Germany’s capital, Berlin, is a city full of history, has a thriving youth culture and uber cool arts community. Better book your plane ticket now, because after reading our beginner’s guide to Berlin, you’ll be chomping at the bit to see it for yourself.
1. East Side Gallery
East Side Gallery is a unique blend of history, art, and is possibly the largest and longest-lasting open air gallery in the world. The Gallery consists of 105 paintings by artists from all over the world, painted in 1990 on the east side of the longest remaining sections of the Berlin Wall. Over time many paintings have been badly damaged by erosion, graffiti and vandalism, but many original artists returned to restore their works in 2009. It’s a great way to uncover a large piece of your Scratch Map™ Capitals poster,feel cultured and get some Instagram worthy photos at the same time!
This historic German Parliament building makes a worthy stop on your list , mainly because of the dome of glass, roof terrace and roof garden restaurant where you can see a 180 degree view of Berlin. Admission is free, but you do need to register before you go..
3. Museum Island
Located in the Spree River, Museum Island is exactly as it sounds. It’s home to 5 museums including the DDR museum which provides an interactive, immersive experience of the past. Another must see is thehe Pergamon Museum, designed by Alfred Messel and Ludwig Hoffmann. The Pergamon Museum was constructed over the course of twenty years, from 1910 to 1930 and houses original-sized, reconstructions of spectacular architectural gems such as the Pergamon Altar and the Market Gate of Miletus. There’s pretty much something for everyone with all the different museums to visit. Just pick your favourites and go for it.
Mauerpark is a public park in the Prenzlauer Berg district. A former part of the Berlin Wall, the park is popular with people of all ages and turns into a flea market and karaoke stage on weekends. Ideal for relaxing on a sunny day, take a picnic and just people watch all day!
5. Grunewald Forest
If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous the Grunewald Forest is a must. It’s the largest green space in the city of Berlin and it’s a good way to turn your city break into a wildlife adventure. Plus you can trick all your Facebook friends into thinking you were in two places at once. There’s greenery everywhere and if it’s warm enough during your visit, you can even take a dip in the Havel River. It’s a great place that’s perfect for exploring at a leisurely pace, just like the rest of Berlin.