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- 93%Art & Design Lovers
- 88%Local Culture
- 86%Budget Travelers
- 76%Nightlife Lovers
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- BerlinMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 16
Berlin (/bərˈlɪn/; German pronunciation: [bɛɐ̯ˈliːn] ( listen)) is the capital city of Germany and one of the 16 states of Germany. With a population of 3.5 million people, Berlin is Germany's largest city. It is the second most populous city proper and the seventh most populous urban area in the European Union. Located in northeastern Germany on the River Spree, it is the center of the Berlin-Brandenburg Metropolitan Region, which has about 4.5 million residents from over 180 nations. Due to its location in the European Plain, Berlin is influenced by a temperate seasonal climate. Around one third of the city's area is composed of forests, parks, gardens, rivers and lakes.
First documented in the 13th century, Berlin became the capital of the Margraviate of Brandenburg (1417), the Kingdom of Prussia (1701–1918), the German Empire (1871–1918), the Weimar Republic (1919–33) and the Third Reich (1933–45). Berlin in the 1920s was the third largest municipality in the world. After World War II, the city was divided; East Berlin became the capital of East Germany while West Berlin became a de facto West German exclave, surrounded by the Berlin Wall (1961–1989). Following German reunification in 1990, the city was once more designated as the capital of all Germany, hosting 158 foreign embassies.
Berlin is a world city of culture, politics, media, and science. Its economy is based on high-tech firms and the service sector, encompassing a diverse range of creative industries, research facilities, media corporations, and convention venues. Berlin serves as a continental hub for air and rail traffic and has a highly complex public transportation network. The metropolis is a popular tourist destination. Significant industries also include IT, pharmaceuticals, biomedical engineering, clean tech, biotechnology, construction, and electronics.
Modern Berlin is home to renowned universities, orchestras, museums, entertainment venues, and is host to many sporting events. Its urban setting have made it a sought-after location for international film productions. The city is well known for its festivals, diverse architecture, nightlife, contemporary arts, and a high quality of living. Over the last decade Berlin has seen the upcoming of a cosmopolitan entrepreneurial scene.Recommended for:
- BerlinMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesHistory BuffsArt & Design Lovers
Berlin has such diversity, history and culture. Six days was not nearly enough to explore everything I wanted. Cost-wise, it is less expensive than most other European capitals. Service could be a bit more friendly.Recommended for:
- BerlinMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 5
I wasn't sure what to expect, as it was my first visit to Berlin, but I was surprised. It is an unusual place with so many different sides to it. Dilapidated to modern, posh to cosy.
We visited during winter and the temperatures were around the minus 7 mark, so be sure to wrap up if traveling around that time.
Food-wise, Berlin has a lot to offer. Traditional meals, of course, but also Italian, Chinese, Vietnamese, Mexican, you name it. You'll be spoilt for choice!
The cost of living may be higher than you're used to if you are like me (Midlands of the UK) and a glass of orange juice or multivitamin juice is around €3/€4, a bowl of potato soup around €5, a pair of walking boots €150 and a cotton blouse €80.Recommended for:
- BerlinMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsAdventure Travelers
Probably the most affordable of Europe's major capitals, Berlin has incredible museums (153 of them at last count), great architecture (the Reichstag, Holocaust memorial, and Brandenburg Gate, just for starters), and serious historical interest. Add in one of the world's most cutting-age art scenes, scores of fantastic restaurants, and absolutely wicked nightlife, and it's easy to see why Berlin is known as Europe's 'Zeitgeist metropolis'.
