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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    Review on Berlin

    not only for the nightlife, but also for the day sightseeing, Berlin is definitely one of the most attractive cities in the world

    Insider Tip:museum pass - not the Berlin welcome card - allows free entrance to more than 10 museums, which is absolutely valuable.

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    I. LOVE. BERLIN. Stayed for 5 days. Not the prettiest city on the outside (graffiti, construction), but there's so much history there. Beer is cheaper than water. It is kind of like a less-clean Portland. Lots of hipsters and music and art (they even had cider!) But with more diversity. And German. I am most certainly returning to Berlin.

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    Berlin is the bomb!

    If you like your history, drinking or partying in an authentic way then this is the place for you. Berlin has no airs and graces, its a real city with a soul and heart beat, its a little bit run down and dirty, but that was exactly what we loved about it. Whilst the centre is as you'd expect quite clean, corporate and touristy, visit other areas of the city (Kruizberg) and you will get a real experience, with quirky little bars and restaurants everywhere and graffiti covered walls.

    Insider Tip:The holocaust memorial is certainly worth the visit and is just off from the Brandenburg gate and the Reichstag. The Berlin zoo was also pretty cool and killed a few hours, whilst I was waiting for friends to come from the airport. Be warned, everything you have heard about clubbing in Berlin is true! It was apparent that 3 was the magic number, as we managed to get into Tresor and Watergate in 3's, after getting turned away on the Saturday and Sunday night when trying to enter as a 6.

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    Berlin is a huge city! You really have to plan out your trip and decide how you want to experience the city.

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    City of contrasts

    Berlin still holds the marks of the split from 25 years ago, but this character is worm proudly as a reminder. The sights are amazing and breathtaking. A visit is beyond worth it fro the amazing museums, nightlife, and cultural understanding.

    Insider Tip:Book a free visit to the Reichstag in advance--the views are unparalleled!

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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