If you've managed to take in all of Berlin's sights, you might want to see what the picturesque surrounding region of north-east Germany has to offer...
When you rent a car, Berlin becomes a great city base for further exploration of the surrounding area.
Within easy driving distance of the city are the Jewish Museum and Memorial and the Saschenhausen Concentration Camp Museum. Many visitors enjoy a day of sightseeing at the Olympic Stadium and Tiergarten, whilst others choose to drive over to Charlottenburg or travel out to Potsdam.
Drive north towards Rostock for the Baltic Sea coast and beaches, or drive south to Dresden and Leipzig for more historical architecture and evocative medieval streets. The ancient city of Dresden is regarded as one of Germany's cultural capitals. Here you'll find a relaxed atmosphere and nightlife as well as dozens of superb galleries. It takes less than two hours to reach Dresden from Berlin by road. Leipzig, meanwhile, at a 90-minute drive from Berlin, is a curious and mesmerising metropolis of narrow winding streets and old passageways that weave around one of the rising stars of the German shopping scene.
A drive of 90 minutes will take you to Grunewald, a large forest to the south west of Charlottenburg. It's a great place for a family picnic or, if you're brave enough, a swim in the Wannsee or Schlachtensee - a couple of freshwater lakes within the forest. Art lovers should head towards Kulturforum, south of Tiergarten, where you'll find some of the world's finest galleries housing important European works. Just 20 minutes outside of the city, you'll also find Berlin Zoo - regarded as one of Europe's finest.