A buzzing metropolis, Germany’s capital Berlin offers visitors a positive wealth of things to explore and see. A creative, cool vibe permeates the city, making it a go-to destination for those wishing to enjoy its vibrant feel.
From admiring the rather wondrous graffiti street art to wandering through Berlin Botanical Garden, the second largest in the world, Berlin is a city that manages to be both uber chic and ultimately charming.
Food and Drink
While you may not consider Germany to be a leading European cuisine, Berlin is actually home to approximately 23 Michelin starred restaurants, providing those who enjoy fine dining a plethora of experiences to enjoy. Try Tim Raue, which fuses Asian and German cuisine, to what is obviously a pleasing effect, as it has garnered two Michelin stars. Have a sweet tooth? Coda is famed for a menu that focuses solely on deserts and cocktails but with a true fine dining twist.
At the other end of the scale, Berlin is also famed for offering some of the best food for under €5 and has a vibrant street food scene, try Thai Park for a taste of Thailand or Street Food Thursdays at Markthalle Neun.
And one cannot, of course, mention Berlin without a nod to its thriving craft beer industry. There’s even a craft beer map of the city, to use to enjoy the best ale around.
Culture and History
As a city with a troubled history, there are many places of historic interest that visitors may wish to include on their itinerary such as the Reichstag, the Branderburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie, and of course, The Berlin Wall – well its remains. A trip to the Holocaust Memorial is a sobering yet important part of any tour of Berlin.
Berlin is home to a staggering 180 museums. UNESCO world heritage site, Museum Island is a great place to visit, as it houses 5 museums built between 1824 and 1930, and displays contrasting architecture, and a wide variety of collections and exhibitions.
For those who wish to explore even deeper – they can quite literally do so in subterranean splendour and view long forgotten underground delights such as a WWII fortress, Cold War air raid shelters and escape tunnels.
Housing around 100 shops, Kurfürstendamm is the largest retail district in Berlin, with around 200,000 square metres of shops and restaurants, and is widely regarded as the main shopping district. Home to flagship stores and international designer labels, it’s a must see for those who love to shop.
For something a little different the “concept mall” Bikini Berlin is home to a wide range of pop-ups, boutiques concept stores which nestle among a few well known chains. Additionally, Hackescher Markt is another place to find edgy trends in a stylish setting.
The relatively newly opened Mall of Berlin is a shoppers paradise, with more than 270 shops, including leading designer brands such as Armani, Hugo Boss and Guess. It’s also home to the largest food court in Berlin, so there are plenty of places to stop off for a well-needed break and a coffee or snack.