Berlin: Highlights

Reichstag, Berlin, Germany

Germany’s capital city has more than 9,000 restaurants, and hundreds of theaters, museums and music venues. Whether you’re into art, architecture, fashion, fun, history or music, you’re certain to find what you’re looking for in Germany’s  largest city.

Berlin Highlights

 
Brandenburger Tor
Brandenburger Tor

A walk through time

Wherever you walk in the city center, you will see reminders of the past, and celebrations of the restoration of this ancient city. Brandenburg Gate is one of Berlin’s most well-known landmarks. It once stood in the shadow of the Berlin Wall, in a kind of ‘no man’s land’ between East and West Berlin. When the wall came down, the Gate was restored to its former glory, and now stands as a symbol of the city’s rebirth. The famous Hackesche Höfe is the largest example of courtyard-based architectural division in Germany. A series of eight interconnected courtyards is home to endless cafes, restaurants, residences and businesses, all nestled against the backdrop of carefully restored and artistic construction.

Checkpoint Charlie
Checkpoint Charlie

Exploring the dark past

No visit to Berlin would be complete without some exploration of its violent and oppressive past. Find traces of the Berlin Wall throughout the city, and visit Checkpoint Charlie, one of the many places where conflicts rose to a fever pitch during the days following World War II. The Topography of Terror Museum, located at the former SS-Headquarters, recaptures the days of the SS siege on Germany and the world.

Museum Island
Museum Island

Celebrating the bright future

Although the Germans are open about their troubled past, they are more enthusiastic about their colorful future. Hundreds of museums and attractions fill the city, and celebrate everything from chocolate to sex, from art to communication. Be sure to visit Museum Island, a collection offive different museums in one location. The complex boasts more than 6,000 years of art and architectural history. Music lovers will have no shortage of options, too. From the German National Opera (Deutsche Oper) to the live performances in clubs and cafés, Berlin is home to a wide range of music tastes and styles.

Strand Bar, Berlin
Strand Bar

Dance the night away

Europeans flock to Berlin for it’s stimulating nightlife and open-minded atmosphere. Like many European cities, there’s no shortage of cafes and bars in Berlin, and the nightclubs are famous for their high energy and higher quality.

Berlin train stations

 
Berlin Central Station

Berlin Central Station

Berlin has multiple train stations. These are the most important ones:

  • Berlin Hauptbahnhof (Berlin Central Station): the main railway station where most international trains depart. This impressive new station opened in 2006 and has a large shopping centre.

  • Berlin Südkreuz: for intercity trains in the direction of Dresden and Leipzig and various regional services

  • Berlin Ostbahnhof: S-Bahn, regional and long-distance services call at this station, servicing eastern parts of Berlin.

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