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 - 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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    Beautiful, Brilliant Berlin

    There's always something historical in Berlin, round almost every corner. I absolutely loved it and can't recommend it enough. You spend your day wandering round the historical sites (or round the fanzone at the Brandenburg Gate because we were lucky enough to be there during the World Cup) then go for a beautiful meal anywhere in the city. Seriously, it's all tremendous. Then at night hop on the S-bahn to the east for some great nightlife. Can't wait to go back.

    Insider Tip:Bring a map, do some research for the most historical places and read the history for yourself. Walking tours are a waste of time if you find out the information on your own. I prefer it that way. Don't skirt any culture spots - you'll regret it. It is a lot of walking but totally worth it. Had enough of culture? Try the area near Alexanderplatz. So much to see, so little time. Have fun!

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    Best city ever!

    I'm just amazed with Berlin. Best city I've ever visited. Everything is cheap, the transport is amazing, the people are nice! Will back soon as possible!

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    Favourite City

    Very interesting city, clean and efficient. Architecture isn't that nice, but culture is nice. Some nice neighbourhoods to explore and interesting bars. Cheaper than expected for a capital city.

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    Weekend in Berlin

    Freaking awesome city to visit. Wished I could stay longer. So many neat places to check out and experience. Very international city with a rich history.

    Insider Tip:Do the Alternative tour offered by New Berlin tours. It was really great and we found this really cool area to go out in that is a converted abandoned train yard. Way cool. Also, the market on Sundays in Maurpark is pretty rad. Very busy but some really cool things can be found there. BAD: The train system SUCKS and is under construction constantly. It took us 1.5 hours to get back to the airport because of 5 forced train transfers. Almost missed our flight!

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    Would visit again and again!

    This was my second time to Berlin and once again was completely taken by the city. It's impossible to see everything in just one visit so am pretty certain myself and my fellow travellers will be back multiple times in the future! The city is buzzing with urban design, fashion, culture and entertainment so there is always something to do/see/eat/buy! We were lucky to visit during very hot and sunny weather which added to the beauty of the city.

    Insider Tip:Thoroughly recommend doing the Insiders Bar Crawl which starts on the East side visiting bars and clubs - great way to meet fellow travellers and see the nightlife of the city without having to refer to a map every few minutes! Sightseeing buses are a good way to see the city during the day if you don't have a lot of time in Berlin, but research which company does the best deal - as we were swept up by the first one we saw which actually wasn't as good as some of the others.

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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