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You can’t pigeonhole Berlin at all, and it is precisely this fact that makes the city so unique. Originally the symbol of the Cold War and division of Germany, the former “Walled-in City” at the border between West and East Europe has developed into a permanently attractive travel destination since the Wall came down. The Berlin Wall divided one of the most popular metropolises in Europe for almost 30 years. When it came down on 9th November 1989, the world changed. For those who would like to go on a tour of discovery for the traces of the Wall where it used to run, there are many possibilities: one way is to experience the division at first hand at the Bernauer Straße Memorial, where the division created by the Wall is brought back to life by original parts of the actual death strips. Other places where you can trace the Berlin Wall are the East Side Gallery, the former border crossing point between East and West Berlin Checkpoint Charlie, and the associated Wall Museum. These days, the appeal of Berlin is its fascinating mixture of history and zeitgeist, offering diverse attractions in art, culture, music, entertainment and countless shopping possibilities. The modern hotel landscape, an incredibly diverse gastronomy and unbeatably favourable prices certainly bear comparison with international standards. Plus the city’s vibrant and flourishing creative scene and hot music and club culture put their own unique stamp on the unmistakable character of the lifestyle metropolis. To be true, the first time you visit Berlin, you want to see the famous attractions. However, the second visit (at the latest) it’ll be clear what really attracts you about Berlin. Whether lover of culture or scene frequenter – you’ll be sure to find what you’re looking for in one of the city districts. Berlin has 12 in number and each of them possesses its own particular charm: in Berlin-Mitte fashion rules the roost – alongside Chancellor Merkel, Neukölln has been transformed from a problem area into the scene district Berlin’s western city centre is now enjoying a renaissance, Prenzlauer Berg is famous for its family-friendly reputation, Kreuzberg has its multicultural scene and Friedrichshain is the centre of the alternate lifestyle. Check out our YouTube channel to get inspired: www.youtube.com/user/Berlin
Whether you see the sights of Berlin by coach, steamer, bicycle or on foot – you’ll pass a lot of famous buildings and memorials. We’ll tell you which ones you really can’t afford to miss!
The Official Berlin Tourist Pass - One ticket, more than 200 attractions, an endless amount of Berlin! Your advantages: • Travel on trains, busses and trams throughout the city • Discount of up to 50% on entry at 200 attractions, such as the famous TV Tower, the DDR Museum, the sightseeing bus and much more. • Map of Berlin and comprehensive guide book • Versions available that include Potsdam or the Museum Island • Tickets are available for 48h to 6 days • Print-at-home, receive by mail or buy voucher tickets • Prices start at 19,90€ for a 48h ticket Conveniently order your ticket online and use it straight on arrival: www.berlin-welcomecard.de/en/buy-tickets All info at: www.berlin-welcomecard.de/en Contact for enquries: Berlin Service Center +49 30 - 25 00 25 To receive a print copy of the Berlin WelcomeCard Guide simply present the ticket at any Berlin Tourist Info Centre or at service points of BVG+S-Bahn Berlin: • Berlin Tourist Info Centres • BVG + S-Bahn Berlin • Berlin airports Tegel (TXL) + Schönefeld (SXF) More infos at: www.berlin-welcomecard.de/en NEW – the Berlin WelcomeCard all inclusive Premium pass with free entry at 30 attractions! www.berlin-welcomecard.de/berlin-welcomecard-all-inclusive
Although Berlin is always worth a visit, some dates really stand out. The Berlin Event Calendar is full of attractions and events, fairs and sporting highlights. Whether opera, theatre, musical or concert – with well over a thousand different cultural events to choose from, you’re sure to find the right one for you! The Friedrichstadt-Palast, Europe’s biggest revue theatre with its legendary high-stepping girls’ line, or variety theatres like the "Chamäleon Varieté" guarantee non-stop entertainment. The musical productions at Potsdamer Platz or in the Theatre des Westens offer music, breathtaking stage settings and choreographies that are sure to enchant you. You’ll receive the surprise of your life when you see the Blue Man Group: this show, mixing concert, comedy and special-effects is one of a kind!
