Europe’s coolest capital? Well, Berlin is definitely up there. For somewhere so steeped in history and conflict Berlin is rapidly stealing the show from the rest of Western Europe’s popular hangouts. With a combination of glamorous style and urban cool, the city has been reborn, dusting off the rubble of post-war Germany and turning into a young and vibrant city of culture, business, art and music.

Here we’re going to give you a shakedown of what Berlin is all about to help you feel more like a local and make sure you know that you’re not a doughnut…

Brandenburg Gate.

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It wasn’t long ago that the city was still split in two by the Berlin Wall, and the contrasts between the east and west parts of the city are still noticeable today. these days many of the Eastern neighborhoods have been regenerated to draw in the young creatives; Mitte is one of the most popular neighborhoods to stay in, right in the city centre and full of art galleries, museums, picturesque squares, Michelin-starred restaurants and fancy hotels. Friedrichshain is another good district to stay in, with plenty of bars and budget hotels, easy access to the lush, green Tiergarten and to the city’s most historic sites south of the river. If you’re heading to Berlin for the nightlife, the hip and artsy neighborhoods of Mitte and Prenzlauer Berg are ideal.


Berlin is full of things to see and do during today, but I think it’s fair to say that the city really comes alive at night. Berlin’s nightlife is one of a kind – whether you’re into hip hop, dance, drum and bass, pop or indie, Berlin’s club scene invites anyone and everyone to party hard until the sun comes up. Attracting DJ’s and musicians from all over the world, Berlin’s eclectic style, cheap entry and “everyone is welcome” atmosphere means you’re bound to have a good night out.

No Berlin nightclub is the same, each with their own quirk and USP. Take, for instance,Tresor; an old techno music club in a former power station with a basement dancefloor reached through a 30-meter long tunnel. Pretty unique! For music other than techno, head to White Trash Fast Food in Mitte, churning out 50s retro, surf, garage and punk sounds in flamboyant and highly decorated surroundings. Over on the west side of the city you’ll find Cookies, a veteran of the Berlin club scene, with plenty of partygoers raving to underground house and disco.

If you’re heading out to dance in Berlin, it’s worth knowing that most club nights don’t kick off until 1am, with some of the city’s most popular haunts empty until then – so if you’re planning to staying out for the long haul, I recommend a power nap! Due to Berlin’s nocturnal nature, many cafes and restaurants stay open to the early hours, continuing the city’s contagious energy.

Reichstag Building.



With its world-famous club scene and numerous cultural events throughout the year, Berlin now attracts thousands of young travelers, but no matter how modern it becomes, Berlin will never forget its history. The physical remains of the Berlin Wall era are still evident throughout the city along with many Holocaust and war memorials; walking through Berlin is like walking through a living history book.

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Begin your history lesson with a trip to the iconic Reichstag Building, just across from the equally famous Brandenburg Gate. Take a walk along the line where the Berlin Wall once stood and visit the East Side Gallery where you can see graffiti art sprayed on remnants of the original wall and head to Checkpoint Charlie. Be sure also to visit the moving Holocaust Memorial to reflect Germany’s troubled past.

Berlin's history.


Unlike some other European capitals, a meal in Berlin will leave your stomach full without emptying your wallet. From burgers and bratwursts to Asian food and kebabs, eating cheaply is easy. Fast food kiosks are located all over the city serving up anything from Vietnamese noodles to juicy hot dogs with sauerkraut. Make sure you try currywurst, a Berlin fast-food staple, with thick spicy sausage served with lashings of sauce and a soft roll.

For the best burgers in Berlin, head to Burgermeister – a no-fills burger shack located underneath the U-Bahn bridge – serving up top-notch beef patties with weird and wonderful sauces.

Burgers and sausages aren’t the only cheap eats you can enjoy in Berlin. The large Turkish population in the city means döner kebab and other Middle Eastern food  is extremely popular. Try out the popular kebabs from Tadim, or if you can handle the long queues, head to Mustafa’s Gemüsekebap.



Berlin is as well connected as any modern European capital with cheap flights available from many USA hubs. Berlin is also  ideally located in the middle of Europe’s great rail network, with train connections to Munich and Hamburg, as well as international connections to Amsterdam, Prague and Austria, making it a perfect stop on your EuRail adventure.

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