From the Berlin Wall to the Brandenburg Gate, the Victory Column to Checkpoint Charlie – it’s undeniable that some of the world’s most fascinating historical monuments are here in Berlin. But it’s not just the city’s complex history that makes the city worth a visit. Dubbed the techno capital of Europe and with clubs with no real closing time, if you want to experience an unparalleled party scene, then Berlin is the place for you.
When to go
December in Berlin might be cold, but the warmth of the Christmas markets more than makes up for it. Alternatively, June might just be the best summer month to visit. The weather is usually great, and it won’t be as busy as in July or August.
Food & Drink
For an eclectic array of delicious food, head to Markthalle Neun in the heart of trendy Kreuzberg. Open on Thursdays evenings, this street food market is one of Berlin’s most delectable culinary experiences. Alternatively, for a Michelin starred experience, head to Facil. Here, chefs serve up an unpretentious and creative eight-course set menu. With a retractable glass roof and beautiful surroundings, a meal at Facil is a meal to remember.
Not to miss
Head to the Berliner Unterwelten museum to take one of their tours around Berlin’s subterranean sights. Wander around WWII air raid shelters, secret underground tunnels, and see what a nuclear fallout shelter would have been like in the Cold War.
Famed for having clubs with no set closing time, there’s no better place for a night on the tiles than the German capital. For a true Berlin experience, head to the famous techno club Berghain. Set in a former power station, with incredible acoustics and a top-notch sound system, this club is worth the queue.
Where to stay in Berlin
If you want to be in the centre of everything, then Mitte - which translates as middle - with its proximity to the city’s main sights, is the best place to stay. Alternatively, stay in the café- and boutique-strewn Schöneberg, or the charming but more residential Prenzlauer Berg.
How to get there
The main airports are Tegel Airport (TXL), and Schönefeld Airport (SXF), and there are numerous railway stations with connections to the rest of the country and beyond, the main one being Berlin Hauptbahnhof.
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