Since the Wall came down in 1989, city breaks in Berlin have exploded in popularity. And it's no surprise really, there is nowhere on Earth like Berlin. Steeped in a dramatic history and unmatched in arts and nightlife, Berlin is a cosmopolitan, creative hub on the cutting-edge of 21st century urban life.
Choose a city break to Berlin and discover a famously liberal metropolis with an undeniably hedonistic 24/7 atmosphere. The nightlife here has an edge that few cities can match, particularly around Kreuzberg and East Berlin, where the club scene trumps even London and New York. Anything goes on a night out in Berlin.
Famed for its experimental fashion, if you plan on hitting the shops in Berlin, the dynamic district of Friedrichshain has the highest concentration of independent designers and boutiques. The main avenue of Kurfürstendamm has a wealth of international fashion-label shops.
It's impossible to enjoy a holiday in Berlin without seeing the impact that World War II had on the city. Popular tourist attractions include the Brandenburg Gate, the remnants of the Wall itself and the famous Checkpoint Charlie. CC was the border between east and west that acts as a stark reminder of the former division of this historically important city.
One of the most culturally vibrant cities in Europe, art lovers will find Berlin is home to a dazzling 150-plus museums. Highlights include Hamburger Bahnhof where several Andy Warhol originals reside. The Unesco-listed Museum Island houses five of the most celebrated museums and galleries in Europe.
Those who want to witness the natural beauty of Berlin should take a stroll through the famous Tiergarten Park, where you may see locals sunbathing au naturel, but hey, this is Berlin after all.
Despite being the capital of Germany and one of the top city destinations in the world, Berlin is not a wealthy city. Certainly nothing like the economic powerhouses of Munich or Frankfurt. As the city's mayor said; 'Berlin is poor but sexy'. The upshot of this is that Berlin offers the best value for money out of any capital city in Western Europe. with outstanding cheap hotels and affordable restaurants and bars, even on if you're on shoestring budget, you're guaranteed to have a wonderful time.