Berlin: A Big City

Berlin is the most populated city in Germany and as the capital of Germany, it is extremely diverse, wild, and untamed. There is just too much to do and see in this city. A super metropolis and home to the Chancellor of Germany, it’s not only a political hub but also a tourist one. Tons of well-curated museums flood the city streets, varied architecture with old styles and new combined into a single landscape is sight to be seen, and a robust, healthy nightlife keeps the energy flowing. It’s unfortunate we only stayed in Berlin for two days because it was absolutely not enough.

Be careful of tourist traps, gypsies, pickpockets, and scammers; they’ll come up to you to ask for donations but really are trying to distract you and get your wallet.

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What to Do

1. Brandenburg Gate (Brandenburger Tor)

Free to visit, the gate is one of Berlin’s most important landmark monuments. A former symbol of the divided city, it was a part of the Berlin wall, standing between East and West Germany. Now it has turned into a symbol of unity.

2. Museum Island (Museumsinsel)

Museum Island is the name given to a group of five museums nestled together on a small island in the Spree River between 1824 and 1930. Due to its cultural and architectural monument, it was awarded the UNESCO World Heritage Status in 1999. Its museums are famous for housing the legendary bust of the Egyptian queen Nefertiti, the breathtaking Pergamon Altar, and the stunning Ishtar Gate. The Pergamonmuseum is the favorite among the five.

3. Reichstag (and Bundestag)

The home of the German Parliament this unique building is available to the public for observation tower/dome (Bundestag) visits upon reservations much ahead of time. If you can’t make a reservation, visiting its outside lawn is a good enough to take a decent picture.

4. Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe

This memorial piece takes the form of 2,711 blocks of varying heights arranged across the area of a housing block(some measure up to 6 feet tall) made to memorialize the 6 million Jewish victims of the Third Reich.

5. Berlin Wall

Walk the Berlin Wall The Wall was mostly demolished between June and November 1990 although a restored stretch remains along the southern border of Wedding and Mitte. Visit Checkpoint Charlie, the famous east-west border control during the Cold War and now a tourist centre, for comprehensive display boards telling the Wall’s story. For more of a visual history, take a walk along the Wall by the Spree, where it runs between the Freidrichshain-Kreuzberg districts.

6. Berlin Bike Tour

See the sights by bike If you’re hard-pressed for time, get on two wheels for a quickie tour of the must-do sights. Central Berlin is well supplied with bike-rental outlets, and the city has a welc

7. Tiergarten

The expansive (at 630 acres) Tiergarten sprawls from central Berlin westward and attracts all those looking for respite from the city’s clamor. The name of the park translates to “Animal Garden” because it served as a hunting ground for select Germans during the 17th century

8. Potsdamer Platz

Pre-World War II, Potsdamer Platz was Berlin’s main plaza and a bustling one at that – but the ensuing wars left it ravaged. Afte

8. Currywurst Museum

9. TV Tower (Fernsehturm)

For the ever-popular panorama of the city, the Fernsehturm (TV Tower) is a great place to go. Standing at more than 650 fe

10. Charlottenburg Palace (Schloss Charlottenburg)

Beginning its life as a summer home for the royal family in the late 17th century, Schloss Charlottenburg became a lavish

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