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.
With hundreds of green spaces dotted around the city, there are ample opportunities to escape the urban sprawl in the German capital. From strolling through Royal gardens to relaxing in a beer garden or picnicking in a former airport; here are Berlin’s best parks and gardens.
Since 2005, Berlin’s Festival of Lights has offered residents and visitors alike something to look forward to on lengthening autumn nights. Starting October 9, dozens of the city’s buildings are awash in dazzling multicolored illuminations.
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.