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Whether you’re looking for the party capital of Europe, to soak up the artistic culture or to delve into the city’s history, there’s something for everyone during a city break in Berlin.
Berlin is the unofficial party capital of Europe. During the weekend, there’s no requirement for clubs and bars to close up at a certain time, and many take the opportunity to dance all night. With that in mind, it’s no surprise that there’s a thriving and varied nightlife. Berghain is one of the top nightclubs in the world, where you can party until daybreak and watch the sun rise over the city from the Panorama Bar.
If you’re not looking for the party scene, you’ll find just as much variety in the bars and pubs spread around the city. Whether you like the calm café style of the west, or the kitsch charm of Kreuzberg, there’s sure to be something to suit your tastes. And hotels in Berlin come in all shapes and sizes, whether you’re looking for a bit of last-minute luxury or just a cheap hotel to rest your head, there’s something for you in Berlin.
Berlin has a range of foods to fit all culinary tastes. Currywurst is a delicious and spicy street snack that’s friendly on the budget, but if you’re looking to indulge you’ll be spoilt for choice. Whether you’re after traditional German dishes (Bratkartoffeln is always a favourite), or more contemporary fusions you’ll find somewhere to whet your appetite. And if you’re up late, hungry from last night’s party, many of Berlin’s restaurants serve breakfast well into the afternoon.
But the beer halls and delicious food are only scraping the surface; Berlin is a cultural goldmine. Museum Island sits as a UNESCO world heritage site in the middle of the Spree River, housing five of Berlin’s best museums in a truly vast collection.
Berlin is also home to over six hundred art galleries built around a thriving artistic community. Be sure to see The Eastside Gallery, an extensive section of the Berlin Wall, still standing, covered in over a hundred paintings, making it the largest open air gallery anywhere.
A rich history
Berlin boasts some fascinating architecture due to the city’s varied history. You can still see the contrast between the regimented plattenbauten of the east and the more traditional styles of the west, between the charm of the older buildings and the sleekness of the modernist restorations. Take the opportunity to stand beneath the iconic Brandenburg gate, today seen as a symbol of the unified city after many reconstructions.
Splash some cash
Berlin is a great place to unload some hard earned cash. Explore the Hackisher Markt, searching for bargains amongst the flea market stalls. Alternatively, save some money on a cheap hotel and go large on the designer stores of Friedrichstrasse and bring back some real luxury from your getaway.