Bar-hop through Kreuzberg eating amazing Turkish food, dance to drum'n'bass until 6am in an abandoned warehouse at Alexanderplatz, be served by blind waiters in a pitch-dark restaurant or just spend a whole day soaking up beauty on Museum Island, a UNESCO world heritage site: the depth and variety of experiences Berlin offers are endless.Recommended for:
- BerlinCommunity ManagerMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersVegetarian+ 2
What I remember from my trip to Berlin was museums (upon museums upon museums) and nightlife (upon nightlife upon nightlife). That was over a decade ago, and this European megacity's reputation on both accounts has only grown over the years.Recommended for:
- BerlinMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 11
If you are a museum nerd, Berlin will make you giddy. The German capital is home to more than 200 museums, ranging in theme from the usual (art, history, culture) to the completely bizarre (think: a Medical History Museum that displays deformed organs, the Currywurst Museum that pays homage to one of the country’s most beloved foods, and the Sugar Museum, dedicate to everyone’s favorite sweetener). When you are done geeking out for the day, check out the other reason Berlin is so popular among college students: the nightlife. Because this city is a hub for both local universities and international study abroad, there are ample options to keep the younger crowd entertained, from dive bars to great local music venues.Recommended for:
- BerlinMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersWellness+ 2
Berlin is amazing!! It's a city alive with energy of young people, artists, entrepreneurs, fashion, design, music! It's trendy and forward thinking. I love its style and take on the arts.Recommended for:
- BerlinMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersWellness
Perhaps one of my favorite cities in Europe, Berlin is beautiful, vibrant, and interesting. I love its unique combination of historical preservation and contemporary exploration - its weird and wonderful art scene, its diverse food culture, its commitment to forever re-inventing itself without forgetting where its been.Recommended for:
- BerlinMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 5
Berlin is a city on the move. It is a place where art and culture are encourage to flourish. It has a thriving bohemian / hipster scene. Berlin is heavy with 20th century history and an important stop on any European trip.Recommended for:
- BerlinMember ofLocal CultureFamily TravelersFoodies+ 2
Gorgeous architecture. Fantastic museums and galleries. Vibrant culture. Meangingful history. Great new food offerings. Super shopping. Easy to get around via public transport or by bike. Wide variety of places to stay in all budget levels.
- BerlinMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 4
Berlin is my absolute favorite city in the world. A funky mix of modern culture and complex history is packed into Germany's largest city. From grungy neighborhoods to elaborate street art to the crumbling Berlin Wall to the city's iconic Reichstag, Berlin offers up endless culturally significant opportunities. Even after months of exploring, you're sure to find new things.
- BerlinMember ofLocal CultureLuxury TravelersArt & Design Lovers
This is one of the great cities and capitals of Europe and is not to be missed. Now that East & West Berlin are back together it is doubly terrific. It is not an expensive city to eat or stay in. The transportation system is one of the best we have used. Go, you will like it.
I studied abroad in Europe and Berlin was one of the first places I visited while on my trip. After I booked it I wasn't really sure what I was going to do there and was worried it may have been a mistake to go, but I have never been so pleasantly surprised by any city. We stayed at Balmers hostel and did a free walking tour around the city. It was incredible. From seeing the Berlin wall, to visiting one of the most interesting and touching Holocaust memorials I have ever seen, to going to some of the craziest and most fun clubs in all of Europe, I have only fond memories of Berlin.
- BerlinMember ofVegetarian
Berlin is my favourite destination for vegan eats. Here's my top breakfast, lunch and dinner: Kopps' breakfast buffet is the tastiest meal I have ever had, with so many veganised breakfast foods, from British-style tofu-scramble, potatoes and baked beans to traditional German breakfasts and even American-style pancakes.Yellow Sunshine is a cute vegetarian diner serving organic fast food. Burgers come in a variety of shapes and tastes with a selection of patties and fake meats. Yoyo café is a bustling place with a community feel to it. Vegan gyro and a banana smoothie made for a tasty dinner. For any vegan that loves to eat, Berlin is the perfect citybreak destination.
THE best city to PARTY!! All-week-long! At any hour, there is a great party going on!
The best house-electro-techno-dub music at this moment is being produced and introduced to the public in Berlin. The clubs are an experience themselves! (Chack-out Katel Holgiz before June, because it is going down :( )
The people there are going to party, not to show off their new clothes-tip: don't go to a berlin club well dressed- you'll be out immediately! And be prepared not to go home before monday midday!
- BerlinAmbassadorMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 5
Although I did not have the best experiences here, Berlin was a very exciting city for me. It was like a chameleon due to the huge changes in architecture. I have still yet to see another city that feels more unexpected and disjointed.
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