Berlin – A City with Many Faces: Berlin, Germany
Berlin is often on a backpacker’s to-do list when travelling due to its excellent location in central Europe, with short distances to Krakow or even Amsterdam, and it’s magnitude of sights and discoveries. It’s a thriving city with a long history from World War II as well as massive cultural momentum, easily displayed by the vast amount of venues and galleries spread across the city, so why not book your short break in Berlin today?
With the city divided into districts, it feels like you are visiting little towns in one area. Friedrichshain in the very east has in the recent years become the cool area to be, in particular on the weekends with its bars, restaurants and cafes. Little eclectic shops can be found hidden on the side streets for that unique item to bring home. For the tourist in you, the must-see sight would be the East Side Gallery running along the river with the remaining Berlin Wall decorated in various artworks.
Just a touch more south, Kreuzberg is the home of the hipster crowds and artists, with the artistic boutiques and odd nightlife spots, in particular on Oranienstrasse. As the district has a large Turkish population, the food culture is exceptional and there is no visiting Kreuzberg without tasting a proper Döner and getting the taste of Istanbul. For the music fans out there, Kreuzberg is filled with venues ranging from small intimate shows to the large and intense. On any given night you are sure to experience a musical delight somewhere in town.
For the more high-end feel, and the shopping lovers, Mitte is the place to be. Starting at the Brandenburg Gate, Unter den Linden offers a street filled with historical architecture and designer shops leading the way until Alexanderplatz, Berlin’s shopping mecca. For those not scared of heights, a dinner at the top of the rotating, high-rising TV tower is an experience worth having. For the art and history kids, the Museum Island including the Pergamon filled with ancient Greek artefacts, is simply fabulous.