Berlin was onceprimarily known for the wall that divided the city, but today it’s a unitedcity, renowned for its museums and festivals. Made up of twelve distinctdistricts, each with its own identity, its setup makes Berlineasy to navigate and explore. If you like history, hit the central Mittedistrict where you’ll find Berlin's finestmuseums, including the Pergamon Museum and Bode Museum. Then, of course, thereMuseum Island, a whole island dedicated to cultural treasure troves. A shortwalk to the east and you’ll find the DDR Museum, where you learn more aboutlife under the East German regime.
Besides the Tiergarten district of Mitte you'llfind a memorial to a dark chapter in German history, the sombre Holocaust Monument.It is a moving tribute to the 6 million Jews murdered during World War II. TheMonument to the Berlin Wall is just a short walkfrom here, just to the north. Explore the park and you'll find parts of thewall still preserved.
Political changes, innovation and inventivenesshave contributed to rebuilt the Berlin of today; acity where, despite the damage of the past, you can still admire examples greatarchitecture. Walk through the baroque Charlottenburg Palace or visit theBerliner Cathedral, a grand and beautiful building of sandstone. The Reichstag,the German parliament building, is perhaps the pinnacle of different styles; onthe original classic structure is now an ultra-modern glass dome with 360 degreeviews of Berlin. Take a look at the neoclassicalstyle of the BrandenburgGate, known today as a symbol of peace and unity.
Besides the extensive art and culture, Berlinhas some beautiful, spacious parks. Pack a picnic and head towards the Tiergarten,with tree-lined paths and neatly manicured lawns; it’s Berlin's answer toCentral Park in New York. The famous Berlin Zoo was opened on the grounds ofthe Tiergarten in 1844 and is home to hundreds of animals, including giantpandas and polar bears.
In addition, there’re a number of public squares worthvisiting, like Alexanderplatz and Potsdamer Platz. Potsdamer Platz was thelocation of the first traffic lights in Europe, but was utterly destroyedduring World War II. After this, during the partition, the square became a kindof limbo. Since then, it has recently undergone a major refurbishment, whichhas made it one of the most impressive public spaces in Europe. Here foodiescan indulge in local specialties such eisbein (pork knuckle) and schnitzel.
Day trips from the city centre are very popular.Take the train and in just an hour you’ll be at the historic city ofBrandenburg an der Havel, where you’ll find an abundance of nice pubs,restaurants and a picturesque lake. If you all want to go for an adventure, youcan take the train to Frankfurt, which is just a short train ride on.