Quirky, creative and cosmopolitan; Neukölln has shaken off its rough-around-the-edges image in the last decade and emerged as one of Berlin’s coolest districts (too cool, if you ask locals, who have been lamenting the rising house prices and gentrification for years). Once a rundown residential area suffering from its close proximity to the Tempelhof airport, it’s now the bohemian outpost of neighboring Kreuzberg, while the abandoned Tempelhof has been transformed into a park and festival venue.
Germany’s beer-making legacy is renowned around the globe, but after years of playing by the rules – or rather, the Reinheitsgebot (the German Beer Purity Law) – Berlin’s craft beer scene is finally making its mark. For beer lovers, the capital’s new wave of microbreweries, beer bars and brewpubs make a welcome addition to Berlin’s beer gardens and traditional pubs.
Since the fall of the Berlin Wall back in 1989, Berlin’s rebirth has been fueled by a heady dose of hedonism, and today it’s the ultimate example of a city that works hard and plays hard. Proud of its reputation as Europe’s clubbing capital, Berlin is renowned for its legendary nightlife, and you won’t have to look far to find a dance floor or dive bar once the sun goes down. Not sure where to start? Read on for our complete guide to Berlin’s nightlife!
You might need to wrap up warm for sightseeing, but winter in Berlin is still one of the most atmospheric times of year to visit, with dazzling illuminations and plenty of festive entertainment. The colder months are also a great time to sample the city’s lively nightlife and vibrant cultural scene, with a great variety of winter festivals and events. Here are a few of the best to add to your diary.
I stare upwards to the heavens wondering what it all means. Curtis, our guide, has just pointed out what appear to be scribbles high up on the side of a building. He says they actually spell a word and asks me to take a guess. As I stare at it, I squint, trying to make something out of the red lines and curves, but as long as I look at it, all I can see is nonsense. “Styler,” he says as he sees me struggling, “it says Styler.” Now with this word in my head, suddenly it’s clear, as if I can see for the first time.
Airports aren’t typically the end destination, but rather the means. However, the abandoned American airport in the heart of Berlin, Tempelhofer Feld, is a tourist destination in itself. I explored with Viator’s Guided Tempelhof Airport Berlin Tour, which lasts for two hours and takes groups through history, observing the old architecture and learning about the history of the Nazi-era and the Cold War, remnants of which still remain.