up of five world-renowned museums, including the impressive, three-winged Pergamon Museum and the Alte Nationalgalerie. Don’t miss the Jewish Museum in the diverse district of Kreuzberg, that provides a fascinating insight into not just the Holocaust, but various aspects of Jewish culture.
Berlin’s hedonistic nightlife is nothing short of extraordinary and it is often labelled the best clubbing city in Europe. Fuelled by the new found freedom of Berlin’s reunification, the clubbing scene grew in a unique and sensational fashion. Berlin’s most famous and exclusive club is the Berghain/Panorama Bar, also known as the Church of Techno, which is housed in a former power station and is buzzing with energy. Away from the intense, non-stop partying, there is no shortage of quirky pubs serving craft beers and trendy cocktail bars set within historic buildings.
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