5 reasons why Berlin should be on your bucket list

12 December 2018

Berlin is everyone’s city! 

Multicultural and full of activity, the vibrant capital of Germany is known for its rich history, mesmerizing architecture and its truly unique party scene. There are tons of reasons why you should choose Berlin as your next destination and here we will dive deeply into some of them. 

1. History 

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With Germany’s dominant role in WW1 and WW2, it’s no surprise that Berlin consists of many opportunities to truly immerse in Europe’s recent tumultuous history. Relive Germany’s darkest times with a visit to the House of the Wannsee Conference which was the exact place where the genocide of the Jews was decided. Another must-visit location for history buffs is the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp which was used during WW2 to hold captive anyone declared an enemy of the Nazi regime. 

What’s more, no trip to Berlin is fully complete without taking a walk along the East Side Gallery, the longest surviving section of the Berlin Wall, where more than 100 artists have decorated every corner of the wall with political artwork. There you can find the ‘Fraternal Kiss’ and other key sites that make this part of history memorable.

2. Architecture

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When a city is steeped in so much history, it will inevitably boast some of the most cutting-edge architecture you’ll ever come across. 

What stands out as Berlin’s ultimate symbol is perhaps the Brandenburger Tor. Built in 1791, this massive structure, somewhat resembling the Acropolis in Athens, was once the gateway to this magnificent city. 

Beautiful inside out, the Berliner Dom is another architectural gem one cannot afford to miss out on when in Berlin. Embellished in a Baroque/ High Renaissance style, this Protestant cathedral stands proudly on what is commonly known as Museum Island. Climbing on top of the dome, you will be greeted with breathtaking views of the city. 

3. Nightlife

reasons to visit Berlin

Berlin’s intense nightlife attracts revellers from all around the world, so much so that some of its bars, events and clubs are renowned worldwide.  

The nightlife is concentrated in some districts such as Mitte, Prenzlauer Berg, and Kreuzberg; the same districts that, starting from the 90s, have ruled Europe’s club scene. In districts such as Friedrichshain, you can enjoy alternative clubs that stand in industrial wastelands or gentrified buildings and have amazing music that operates 24 hours a day. 

In Berlin, you make no plans; you go with the flow, let your hair down and have the time of your life at any time! 

4. Museums

reasons to visit Berlin

Whether you wish to learn more about history, immerse in tradition or simply admire modern art, in Berlin, you can find some of the most impressive museums in Europe. 

One of the most famous museums here is the Pergamon museum which houses pivotal archaeological structures such as the Pergamon Altar, the Ishtar Gate and the Processional Way from Babylon. A visit to this remarkable museum will make you feel as if you’ve been transported back to the glorious ancient times.  

You should also put the Jewish Museum on your agenda, which will urge you to reflect on Jewish history and culture in an uncommon way. The building itself is an attraction on its own, with some people interpreting it as resembling a broken star of David or a bolt of lightning. 

5. Art

reasons to visit Berlin

Well known as a hub for creativity, Berlin has some of the most important art galleries, art bars, and colourful street art in the country. 

Starting from the Bode Museum you can see some of the greatest collections of Byzantine, Renaissance, and Gothic art, with some of the oil paintings dating back to ancient Greece and Egypt. Take a walk around the Boros Collection in a former air raid shelter or the contemporary art museum of Hamburg Bahnhof and gift yourself with some quality art time.

These are just some of the reasons why Berlin should be your next destination, but a lot of the fun that awaits you will be the result of discovering the hidden gems of this magical city by yourself. Book flights to Berlin now, and experience the German capital in its full glory!

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