Berlin, Germany’s capital is a city full of vitality rebounding from its former glory days into a cosmopolitan city, transformed into a destination for a younger generation.
What was once East Berlin has become a place for artists and entrepreneurs with neighborhoods and shops neatly spiffed up. A number of ultramodern, two-bedroom apartments in the Prenzlauer Berg and Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg localities can be found moderately priced. These neighborhoods offer tourists to a variety of affordable stylish shops, a mind-blowing selection of ethnic cuisine as well as lots of friendly, English-speaking Germans and foreigners.
With one of the best public transportation systems in the world, getting around the city is relatively easy. Berlin’s U-Bahn (subway), S-Bahn (commuter rail), buses and trams cover the entire city and suburbs. If you’re planning a visit to Berlin for more than one day, consider purchasing a 7-day transit pass. Single day passes are also available for purchase. Two-zone passes are required in order to travel between the city center and either Tegel or Schoenfeld Airport. Berlin’s transit system is divided into three zones; therefore, passes can be purchased for one or more zones. For more information regarding routes, schedules, and fares, visit the BVG website.
History can be found all around you. A number of sights not to be missed include the moving Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe at the Brandenburg Gate and the famous Reichstag where a panoramic view of the city can be seen from the roof terrace and dome. Mauerpark situated alongside the former Berlin Wall has now become a weekend gathering spot for open-air music, eating, drinking and just having fun. Another site is the Tiergarten in Berlin; home to Embassy Row made up of government buildings and embassies from various countries and the famous Berlin Zoo. It is one of the most popular inner-city parks in the world.
Berliners love to eat, providing travelers with a large variety of local and international dishes among its 6,613 restaurants. Travelers looking for a great tasting breakfast need to look no further than Papilles (Flughafenstraße 25, 12053 Berlin, Germany). They serve a killer Eggs Benedict and a cup of great-tasting coffee with prices ranging between $2.00 – $13.00. Marjellchen is one of Berlin’s best restaurants offering a variety of delicious meals with prices ranging from $13.00 – $27.00. Should you get homesick, then head to White Trash Fast Food for some mouth-watering barbecue, burgers, and rock music. Prices start at around €12.
Enjoy shopping? You won’t be disappointed! Berlin provides visitors with a huge variety of stores ranging from Kaufhaus des Westens (KaDeWe), Europe’s largest department store to quaint boutiques such as Paul’s Boutique, Berlin’s first boutique store.
For more information, visit http://www.visitberlin.de/en