The historic heart and strategic center of the German capital, Berlin’s Mitte district is where most visitors spend the majority of their time. There’s no shortage of landmark attractions; the Bradenburg Gate, Reichstag, Holocaust Memorial, Checkpoint Charlie and Berlin Cathedral can all be found here, as well as Potsdamer Platz and Alexanderplatz. But for those who’ve already seen the sights, it’s the vibrant art and culture in Berlin’s Mitte district that keeps them coming back.
First held in Berlin back in 1997, the now-legendary Long Night of Museums has since been adopted by more than 120 cities all around Europe and the world, and it’s a long-standing favorite of the capital’s cultural scene. Held biannually (typically in March and at the end of August), Berlin’s Long Night of Museums offers visitors single-ticket entry to all of the city’s top museums, art galleries and cultural venues, with more than 80 museums keeping their doors open from 6pm to 2am.
As one of the biggest and busiest capital cities in all of Europe, Berlin can seem overwhelming to the first-time visitor; with its sprawling neighborhoods and distinct East and West centers, it can be hard to know where to start. There are several things to consider when choosing where to stay in Berlin, not least the price and proximity to top attractions (although, don’t worry, excellent public transport means getting around in Berlin is easy). To help you choose, here’s a rundown of the main areas for accommodation in Berlin.
A sprawling city with a rich cultural heritage and harrowing history, Berlin has reinvented itself in the new millennium as one of Europe’s must-see destinations and the cosmopolitan, fashion-forward capital is thoroughly captivating. Whether you want to check off the top sights, enjoy the city’s legendary nightlife or seek out some quirky off-the-beaten-track sights – add to your itinerary these 50 unforgettable experiences to have in Berlin.
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Spread along the banks of the River Spree and dotted with lakes and canal ways, it’s easy to forget that the German capital is landlocked and there are plenty of fun ways to get on the water in Berlin. Here are some ideas.