Berliners eyes light up speaking about their capital German. Some refer to post-communist freedom, some throbbing nightlife of Kreuzberg and others about exciting young designers. Berlin is certain to amaze visitors with wonders reflecting the crystalline Reichstag and Potsdamer Platz, the Berlin Wall and Jewish Museum. Trendsetter, party lovers can always enjoy Berlin.
To Do Things
Berlin is a capital monster-sized, eight times the size of Paris. Head up to Reichstag, the German Parliament and join photographers for obligatory snapshot of the Brandenburg Gate. Spend days at Tiergarten woodlands roaming and Museum Island galleries. Trace the turbulent past and walk the East Side Gallery, the artiest stretch.
Free-spirited individuality is well-defined at Berlin. Go beyond the designers to quieter backstreets Kurfurstendamm studded with specialty and antique stores. Shop perfume like 1920s at Parfum nach Gewicht that has fragrances weighing by gram on brass scales or visit Kreuzberg for urban street wear. Make a leisurely stop at Hackesche Hofe’s for their people-watching cafes and unusual boutiques.
Nightlife and Entertainment
Bernlin is full of steam and Friedrichstrasse is the Glitzy cabaret, while Mitte’s concert halls ring with classical music. The techno clubs are authentic alternatives presenting industrial style techno to Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg. The summer evenings are for sipping and chatting having foamy beer in Prater beer garden under chestnut trees.
Dining and Restaurants
Berliners are sociable and down-to-earth, their bohemian cafes and street food is fun. Join for shawarma and pan-fresh falafel and curried sausage in Kreuzberg. Foodies can enjoy at Mitte’s Michelin – starred restaurants and enjoy in the intimate bistros, Charlottenburg’s French food by candlelight. For authentic Berlin taste feast on fat knuckles of port with sauerkraut lashings at Zur Letzten Instanz, the 17th century wood paneled tavern.
Berlin has greatest concentration of most expensive to cheapest digs near Kurfurstendamm, the western Berlin main boulevard. There are good-value pensions and Eastern Berlin attracts the convention crowd with its class and Budget Hotels Berlin notably Hilton, Adlon and Grand. There are plenty of small hotels and hordes of summer visitors can occupy to their convenience. Travelers can head to Grunewald for good hotels near Olympic Park.
Biking, Jogging, Swimming, Spectator Sports, Tennis & Squash can be enjoyed. Advance reservations are recommended for clubs. Outdoor swimming in hot months can be enjoyed at Wannsee, the largest lake beaches.