From a 3-course menu in a star-rated restaurant to boulettes or a doner kebab in the local snack bar – there’s something to suit everybody’s taste at good value for money in Berlin. There are just no limits to the culinary diversities: whether Australian or French cuisine, exotic Asian dishes or the Berliner currywurst, for gastronomic globetrotters there are international delicacies and regional specialities. Berlin’s regional cuisine is solid and tasty, and served in cosy traditional pubs. A particular speciality is breakfast, which many cafés offer all day long – ideal for night owls who like to lie in a bit longer in the morning. In summer, the city life moves outside: beach bars along the banks of the Spree with a view of the water are specially favoured. They are perfect places for enjoying a cocktail or sipping a Berliner Weisse (wheat beer) after a sightseeing tour. The popular summer drink, a beer speciality mixed with raspberry or Waldmeister (woodruff) syrup, is something you really shouldn’t miss out on!
The streets of the Berlin scene neighbourhoods are choc-a-bloc full with cafés. They have everything that you need for a good start to the day, from lactose-free latte macchiato to a hearty buffet. Whether self-service or attentive service, sitting comfortably in upholstered chairs or just squatting on a bar stool, there’s breakfast seven days a week and in some cafés even 24 hours a day – not for nothing is Berlin the city with the widest range of breakfasts. In the afternoons, what better than to take a break from sightseeing or shopping in one of the Berlin’s countless cafés. A quick cappuccino or home-made cake in a pleasant atmosphere is just the ticket for reading your newspaper in peace and quiet or leisurely observing people. Many coffee houses provide their guests with WLAN internet access and sockets for their laptop. When the sun starts shining, there’s a rush to move tables and chairs outside so that the guests can sit outside and enjoy the weather.
It doesn’t matter whether you just want to round off the day or get started for the night ahead – you’re sure to find the right sort of bar to plan your individual evening in Berlin. The spectrum ranges from the exclusive hotel bar via the trendy haunt with its modern design or traditional drop-in pub round the corner right up to the exotic cocktail bar or oriental shisha bar. Particularly popular are the sky bars in the high-rise buildings on Ku’damm, at Alex or Potsdamer Platz. There is a spectacular view to be had of Berlin at night from high over the city’s roofs. The Berlin nightlife is legendary. The parties. The music. The people. In this respect it’s a question of “Your wish is Berlin’s command”! Well-known DJs present the latest sounds to their audiences in the city’s countless clubs, bars and discotheques. And there are always new clubs shooting up out of the ground everywhere. The intent of the party people is obvious: dance, have fun and party into the small hours. Because there are no closing hours in Berlin. TIP: It doesn’t matter if you’re a chic chick, easy jetsetter, gay gent or 9-to-5 type – a glance at our ClubMATCHER (at: www.clubmatcher.de) will help you to find the sort of club you’re looking for.
Lovers of exclusive designer fashion, bargain hunters, trendsetters looking for the latest fashion and all those, who would like to take more than just pleasant memories of their stay in Berlin home with them, are guaranteed to get their money’s worth thanks to all the diverse possibilities for shopping in the large shopping centres, department stores, small shops and exclusive boutiques in the city. No matter whether hip, casual and trendy or classical, elegant and timeless – there’s something here for all tastes and purses. And the practically unrestricted opening times (except Sundays) in this shopping paradise will only make the hearts of all shopping fans beat that faster, rather along the lines of the slogan: “Shop until you drop”! One of the most popular shopping streets is of course Kurfürstendamm: here it’s even worth investigating the side streets for your shopping spree. The Kaufhaus des Westens (KaDeWe for short) in Tauentzienstraße is the largest department store on the European mainland and has an enormous range of goods for you to look and marvel at (and also buy!). In Berlin-Mitte the legendary Friedrichstraße now exudes a cosmopolitan flair thanks to its new architecture and chic stores like the Galeries Lafayette or Quartier 206. Alexa at Alexanderplatz is also a great place for shopping. For those who are searching for new trends and original accessories, having a look in the small shops dotted around the Hackesche Höfe in the former Scheunenviertel (barn district) would be well worthwhile. There are lots of young Berlin designers represented in Münzstraße as well as Alte and Neue Schönhauser Straße. And let’s not forget that Kastanienallee in Prenzlauer Berg or Bergmannstraße in Kreuzberg also have some pretty hot fashion shops too. Tip for bargain hunters: The numerous flea markets in Berlin are veritable paradises to rummage through, for example Sundays at Straße des 17. June, in the Mauerpark (Wall park) or at Boxhagener Platz.
Berlin - The Sports Capital Berlin is Germany's top city for sport and sports fans. High-class events attract sports enthusiasts and spectators from around the world. Berlin hosts several major sporting events every year and many have become legendary: the BMW Berlin-Marathon is one of the top running events worldwide
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