Berlin is a cosmopolitan city in the heart of Europe, located directly on the river Spree. A city of fashion, design, music, and sport, Berlin is among the hottest capitals in the world.
Through its history Berlin has experienced a lot. It used to be a capital of Prussia, the German Empire, the Weimar Republic, and the Third Reich. The city was headquartered by Nazis, bombed to pieces, divided in two and finally reunited. A city where the past is very much present wherever you go, Berlin still keeps sight of its history. Here you can marvel at the splendour of a Prussian palace or walk along the remnants of the Berlin Wall.
Nowadays Berlin is a city of dynamism and groundbreaking creativity. Berlin is a cultural trendsetter. Since the fall of the Berlin Wall, the city has become a lab of cultural experiments that encourage new ideas. There’s nothing static about the city on the Spree: it’s unpredictable, unpretentious and irresistible.
Berlin is also celebrated as a new fashion capital of the world. Whether trendy high fashion, or funky second-hand fashion, the glamorous boutiques and quirky shops have something for everyone. The art and flea markets are not to be missed as well.
When it comes to culture, the capital of Germany is beyond competition. The Berlin Museum Island is labeled a World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO. The landscape of over 200 museums is one of the most diverse and interesting in the world. A whole day will hardly be enough to explore the stupendous collections of the beautifully restored Neues Museum and the majestic Pergamon.
While top international performers are frequent to its theatre, concert and opera stages, Berlin is also notorious for its nightlife. No curfew and casual dress code have provided the city a relaxed context for partying. From cramp basement clubs to industrial techno temples, nightlife places keep going until the wee hours and beyond.
By the way, even though the city is pretty big, its key sights are amazingly compact and easily navigated on foot, by bike or public transport.
Highlights of historic and cultural milestones of the German capital in the video below.