Berlin is the capital city of Germany, built around the River Spree. Much of the city was destroyed during World War II, however since that time it has undergone the largest construction project in Europe and it is now a restored, thriving and modern city. It is possible to find architectural remains of days past next to new modern buildings. It is a tourism center and offers many attractions in the way of museums, events, festivals and landmarks.
Since the Berlin Wall was dismantled in 1989, the city has seen another wave of rejuvenation. Make sure to visit the remnants of the wall that are still standing. Particularly visit the area known as Checkpoint Charlie which was the only place that foreigners could cross from East to West Berlin. Brandenburg Gate, the Holocaust Memorial, the Egyptian Museum, the Jewish Museum and the Keiser-Wilhelm Memorial are all museums that you should make an effort not to miss out on. If you visit Museum Island, you will find five famous museums including, the Old Museum, the New Museum, the Old National Gallery, the Bode Museum and the Pergamon Museum. The tallest structure in Berlin, the Fernsehturm Television Tower, has a revolving restaurant at the top that will give you an excellent view of the city. The Reichstag, the old German parliament, will also give you an excellent view of the city of Berlin if you climb into its large glass dome. The Potsdamer Platz is one of the busiest squares in Europe and you can spend a number of hours wandering around its many shops, bars, cafes and entertainment areas. There are many art galleries throughout the city which are home to the sculptures and paintings of world-renowned artists such as Van Gogh, Picasso and Cezanne.
You can join a number of walking or bus tours that will take you throughout the city. This is an excellent way to see the most important historical and cultural sights of Berlin. If you know where you want to go, you can travel around by bus, tram or train. You can also rent bicycles and these are an excellent way to travel around the city. If you are looking for a place to relax, Berlin’s Tiergarten is a stunning choice. It is a 630 acre green park in the middle of the bustling city. Here you will find many gardens with beautiful trees and flowers, as well as cafes and a beer garden. The World’s Garden is also interesting and beautiful with its themed gardens the Chinese Garden, the Korean Garden, the Bali Garden/ Glasshouse, the Oriental Garden and the Japanese Garden.
After the end of the Cold War, Berlin saw a boom in the construction of hotels. As such, it is possible to find very well priced accommodation options, even in the five star-hotel category. Still more hotels are being planned particularly in the area surrounding the new train station. Other accommodation options include youth hostels for members, regular hostels, bed and breakfasts and pensions (boarding houses).