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Berlin is pure history in full view

Many cities tell a story, but Berlin's extraordinary history makes for a particularly interesting one. The city has underdone huge transformation since the "fall of the wall”, but it's histoty remains front and center. With a lively youth and artistic culture, it professes over 170 museums, hundreds of music clubs and many outdoor public gardens.

In between from enjoying trendy bistros, street festivals, museums, rock concerts and/or shopping at the cutting-edge boutiques, a visit to the historical sites is in-order. Here we take a look at the top things to do during your holiday in Berlin.

Berlin Wall

The Berlin Wall divided West and East Berlin during the Cold War. It sits east of the city centre along the River Spree and is now considered an international memorial for freedom. Paintings from world-wide artists are featured on the eastern side of the wall, known as the “East Side Gallery.”

 Brandenburg Gate 

The Brandenburg Gate is a ‘symbol of unity’ and is one of the few original surviving structures from the bombings of WWII. Constructed in 1791, it was custom-built to mirror Athens’ Acropolis. The gate prevailed as the national image during the Nazis regime.

Checkpoint Charlie

During Berlin’s Cold War history, Checkpoint Charlie was the document check point to enter between West Germany and East Germany. A replica wooden sentry shed now stands in its place.

Holocaust Memorial

Pay homage to those who lost their lives during the Nazi regime at the Holocaust Memorial which opened to the public in 2005. The Memorial contains collections of artwork and a sectional underground museum which recounts the terrifying tales during this dark period.

Siegessäule

Constructed in 1873 to honor the Prussian victory in the Danish-Prussian war, this 196 foot high monument is also known as Victory Column. It has a gilded figure atop depicting the Goddess of Victory. Walk up to the observatory for a panoramic view of Berlin.

Planning a Trip

Tegel International Airport (TXL) is the arrival airport servicing Berlin for scheduled flights arriving from numerous world-wide destinations. 

Hotels can be fairly expensive in Berlin, although there's likely to be something to suit your budget. As an alternative, rent an affordable holiday apartment through a site like Airbnb that allows you to live like a native. If you're nervous about Airbnb, read my beginner's guide to Airbnb here.

Berlin can easily be explored by bike on paths designated for touring on your own. Another option is its fine public transportation system (S-Bahn and U-Bahn).


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Posted by HappyTimeBlog
on 22nd May 2012 and
updated on 1st March 2021

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