Berlin Travel Tips
Of strategic importance since it first straddled the Spree River in the 13th century, Berlin went on to hog center stage in the turbulent 20th century. Today the city has been restored as the nation's capital, and is the focus of a mammoth project of reunification and the barometer of Germany's moods.
Berlin is the heart of Germany, with a stoic beat that echoes through grand public buildings, glorious museums and theaters, urbane restaurants, bustling pubs and raucous nightclubs. The Wall is gone but Berlin is still divided: there's a distinct segue from the glitz of the west to still-shabby East Berlin.
In the 1920s Berlin was one of the best places in the world to be gay or lesbian, especially in the milieu which flourished in the district of Schöneberg, as celebrated by British writer ...
One of the great things about Berlin is that, for a Western European capital, it’s surprisingly cheap. Go out drinking with friends and you’ll rarely get a nasty surprise when the check turns up. ...
In central Berlin, next to busy Friedrichstrasse station and overlooking the River Spree, is a single-story Modernist building. Its sloping roof, wide doorways and soaring windows seem to suggest ...
Written by Viator, November 2012
Very few European cities were as hard hit by World War II as Dresden, Germany. The city was in flaming ruins from the Allied firebomb attacks of February 13, 1945, depicted in Kurt Vonnegut’s classic ...
Written by Philippa Burne, UK, August 2012
You know when you’re in the former East German parts of Berlin: the Walk and Don’t Walk signs look different. Ampelmann was created in 1961 in response to increasing numbers of pedestrian and ...
Along with its natural attractions, Grunewald is home to two very different art collections which bridge the centuries. The Brücke-Museum , housed in a late Modernist
building at the edge of ...
At the dawn of the 20th century, Berlin
had the largest Jewish population of any city in the world. One of the
most positive developments since German reunification in 1989 has been
Written by Viator, November 2012
Berlin‘s history has played a major role in shaping the city today, and one of the best places to learn more about one period of that history is at the DDR Museum, which details what life was like ...
Written by Jodi R, Germany, April 2012
One of the things that makes Berlin so exciting is the high proportion of creative people who have decided to call this lively city home, and with the artists comes the inevitable process of ...
Written by JC, Germany, April 2012
Those reliable Germans – even their riots are scheduled! Every May 1st, largely left-leaning protestors face off against police in the district of Kreuzberg, throwing Molotov cocktails then ...
Written by JC, Germany, June 2012
The bust of Nefertiti is one of the best-known ancient artworks, right
up there with the Sphinx, the Winged Victory of Samothrace and the Venus
de Milo. Dating from around 1340 BC, it depicts the ...
In an early 90s edition of the Rough Guide to Berlin , the
south-eastern district of Neukölln didn’t even merit a mention. How
times change. In the last three years or so this traditionally ...
Written by JC, Germany, September 2011
No less than three of Berlin ’s
inner city parks have been the subject of feature-length documentaries
in the last year, profiling the friendly collision of social groups and
subcultures which ...
Written by JC, Germany, March 2012
If you’re looking for a day-trip from Berlin, Potsdam is a no-brainer: by train the journey takes less than half an hour from Berlin’s main station and costs just three euros. An almost absurd ...
Written by Anne H, Germany, May 2013
Lovely place for lunch and dinner in the nicest part of Berlin. Salumeria Culinario. Tucholskystraße 34 10117 Berlin
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