The German capital offers a huge range of sightseeing, as well as plenty of places to eat and drink and huge parkland for resting and relaxation.
In the west, the crumbling, bombed Memorial Church still stands tall. Eastwards, the shimmering TV Tower pierces the skyline like an upturned stiletto. Cobbled streets and groves of lime trees lead to the centre's honey-hued Brandenburg Gate and glass-domed Reichstag parliament.
The city has more than its fair share of sightseeing, and with a vast building programme in flow since the reunification of the two Germanys, more and more is being added each year to this rapidly developing place.
The legacy of the Berlin Wall, which divided the city, is no more apparent than at the East Side Gallery where a stretch of the edifice is left as a memorial to the many who died trying to escape from the east to the west. There is also a museum telling the story of what the wall meant to Berliners. Checkpoint Charlie, which was once one of the crossing points, is now no more than a tourist trap, although the museum there does have interesting stories of inventive escape attempts.
Buy a ticket and visit the rebuilt Parliament building where you can view the goings-on of the German government from high above the chamber. The area is also close to Museum Mile, with a selection of world-class museums with a range of art and artefacts on show as well as blockbuster exhibitions from around the world
The Tiergarten in the centre of the city is a vast park with wide avenues, often used to host events. The locals use it as their recreational hub with sunbathing in the summer and impromptu games of football and cycling along the car-free roads and paths. At one end is Berlin’s zoo with a world-class selection of animals.
For those wanting to find out more about the war-time Holocaust, you can easily visit the nearby Sachsenhausen concentration camp with its moving exhibits or attend the Jewish Museum and Holocaust Memorial back in the city.
Shopping can be found in various areas of the city, with many heading to the department stores and big names around the iconic Berlin KaDeWe shop or the funkier streets of Mitte with specialist shops and outlets.
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