Modern Berlin might be one of Europe’s most vibrant cultural capitals, but if you’re touring the city’s sights, you can’t help but be confronted by reminders of its troubled past – the World Wars that destroyed much of the city, the subsequent Cold War that left it torn in two, and of course, the heart-wrenching realities of the Holocaust. In the city center, the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe and the Jewish Museum offer fittingly poignant memorials, but the most heart-wrenching tribute to the countless tragedies of the Holocaust lies just north of Berlin, in the sleepy suburb of Oranienburg – the notorious Sachsenhausen concentration camp.
Category: Things To Do
September 11, 2014
September 4, 2014
From abandoned amusement parks to hilltop Allied listening posts to hidden cemeteries, Berlin is teeming with unique and little-known attractions and there’s no better time to get off-the-beaten-track than Berlin Heritage Day. A weekend-long event held each September, Berlin Heritage Day, or the ‘Day of the Open Monument’, forms part of the European Heritage Day celebrations and offers access to hundreds of historical buildings, churches, palaces, archeological sites and monuments normally off-bounds to the public.
August 28, 2014
With its opulent Baroque palaces and landscaped parklands, the former Prussian capital is one of Germany’s most impressive UNESCO World Heritage Sites and a popular day trip from Berlin, and the most atmospheric time to visit is the Potsdam Palace Night. Held one night a year in the magnificent landscaped gardens of Sanssouci Palace, King Friedrich II’s (Frederick the Great) lavish private retreat, the Potsdam Palace Night, or the Night of the Palaces, is a nocturnal spectacle of music, dance and theater, accompanied by a dazzling display of illuminations and fireworks.
August 14, 2014
Almost completely encircled by parklands, Berlin has long been known as one of Europe’s greenest capital cities and there are ample opportunities to enjoy the outdoors, take a break from sightseeing or simply escape from inner city life. From royal parks and world-renowned zoos to idyllic botanical gardens and lakeside beaches, here are some of Berlin’s best picnic spots.
August 7, 2014
Explore a new side of Berlin through the food and street art.
July 24, 2014
From the dazzling skyscrapers of Potsdamer Platz to iconic landmarks like the Brandenburg gate, Berlin is a city of remarkable contrasts and a bird’s eye view over the capital is equally dramatic day or night. There are dozens of choices for enjoying the city from above, but to narrow it down, here are 5 of Berlin’s best views.