For stark reminders of Berlin’s communist past, visit Checkpoint Charlie and the largest remaining section of the Berlin Wall at the East Side Gallery. Visit Berlin Zoo, one of the oldest in Germany, and the impressive Berlin Aquarium. Take in breathtaking city views from the Soviet-built TV Tower at Alexanderplatz. The iconic Reichstag also offers wonderful vistas looking towards the world-famous Brandenburg Gate.
Shopping in Berlin
Pick up some gourmet goodies at Berlin’s famous KaDeWe department store. For designer label shopping, make your way to chic Kurfürstendamm or Friedrichstrasse. Hunt for bargains at a flea market or browse the alternative fashion boutiques in trendy Hackescher Markt and bohemian Prenzlauer Berg. Make sure you stop at Fassbender and Rausch for delectable chocolate treats and Europe’s first chocolate restaurant.
Berlin Christmas Markets
Soak up the festive atmosphere at a choice of 50 Christmas markets in Berlin. Pick up some gifts while enjoying the sweet sound of carol singing at the popular Schloss Charlottenburg and Kaiser Wilhelm Church markets. Experience the Sony Center’s Winter World, complete with ice rink, at buzzing Potsdamer Platz.
Experience Berlin nightlife
Berlin is renowned for its vibrant nocturnal scene and love for techno and clubbing - but you'll also be greeted by uber funky bars and pop-up venues. Rodeo nightclub and restaurant, housed in a war-era post office building, is a highlight of the lively Oranienburger Strasse. Buzzing bars and thriving cafés are to be found in Prenzlauer Berg and Hackescher Markt. Locals queue for entry into hip nightclub Berghain, in a former power plant in Friedrichshain.
Have your photograph taken at the famous Checkpoint Charlie border crossing and visit its fascinating museum. Immerse yourself in culture on Museum Island and learn about life in the former German Democratic Republic at the interactive DDR Museum. For fans of Berlin’s signature dish, there is even a Currywurst Museum. Many of Berlin’s museums and memorials are free of charge – ideal for those visiting on a budget.
Berlin outdoor adventures
Berlin’s appeal is enhanced by its lush city parks and urban beaches, which line the banks of the river Spree during the summer months. The city is best explored by bicycle, whether it’s the Tiergarten or Tempelhofer Park, an unused domestic airport which provides a vast open space. Berlin’s lake beaches are the place to go when temperatures soar – lounge on a striped Strandkorb, or beach basket, at Strandbad Wannsee in the west.