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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

  • 90%

    Anonymous

    Nice city!

    We didn't spend too much time in Berlin, but what we saw was very nice. Lots of history and they are busy rebuilding lots. Many different food choices.

    Insider Tip:Take a walking tour if you're there for a short period. It was a great way to see the city and learn more.

  • 80%

    mirromacatangay9795

    Amazing city

    There's so much to do and see in Berlin which makes it such an amazing city. You can gawk at marvelous architecture by day and enjoy the pulsating nightlife til sundown!

    Insider Tip:none

  • 80%

    Anonymous

    Spend alot of time here

    Cheap transport, cheap food, accommodation is also cheap. Cheap cheap cheap! But spend a few days here.

    Insider Tip:Eat before you get to the airport to take off. There's nothing there.

  • 80%

    Anonymous

    One of the cities in Europe I'll definitely visit again

    Although I don't speak any German, I could easily find guided tours conducted in English, and English-speaking tour guides took our group around the city at an affordable price. Berlin is full of history and stories, but at the same time, it's modern and trendy. I love the convenience and security of Berlin, and it's very different from a lot of major cities around the world where people are very stressed and hostile to tourists. It still retains a little bit of laid-backness and quaintness.

    Insider Tip:Bring a student ID or get an international student ID because students only need to pay about half the price of full ticket prices at the major museums in Berlin.

  • 100%

    Anonymous

    Kreuzberg, Potsdamer, Parisier - there's endless things to see and do!

    Berlin is a fascinating place - you've got the hip Kreuzberg neighborhood, the amazing museum island, walks through Potsdamer Platz down into Mitte and onward to Alexander Platz...if you do it right, you can take a day for each section of Berlin and easily spend a solid week seeing new things. There are a ton of museums in case it's a rainy day, but if it's nice enough you can stroll for hours and see most of the major sites, especially the Berlin Wall.

    Insider Tip:Check out the Museum of Musical Instruments, housed next to the Berlin Symphony building, a few minutes' walk from Potsdamer Platz metro station! It's a fun thing to do if the weather's not excellent, and they have audio clips of instruments from the 16th century and earlier. Also, check out the "Museum of Things" in Kreuzberg neighborhood - a really eccentric collection of designed objects from the 19th century until today. Both great places to check out in between the more typical tourist sites!

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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