Whether Sonnenallee (Sun Avenue), Berlin Zoologischer Garten Station, Potsdamer Platz or the government district. Everyone knows Berlin from TV, movies or books. But only those who have already visited the German capital know the what the Berlin lifestyle is. There are plenty of reasons to make a visit to the German centre of power: strolling around Unter den Linden, visiting the Museum Island, taking a selfie with Christian Lindner in the Bundestag, or just slurping a Berliner Weiße on the Ku’Damm.
Speaking of Cold War. It is still as present in Berlin today as it is not in any other place in the world, because after all, double paving rows throughout the city still remind of the division of the city. If you want to know more about this dark chapter of Berlin, put on your hiking backpack and follow the Berlin Wall Trail, which leads you for example to the Checkpoint Charlie Museum on Bernauer Strasse, where there is still an original part of the death strip. Definitely worth seeing.
At least as impressive is a trip to Checkpoint Charlie, the most famous border crossing point in the world, which boasts a worth seeing exhibition. The history trip is completed with a visit to the Glienicke Bridge, where the wind still whistles the James Bond theme - after all, the steel structure is also known as the "Bridge of the Spies".
Well, not much is left of the fine French court etiquette that existed during the Prussian times in Berlin. But there are innumerable museums worth seeing, which will make the hearts of culture lovers beat faster. First and foremost is the picturesque Museum Island in the middle of the Spree river, where you can marvel at 19th-century art in the Alte Nationalgalerie, walk through the famous blue Ishtar Gate in the Pergamon Museum or pay a visit to the Neues Museum where you can admire the Nefertiti bust.
The exploration tour continues in the historic centre of Berlin Mitte, where you can stroll on the boulevard Unter den Linden, explore the Berlin Cathedral and shoot a few souvenir photos at the foot of the Brandenburg Gate. The historic sightseeing tour is completed with a trip to the Victory Column and the Charlottenburg Palace, which still exudes a royal glow with its gardens and Baroque façades.
A real insider’s tip for anyone who wants to experience a piece of contemporary history is the still unfinished airport BER. And who knows, maybe the citizens will take over the helm at the BER according to the Berlin motto "We live the temporaries" and make it a popular recreational area like the old Tempelhof Airport.
If you've always wanted to know who's responsible for building Berlin's cycle paths in a zigzag pattern, then you've come to the right place in the power centre of Berlin. Start at the Red Town Hall in direction to Spreebogen, where you can either visit the Federal President at Bellevue Palace, admire the state-of-the-art Paul Löbe House or catch a glimpse of Angela Merkel in front of the Federal Chancellery.
Whether you are really interested in politics or rather in popcorn cinema, in the Reichstag, the seat of the German Bundestag, you will definitely get your money's worth. After an exciting tour, in which with a bit of luck you can take a selfie with Christian Lindner, you can now make a trip to the visitor's gallery. But be careful not to rustle too loud with your popcorn and laugh out loud - after all, you're not in the Maxim Gorki Theatre, which, incidentally, is definitely worth a visit.
"Get out there" is the motto before diving into Berlin’s nightlife, because without a good warm up, a bar tour is not recommended. Since most of the clubs in the capital do not open their doors before midnight, you can start the night in the over 500 bars of the city. Highly recommended are the "Fairytale Bar" in Friedrichshain, the elegant bar "Beckets Kopf" and the "Zyankali Bar", which live up to their name with the crazy hospital ambience. As soon as the witching hour approaches, you can finally head towards Kreuzberg.
True to the motto "Kreuzberg nights are long", you can dance all night in trendy clubs like "60 Hz", "Watergate" or "Auster Club", or enjoy the finest live rock in the "Chesters". When you go out you should understand a little "Berliner Schnauze". How else should you know how to help your neighbour, when he has "janz blümerant" (an upset stomach)?
And if you like it a bit quieter, you can just enjoy a cosy evening on Kurfürstendamm, with one or two Berliner Weiße - just like "Graf Koks" with a straw - as the Berliner says.