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Visiting Berlin

The reunited city of Berlin is cool, cosmopolitan, and popular with artists and young people, echoing its pre-World War II prominence as a capital of bohemian subculture. Pockets of prewar architecture contrast with the übermodern Potsdamer Platz, but all eyes turn to the jazz cafés, beer halls, and other nightlife options when the sun goes down.

Berlin’s rebound has proven spectacular since it reclaimed its mantle as the capital of Germany in 1990. Today it is host to about 420 art galleries and 153 museums and is headquarters to high-tech biomedical engineering and optoelectronic industries. Well known for its festivals—especially the Berlin Film Festival—there is no lack of cultural things to do in Berlin. One third of the city is green space, lakes, and rivers, so there are plenty of outdoor activities, too.

Restaurants in Berlin are diverse, but one treat not to miss is a hearty German breakfast. Once you’ve toured and tasted your heart out on the West side and the East, sleep at one of Berlin’s ... Read More
The reunited city of Berlin is cool, cosmopolitan, and popular with artists and young people, echoing its pre-World War II prominence as a capital of bohemian subculture. Pockets of prewar architecture contrast with the übermodern Potsdamer Platz, but all eyes turn to the jazz cafés, beer halls, and other nightlife options when the sun goes down.

Berlin’s rebound has proven spectacular since it reclaimed its mantle as the capital of Germany in 1990. Today it is host to about 420 art galleries and 153 museums and is headquarters to high-tech biomedical engineering and optoelectronic industries. Well known for its festivals—especially the Berlin Film Festival—there is no lack of cultural things to do in Berlin. One third of the city is green space, lakes, and rivers, so there are plenty of outdoor activities, too.

Restaurants in Berlin are diverse, but one treat not to miss is a hearty German breakfast. Once you’ve toured and tasted your heart out on the West side and the East, sleep at one of Berlin’s hotels or hostels. To get to know the city before you find a flight, check out our travelers’ sehr schön photos of their trips to the Millennium City. You’ll be saying “I am a jelly donut” in no time.    Close

Stories and Tips Berlin

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Berlin

Written by manatwork on 21 Sep, 2011

The following morning, we flew to Berlin on Air Berlin. We had a little trouble locating our hostel, but when we got there, I was surprised to find that the hostel was actually pretty nice although linen was not provided. Unfortunately, the weather in Berlin…Read More


A Distinguished Silhouette over the Landwehrkanal

Written by Praskipark on 22 May, 2009

Last year when I visited Berlin on a 4 day trip, the Bauhaus-Archive Museum was one of the great museums in the city I chose to visit. The museum is situated by the Landwehrkanal which runs parallel to the River Spree in Berlin. The building…Read More


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Walking around Berlin

Written by mikro on 18 Sep, 2008

One can easily see Berlin by walking and using the extensive transit system. Upon arrival at Tegel airport, we purchased a 3 day Welcome card and guide book. A bus took us to the center of Mitte - Alexanderplatz- where one can transfer to the…Read More


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World Cup 2006

Written by ripplefan2 on 14 Jun, 2007

I was lucky enough this past summer to experience a phenomenon that most American’s have never been privy to experience. And that was visiting a World Cup Soccer host country during the games while the host country was playing and doing well. I was working…Read More


Döner Kebab and Other Turkish Delights

Written by eviet on 02 Dec, 2006

After a long Saturday night in New York City, when I’m inhaling a glistening slice of 4am pepperoni pizza, my thoughts waver to one delicious thing—döner. It’s the epitome of non-commercial fast food in Berlin. Created by Turkish immigrants, the döner is a magnificent piece…Read More


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What to Do When You Have Just 2 Days

Written by SilentOnlooker on 07 Jul, 2006

I don’t dare presume that I know what you should do if you had just 2 precious days in Berlin, but t’was a catchy title. Warning: I’m not a museum buff, but Berlin had lots of these if you are; I like being outdoors, taking…Read More


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Running Free

Written by 80 Ways Tim on 26 Jun, 2005

Our host in Berlin, Sion, had informed us that a nearby bike shop was in possession of a vehicle that was worthy of our attention. He described it to us: a giant bike that seven people could ride, all sitting in a big circle and…Read More


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Police Cars and Ambulances

Written by 80 Ways Tim on 21 Jun, 2005

We almost got a ride in a police car and an ambulance today--not, as we might have hoped, as another transport method to tick off on our list, but rather as the result of a phone call to the German emergency services. Our plan for the…Read More


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The Embassy Run - Part II

Written by 80 Ways Tim on 17 Jun, 2005

After a year's worth of planning and organising, we were on our way. All the preparations and red tape were behind us. All we had to do now was the actual travelling. Right? So why was it that 6 days into our trip, I found myself…Read More


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Enchanting landscape along the Havel river

Written by marif on 20 Dec, 2004

Neither as elegant nor as gracefully laid as Park Sanssouci--nor as imposing or majestic--the parklands north of Potsdam's Altstadt are nonetheless ideal for hikers and those looking for a serene picnic area away from the disturbing crowds. The tourist attractions in terms of preserved buildings…Read More


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