Want to visit one of the most vibrant and exciting capital cities in Europe? Then visit Berlin as soon as you can. Having gone through some of the most dramatic history in Europe over the past century, Berlin carries its scars with dignity, often reinventing wounds to create new attractions. Remnants of the Berlin Wall sit defiantly around the city covered in graffiti reflecting their history and modern life, while the haunting cube-like monoliths of the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe leave a lasting impression on all who walk among them.
With around 170 museums, it’s well worth visiting Berlin just to experience the staggering amount of art, culture and history. Museum Island on the Spree River has five, including the impressive Pergamon Museum. There are plenty of walking tours around the city that can help you take in all the sights, including the Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag, Checkpoint Charlie and the Berlin Wall.
The adventurous should not miss out on Berlin’s wild nightlife, featuring infamous clubs such as Berghain and Kitkatclub, and countless trendy bars and restaurants, some of which are built around ruined buildings like Café Zapata in Mitte.
For some peace and quiet, try the Tiergarten, a huge park in the centre of the city straddling the west and east. In fact, despite being a cosmopolitan and populous urban city, around a third of Berlin is made up of parks, rivers and other green areas – perfect for cycling and exploring, or just relaxing.