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City Guide Berlin, Germany

Visiting Berlin

While it was synonymous with a divided Germany for so many years in the past, Berlin now symbolizes the unification of the country. Today the German Parliament sits here to discuss issues affecting the country just footsteps away from the Brandenburg Gate, a reminder of both division and unity. The German capital also makes for the perfect city destination, with plenty to do both before and after dark.

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Berlin Podcasts

Berlin - On Museumsinsel

Located at the top of Unter den Linden in Berlin, Museumsinsel is where you will find the German capital's main museums. These include the Altes Museum and Pergamonmuseum. In this podcast Hostelworld.com's Colm Hanratty speaks to Mechtild Kronenburg from the National Museums of Berlin to find out about these museums and more.

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Berlin City Reviews

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    Anonymous

    nice shops with clothes

    Nightlife in Berlin is really awesome, but only few people which I met in the street know where is Berghain or another clubs.

    Insider Tip:Berlin is intensive city so you have more time than 2/3 days to see and feel everything!

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    Anonymous

    Berlin

    Berlin seemed to have a lot of cultural activity going on. Although it seems a bit desolate, with the abandoned buildings and the sprawling railways, it seems that people are using these. We got to see a couple of live shows on Warschauer Str. U Bahn station. It's a very good city if you want to go out or enjoy some cultural or artistic shows or events.

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    PDwho

    InterRail Stop 5

    Great place to party (awesome underground clubs), relax (large gardens) and great to learn about the history of Germany too.

    Insider Tip:Rent a Bike and take a bike tour around berlin

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    Anonymous

    Soooooooooo unique city

    If you want to go something really special unique very different with typical tour place, pick here!

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    Anonymous

    Not pretty but full of culture

    In our mixed group of friends Berlin was controversial. Some, including myself, loved it, while others found it boring. It's much more than just a sightseeing city because it's a living and breathing place full of interesting and different people, and it's only just growing from its recent history unlike very historical and static cities. It's neither particularly clean or pretty but actually that only adds to its unique story. Great nightlife if you prefer it more 'raw' than in most places.

    Insider Tip:Register for free outside the Bundestag (parliament building) to visit the dome above it. Great views, but also a symbolically important place to visit to really understand Berlin's past and it's new direction. Free audio guide included. The Story of Berlin museum is around €10 but well worth visiting if you have up to 2 hours spare and want to learn much more about the city's history. Quite interactive and theatrical.

Germany: Itinerary

Berlin is Germany's best known city due to its turbulent history. But that's all in the past now and Berlin is a city looking forward. It offers travellers the perfect mix of sightseeing, history and culture. On top of that it has a stomping nightlife and endless (yet reasonable) restaurants.

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