Berlin (population: 3.4 million) is one of those few cities that manages to completely transform itself from one season to the other. Balmy summers invite people onto the streets while the chilly winters mean that most of the action stays indoors, but either way, travelers can expect to have an enjoyable experience and a myriad of things to see and do.
Life After the Wall
Ever since the fall of the wall, Berlin has become one of the most beautiful cultural centers of Europe. The city presents a magnet for history buffs, has excellent attractions for families, offers alluring scenes to romantics and gifts all kinds of delights for party lovers. The outdoor adventures can also keep you occupied for days.
The obvious place to begin your city explorations is at the Berlin Wall. The 18th century Brandenburg Gate, an architectural triumph, is another popular attraction in the city. If you’ve had enough of architecture, head over to the Museum Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that has 5 magnificent museums such as the Alte Museum, Alte Nationalgalerie and the Pergamon Museum which host important exhibits such as the Pergamon frieze and Nefertitit. Other places worth exploring include the Berlin Cathedral, Charlottenburg Palace and the Berlin Zoological Garden.
How to Get Around
Traveling betweenEast Berlin and West Berlin neighborhoods can feel complicated, but the public transportation system of the city is incredibly efficient and usually on time.Your best options include the Ubahn, ferries, Sbahn, trams, buses and taxis.