Berlin’s captivating combination of modern glamour and tangible history make it one of Europe’s most interesting holiday destinations. Indeed, since the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989, Berlin has become a cutting-edge resort for culture, architecture, nightlife and shopping.
When to Visit Berlin
The best time to visit Berlin is during the summer months (between May and early September) as this is when the city experiences its best weather. During the summer months, daylights lasts until 9pm, giving you plenty of sunlight to enjoy the city’s abundance of outdoor attractions and open-air performances.
In addition, visiting Berlin during summer gives you the opportunity to enjoy some of the city’s most famous events including the Berlin Beer Festival and Musikfest Berlin.
As Berlin is such a popular destination for both holidaymakers and business travellers, you will find an abundance of accommodation here. One of the most popular places for tourists to stay is in the Mitte area as many of Berlin’s leading attractions are in walking distance. In addition, the area is in close proximity to Berlin’s famous nightlife.
However, cheaper accommodation can be found in the Charlottenburg and Wilmersdorf neighbourhoods. In addition, much of the accommodation here is housed in charming 19th century buildings.
What to Do in Berlin
Berlin has a number of important landmarks to visit. The Reichstag building is one of Berlin’s major landmarks. The building has been reconstructed following the damage it endured in the 20th century and has a glass dome which offers panoramic views of the city. The Brandenburg Gate is another famous landmark not to be missed. The arch dates back to the late Eighteenth Century and takes design cues from Athens’s Acropolis.
Popular with history buffs and families alike is Berlin’s acclaimed Museum Island. This massive museum complex is a UNESCO World Heritage site houses the Old National gallery and a good selection of museums such as the Pergamon Museum and the Neues Museum. The Pergamon Musuem is huge three-wing complex and is one of the most important ancient history museums on the planet. The Neues Museum is another significant ancient history museum and its highlights include a Neanderthal skull, mummies and the bust of Egyptian queen Nefertiti.
Berlin is encompassed by a considerable greenbelt, blessing the capital with an abundance of outdoor parks. The Grunewald Forest is the largest green space in Berlin and has a number of paths and lakes to explore. In addition, large areas of the forest have been transformed into nature reserves. Other popular parks include the picturesque Peacock Island and the Berlin Botanical Gardens.