A Republic since 1990, Berlin is one of 16 states in Germany. Berlin is also Germany’s capital and largest city. Over a third of the area is made up of lakes, parks and forests. Berlin is a perfect blend of the old and the new, historic and the modern architecture, old values and new technology, an interesting study of contrasts. Home to the biggest ballet company in Germany, 3 opera houses, and 170 museums, this is a place where you could spend a lot of time and not see half of what there is to see in this amazing location.
There are castles, cruises, concerts and shows, shopping supreme, and museums of every kind in Berlin.
History buffs may want to see the Church of St. Nicholas, the Ephraim Palais, the Sachsenhausen concentration camp, the Soviet War Memorial, Checkpoint Charlie, The Palace of Tears, The Holocaust Memorial and the Berlin Wall. The Berliner Dom and the Deutscher Dom are known worldwide.
The 170 museums cover just about every subject and include themes such as Jewish, art, musical instrument, ethnological, story, photo, Anne Frank, childhood and youth collection and Islamic Art. Visitors should allow at least 1 full day to visit the Pergamon Museum. A trip to the Museum Park will provide 5 museums on-site for your viewing pleasure. It is recommended that visitors purchase a Berlin Pass that will provide free entry to 60 museums.
Kids will want to visit Legoland, the Berlin Dungeons, Mme. Tussauds, the Berlin Zoo and the Aqua Dom.
There are botanical gardens, an Olympic stadium, biking and walking tours, boat rides, concerts and shows to add to your list of things to do.
If you are looking for something different, you can take a swim at the Bathing Ship on the Spree River. Another option would be to visit one of the weinerei’s in Berlin where patrons pay to borrow a glass, keep track of their drinks and then decide how much to pay for their evening of fun. There are Escape Rooms where you have to use logic to figure out how to open the door. Another option might be to visit a totally dark restaurant where neither you nor the wait staff can see your food.
When you decide to book your room, you will find there are ever so many ways to stay in Berlin. Visitors can choose luxury hotels, inns, guesthouses, hostels or urban camping. There are dozens of hostels in every part of Berlin. Hostels may also be listed under guesthouse, inn, or backpacker titles.
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