Berlin, the capital of Germany, is one of the largest cities in Europe with almost four million inhabitants. It is also one of the most vibrant cities anywhere, with underground parties carrying on into the early hours.
The city is full of interesting places to go and things to see from the Brandenburg Gate and nearby Reichstag, the seat of Parliament, to the Berlin Wall and Alexanderplatz. Museum island is a Unesco World Heritage Site with many cultural sites, and there is the Jewish Museum, Altes Museum, Pergamon Museum and Hamburger Bahnhof, to name just a few of the many museums in the city. Indeed, it would probably take you days just wandering from one museum to another. If you want to get away from the crowds then head to the expansive Tiergarten where you could even climb up the Victory Column.
Perhaps the most famous part of the city, and most visited, is the Berlin Wall, which divided East from West Berlin from 1961 to 1989. Fragments of the wall have been preserved, and there is an East Side Gallery, reputed to be the longest al fresco gallery in the world. You can simply wander along the wall admiring the current mosaics or graffiti art for free.
Indeed, the city abounds with graffiti, nowhere more so than in Kreuzberg Berlin district, which has a distinctly underground undercurrent to it. This is a great area to wander especially at night where bars stay open late and there are many clubs for those in the know.
Things To Do in Berlin
There are so many diverse attractions to the city that we have written an article on things to do in Berlin : wine, art, food and beer. It makes for a good read, but they again we would say that, wouldn’t we?
The year 2019 marks both the thirtieth anniversary of the Fall of The Wall as well as the 100th anniversary of the formation of the Bauhaus movement. Although the latter was founded in Weimar, it moved to the capital later on, before falling foul of the Nazis. There are still plenty examples of Berlin Bauhaus architecture throughout the city.