Berlin is perhaps one of the most well known capital cities in Europe, and for good reason. With so much history to have come out of this bustling city, it’s easy to see why so many flock to it’s cobbled streets and attraction laden districts. Being a city steeped in history though is just one of Berlin’s many charms as you will hopefully see from this useful article on why you should visit this particular German city.
Berlin – A Brief History
Berlin is in fact one of the youngest cities in Europe, dating back to only around the thirteenth century when many people from around the area settled here, including Slavic peoples from the East. This almost set the tone for Berlin, becoming a city which attracts residents that were not originally from Berlin itself! You may find it difficult to find someone whose home town is actually here, as everyone appears to be from elsewhere!
Of course there is a dark history to Berlin, having become the headquarters of the National Socialist Party prior to and during the Second World War, during which much of Berlin was destroyed by heavy fighting. The eventual breaking up of Germany following the war lead to the advent of the Berlin Wall in 1961, which was eventually toppled in increasing rebellions from the East side of the wall in 1989.
Things to See and Do
Berlin has a vast collection of museums ranging in topics from the history of the city itself, the history of specific groups of people such as the Jews, and even modern art. Most museums charge admission which can range up to about 10 euros for the bigger museums, but offer discounts for students and the like. Alongside this there are the numerous architectural things to see and do such as the Brandenburg Gate, the remnants of the Berlin Wall, numerous memorials to victims of the war as well as just walking around and enjoying the many parks, viewpoints and of course, the food! There are also a number of fantastic city tours using tour buses that will give you a great overview of such a culturally diverse and varied city, and be sure to check out the annual list of festivals that the city plays host to, to ensure you don’t miss any of these great events.
Where to Stay?
As with most large European cities, Berlin is home to a vast number of hotels and guesthouses from which to choose. Hotels in Berlin vary in price and location, but are known to be stylish, modern and extremely good value. You will be sure to find the perfect hotel for you with ease, whether it’s in the city centre or further out in one of the several districts around the city. Berlin also has a fantastic transportation system, ensuring that wherever you choose to stay, you will stay well connected to the rest of this fantastic city.
So there you have it – a number of reasons to pick Berlin as your next destination, either as a long weekend city break or as a part of a longer European adventure. So pack your bags – Berlin awaits!