Berlin has had a turbulent history and whilst admittedly not the prettiest of cities (plenty of industrial Germany to be found here) it is still vibrant and attracts millions of tourists every year. It is a city with lots of history but with a vibrant nightlife and growing art and culture scene – Berlin is a city that has gone from strength to strength over the last 30 years.
If you’re seeking to discover the beautiful, historical and Berlin – you’ll have many options to choose from. The new Berlin is just waiting to be discovered, here’s how you can do it.
Things to see and do in Berlin
1. Alexanderplatz and Fernsehturm TV tower
Alexanderplatz is the most famous city square in Germany and home of the 368 meter high Fernsehturn TV tower. If you’re a lover of views and/or an owner of a camera that seeks awesome shots – the views for the tower’s observation deck are unmatched…it’s simply amazing. You can pretty much see the tower from everywhere in the city and from the tower you’ll see the entire city. It’s a must for sight seekers.
2. East side gallery
The East Side Gallery is an international memorial that stretches over 1km along the site of the famous (or infamous) Berlin Wall. This gallery embodies a lot of the young and arty spirit of Berlin. The open air art gallery features theartwork of graffiti artists and it’s so impressive. When Berlin was a divided city the western side played host to most of the famous graffiti but these days most of the work can be found of the wall’s eastern side.
3. The Holocaust Memorial
Although a very emotional place, the Holocaust Memorial is certainly worth the visit. The memorial site is made up of 2,711 large rectangular stones and is a tribute to the Jews that died during the war. The exhibition at the Information Centre documents the persecution and termination of European Jewry as well as the historic sites of the crimes. Every year, nearly half a million visitors come to the Information Centre and it’s definitely worth the visit. It’s also a free attraction.
4. The famous Reichstag
One of the most historic landmarks in Berlin, Reichstag is the seat of German Parliament and a huge attraction in the city. Much like Berlin – it has a rich and vast history and here you can even make an appointment before arrival to climb the famous glass dome and see the amazing views of the city.
5. See Grunewald
Berlin is a beautiful city, and so are the outskirts. If you’re staying in Berlin and seeking some peace and tranquillity, head to Grunewald. The large and grand stretch of Berlin’s largest forest is the perfect destination to find tranquillity. Be sure to check the weather first, but when you arrive there is plenty to do and see. You can go hiking, horseback riding, cycling, or even enjoying a picnic. Or, if you want – you can just wander or take a guided wander – tours are available!
Whatever your plans for visiting Berlin, you’ll enjoy all the city has to offer. A great city for coffee shops and people watching – it’s impossible to be bored here.
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Nelson is New Zealand’s geographic centre and is also the target for many weekend trips by gourmands. Nelson has often been described as a lifestyle as opposed to a mere city. It is the city most kiwis want to retire to – with the sunshine, great options in food, parks and access to parks, rivers and beaches, who wouldn’t?
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People visiting Nelson recommend hiring a car and travelling across these regions with an open mind as the best way to be left sweetly surprised! The perfect weather and topography of the region demands no prior preparation. All that one has to carry while visiting Nelson is the appetite!Add a comment