WHY TO VISIT BERLIN
Berlin has been the crossroads of the history, not only of Germany, of the past 60 years. The wall that divided the city from postwar since 1989 has for too long obscured the priceless treasures of human history concentrated in Berlin, almost all preserved in the Museum Island in the middle of the river Spree.
But Berlin is also the home of electronic music, fashion and designers, in an urban context in which the new architecture coexists with Gothic and post-avant-garde ruins. A city where destruction, division, reconciliation, memory and redemption chase each other in an eccentric and cosmopolitan environment. Under the austere blanket and stiffened by a past dark and impossible to forget, Berlin is the city that you would not expect.
WHAT TO SEE IN BERLIN
Top attractions not to be missed are:
- Potsdamer Platz
- The Berlin Cathedral
- The Berlin Memorial
- The Museum Island
- Checkpoint Charlie
- Berlin Wall
- The Reichstag
- The Brandenburg Gate
- The New Synagogue
- Unter den Linden
- Tiergarten and Victory Column
- Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church and the Berlin Broken Chain
Following instead some hidden spots of the city that only locals know!
- Hackesche Höfe
- Molecule Man
- The Missing House and the Alter Juedischer Friedhof
- Drei Mädchen und ein Knabe (Three Girls and a Boy sculpture)
- Warschauer Strasse
WHEN TO GO TO BERLIN
Best period to visit Berlin is from May to September.
Following a list of main events and typical festivals and celebrations of Berlin.
- Christopher Street Day
- Berlin Marathon
- Festival of Lights
- Jazzfest Berlin
- Berlinale - international Film Festival
- Carnival of Cultures
HOW TO REACH AND MOVE IN BERLIN
the main airports are:
download the transportation map
WHAT TO DO IN BERLIN
Typical dishes of Berlin are:
- Bratwurst: grilled sausage typically made from a combination of pork, beef and/or veal.
- Currywurst: grilled sausage served with a sauce made of ketchup, Worcestershire sauce and curry powder.
- Eisbein: boiled or grilled pork knuckles served with sauerkraut, peas and potatoes.
- Schnitzel: breaded pork cutlet.
- Königsberger Klopse: a meatball dish made of ground veal, beef, pork, onions, eggs, anchovies and flour, before being cooked in a broth. Served in a cream sauce containing lemon juice and capers, it is usually eaten with potatoes.
- Pretzel: a type of baked bread product made from dough commonly shaped into a twisted knot. Usually served sprinkled with salt of with a creamy cheese filling.
- Apfelstrudel: desser made of apples, rasins, flavoured with cinnamon and topped with icing sugar; usually served warm, along with a serving of aromatic vanilla sauce.
- Bier: there are thousands of varieties of German beer
Typical souvenirs of Berlin are:
- Wooden Nutcrackers
- Hand-made Christmast ornaments or Lebkuchen Hearts, gingerbread cookies made in the shape of a heart;
- Concrete pieces of the Berlin wall;