Walking around the cultural center of Berlin’s Museum Island, it’s impossible to miss the striking futuristic façade of the Humboldt box, one of the city’s most recent landmarks. The design of architectural visionaries Krüger Schuberth Vandreike, Berlin’s Humboldt Box was erected in 2011 to mark the site of the future Humboldt Forum, an extravagant reconstruction of the Prussian city palace that once stood on the site.
With its beautifully restored Orangery and series of manicured gardens, few venues are as magnificent as the opulent Charlottenburg Palace, the largest and grandest of Berlin’s Royal Palaces. Constructed throughout the 17th and 18th centuries, the palace was first built as a summer residence for its namesake, Prussian Queen Sophie Charlotte, and features an impressive array of rococo and baroque style rooms, alongside the elaborate tombs of the Hohenzollern family. Touring the palace and grounds is a popular activity for visitors to Berlin, but the most atmospheric way to enjoy the stately residence is by seeing a concert at the Charlottenburg Palace.
With longer days, warmer weather and minimal crowds, spring is one of the best times to visit the German capital and Berliners waste no time in casting off their winter woollies and celebrating the new season. Time your trip for one of Berlin’s best spring festivals and join in the fun.
With Valentine’s Day around the corner, the German capital will be pulling out the candles and rose petals, and hosting a number of special couples events around the city. You don’t have to wait until February 14th though – there are plenty of romantic things to do in Berlin all year-round. Here are a few ideas.
Berlin might not seem like a top destination for adventure sports, but adrenaline junkies visiting the German capital can still get their kicks without leaving the city. In recent years, Berlin has become a popular spot for Base flying or Base Jumping, a hair-raising activity that involves bungee jumping or skydiving from the top of a building. Berlin base flying takes place at the Radisson Berlin Park Inn Hotel in Alexanderplatz, where brave participants will plummet from the 125-meter-high rooftop.