Berlin - Overview
The capital city of Germany, Berlin is located in the north west of the country and is also one of the country’s 16 states. The largest German city, it is home to a multicultural population of 3.4 million. Berlin’s residents hail from over 190 countries in the world and this diversity is reflected in the city which is well known for its tolerance toward people of difference cultures. Home to the German parliament and some of the most historic German buildings, its historical importance in Europe has made Berlin a popular place to visit.
For those wishing to take in some history and culture Berlin is the city in which to do it. The huge city has much to offer with a number of museums, art galleries and theatres. The most famous museums are located on Museum Island, however the city boasts over 170 institutions with exhibits from all over the world dating back to ancient times. The art galleries house many famous classical, as well as contemporary works, and the city is at the heart of the international street art scene. Following heavy devastation in World War II, Berlin has been constantly re-building and renovating it’s most famous buildings and landmarks. The city squares: Bebelplatz, Potsdamer Platz and Schlossplatz are must sees for those interested in architecture.
Berlin is a sprawling city with lots to see and there are a number of companies offering city tours; choose whether to explore by bus, boat (Berlin has more bridges than Venice!) or bike. Although it would be nearly impossible to cover the whole city on foot, there are some walking tours available that take in smaller areas of historical Berlin. Guided walking tours are a great way to learn about the city but if you’d rather walk at your own pace it is possible to download an audio guide from the official Berlin tourism website.
Finding something good to eat in Berlin is easy with the large numbers of restaurants and eateries serving up German and international cuisine. Cheaper than many other cities in Western Europe, Berlin accommodates all budgets, from fast food to fine dining. The “Currywurst” is the city’s most famous delicacy; a spicy sausage covered in curried tomato sauce. Every visitor to Berlin should try the dish as it’s even had a memorial built in its honour!
There are several areas of the city well known for their lively nightlife in particular; Prenzlauer Berg, Friedrichshain, Hackesche Höfe, Winterfeldtplatz and Schöneberg. All of these areas have good restaurants, bars and clubs so if you’re looking for a night out there won’t be too far to travel. Legendary for its nightlife Berlin has plenty to keep everyone entertained, if clubbing isn’t your thing then head down to a casino or one of the many clubs and dance halls offering dance lessons and ball nights from tango and salsa to traditional ballroom.