Berlin is a city that has risen, fallen and dusted itself off so many times in the past centuries that it could be called a Stehaufmännchen (a Weeble; it wobbles but it doesn’t fall down). Sprawlingly large, home to 3.4 million and still divided—at least mentally—along east-west lines nearly two decades after German unification, Berlin still isn’t always sure what it wants to be, which is precisely what makes it so exciting. When you visit Berlin, reminders of the city’s fragile history—like the Berlin Wall and Berlin Palace—will surround you. Such historical attractions mingle with today’s many nightclubs, which have made Berlin one of Europe’s most exciting destinations for young adults who travel to Berlin to experience the booming techno scene. Still, the city offers plenty of outdoor attractions like the Tiergarten and Viktoriapark, two large and noteworthy parks in Berlin. No matter your interests, there’s never a shortage of things to see and do, and our Berlin travel guide proves it.
Things Not to Miss In Berlin
• Grunewald Forest, Berlin’s largest green space
• Museum Island
• The Berlin Wall
• Nightclubs in Mitte, Berlin’s most central borough
• Berlinische Galerie
• The Deutsches Theater
When to Go to Berlin
There are many notable festivals that happen every year in Berlin. Karneval der Kulturen, a festival celebrating diversity, occurs every year around Easter. The Berlin Pride Celebration is one of the biggest LGBT parades in Europe. It’s held every year at the end of June. Both the Karneval der Kulturen and the Berlin Pride Celebration are government-sanctioned events.
Strolling along Unter den Linden from the Brandenburg Gate to the half-dismantled Palast der Republik—which leads past Humboldt University, Museum Island, the State Opera, the Berlin Cathedral, and the Old National Gallery and Neue Wache.
An afternoon in Berlin-Mitte’s charming Scheunenviertel—once a Jewish ghetto, now an arty hub bursting with galleries, boutiques, and cafes.
Dining alfresco in one of the city’s fabulous outdoor eateries—like Schleusenkrug in the Tiergarten, Schoenbrunn in Volkspark Friedrichshain, or Nola’s in Weinbergspark.