Berlin is the capital city of Germany, found in the north eastern part of the country. This city merges glamorous sophistication with gritty street cred unlike anywhere in the world, resulting in an unusual combination of cultural art galleries, guerrilla music clubs, fine dining establishments and ethnic street food kiosks. Thanks to its massive diversity, the places to stay within the city are equally varied, ranging from luxury hotels to cheap accommodation in Berlin.
Whatever you’re in to, your vacation preferences are sure to be catered for in Berlin. If you like shopping, there’s the huge Sunday flea market at Mauer Park, KaDeWe – the largest department store in Europe and Prenzlauer Berg where you’ll find all sorts of vintage clothing. For culture vultures, there’s the UNESCO-protected Museum Island with five different museums, the DDR Museum which offers a glimpse into the past and the artsy Bauhaus Museum.
If you want to stay close to all the attractions in the center of the city, look for cheap apartments in Berlin instead of hotels – they’re usually much better value for money.
Families shouldn’t pass up on the opportunity to explore the city by bike (you’ll find bike-rental outlets scattered throughout Berlin), discover the wonders of the Zoologischer Garten & Aquarium and take in a film at dusk at the Kulturforum Potsdamer Platz open-air cinema.
With such an incredible history, a trip to Berlin isn’t complete without stepping back in time and seeing the historically-rich sites. The Jüdisches Museum details the story of Berlin’s Jewish population, the Holocaust Memorial is a strikingly profound memory of past events and the restored Berlin Wall tells a deep story which is sure to leave you mesmerised.
However you decide to spend your vacation, make sure you set aside some time to enjoy the city’s delicious and characteristic currywurst for dinner then head to one of the incredible 24-hour nightclubs where you can dance until sunrise before returning to your affordable hotel in Berlin and getting some much-deserved rest.