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Great German Holiday Destinations – Berlin

July 28, 2017

Since the Wall came down in 1990 Berlin has become a major tourist destination. Returning the city to its position as Germany's capital, the reunification metamorphosised Berlin into the country's vibrant, creative heart.

 

Berlin has something on offer for everyone. There are green spaces for kids, quirky cafes for hipsters and a wealth of museums and places of interest for budding historians. Boutique trendy places to stay and high-end hotels attract holiday makers. Berlin is a fascinating place to visit at any time of the year.

 

Berlin has something on offer for everyone. There are green spaces for kids, quirky cafes for hipsters and a wealth of museums and places of interest for budding historians. Boutique trendy places to stay and high-end hotels attract holiday makers. Berlin is a fascinating place to visit at any time of the year.

 

 

The Berlin Wall

Once the giant, guarded concrete symbol of the Cold War divided East Berlin from West. The East German Communist Party leader announced that East Germans could cross the border in 1989 and cross they did. In a party-like atmosphere, people climbed over the wall and met with those on the west side. The wall was demolished by the late nineties with the exception of a few key sections.

 

The most famous remaining part of the wall is The East Side Gallery. It is the largest open air art gallery in the world and consists of 105 paintings. Artists from around the world created images of hope and peace on the long section of the Wall. It is an inspiring destination for visitors of all ages.

 

 

Reichstag

The Reichstag is the seat of the German Parliament. During the thirties the beautiful building almost burned down, it fell into disuse following the Second World War and was only refurbished in 1999. Since then it has housed Parliament.

 

Guided tours and climbs to the top of the dome are available when Parliament is not sitting. The architecture is breath taking and coupled with the buildings interesting history a visit to Reichstag is top of the list of places to see in Berlin.

 

 

Museum Island

In Berlin, there is an area devoted to museums. The site boasts five UNESCO World Heritage accredited museums. From ancient Egyptian artefacts to the soul stirring paintings of Monet, Museum Island offers holiday makers a unique experience. Entry for children under the age of eighteen is usually free which makes the destination a great place to visit with youngsters.

 

Berlin Zoo

Another marvellous location for families. The zoo is home to 15,000 animals most of which live in large open air enclosures. The zoo was opened in 1844 and provides an opportunity for people to get up close and personal with some of the planets most interesting creatures.

 

 

 

 

Bars

Berlin is famed for its diverse nightlife. There are bars, pubs, and clubs to cater for every taste. In Prater, the city's oldest beer garden, visitors can sit under the illuminated trees and share a great value beer with friends. An old power station was converted into the huge Panorama Bar where the party lasts for not just hours but days at a time. Elegant cocktail bars and old dance halls offer a more reserved entertainment option whilst jazz clubs present an intimate alternative. Berlin truly comes to life at night.

 

 

Shopping

Shopping until you drop is easy in Berlin. The city is home to Europe's largest department store – KaDeWe. The store has a gourmet food hall as well as clothes from some of the worlds most famous designers. There are fashion shops on top of fashion shops in Berlin, it's a shopaholic's dream.

 

 

 

Food

Berlin is the home of the famous currywurst. No trip to Berlin is complete without sampling this culinary delight of sausage in curry sauce. Of course, Berlin is about much more than just low-cost sausage snacks, it is increasingly about fine dining. There are many Michelin star restaurants to enjoy.

 

There's so much to do, see and learn in Berlin that it can't possibly be done in just one weekend. Once you've visited Germany's eclectic capital city you'll want to go back again and again.

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