The best ways to spend a long weekend in Berlin
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Berlin has a well-earned reputation for being one of the most innovative cities in Europe, with a booming tech sector and a thriving cultural scene.
Regardless of your interests and hobbies, there’s more than enough in the city to keep you occupied for a long weekend. Let’s take a closer look at this most captivating of capitals.
Discover a city steeped in history
Berlin has no shortage of magnificent monuments and awe-inspiring architecture. Here’s a whistle-stop tour of the best of Berlin’s heritage.
The Reichstag offers a breathtaking 360-degree view of the capital. It is the second most visited site in Germany, due in large part to its striking glass dome, designed by English architect Sir Norman Foster.
The Berliner Dom, or Berlin Cathedral, is a wonderful example of Renaissance and Baroque architecture. Its colourful interior is filled with extraordinary mosaics depicting the Sermon on the Mount. Bear in mind that the Cathedral opens at noon on Sundays.
The Berliner Fernsehturm, or Berlin TV Tower, is the tallest building in all of Germany and offers an unrivalled view of the city thanks to its famous revolving restaurant.
The Brandenburg Gate is one of Berlin’s most iconic landmarks, symbolising the reunification of East and West Germany following the Cold War. We advise that you visit in the evening, after a long day spent exploring the city: visiting at night is a real treat.
The best parks in Berlin
Berlin is home to more parks than any other European city. The city’s most famous park, the Tiergarten, is home to the Bismarck Memorial,runs alongside a number of landmarks, including the Brandenburg Gate, and extends to some 520 acres.
If you can’t quite squeeze in a visit to the magnificent Charlottenburg Palace, we advise that you pay a visit to its exquisite baroque garden. With its rose gardens, symmetrical grounds, mature trees and carp pond, it’s the perfect place to go for a stroll or unwind on a summer’s day.
Berlin nightlife: it’s every bit as good as you’ve heard
Berlin has become renowned the world over for its vibrant nightlife. If the sound of techno clubs and late-night partying appeals to you, we have some very good news indeed...
Berghain is Berlin’s most famous club, offering revellers world-class techno music. Widely regarded as the greatest techno club in the world, Berghain is notoriously exclusive - but this has not deterred people from travelling to Berlin in an attempt to enter the mecca of electronic music. If you’re a fan of techno but somewhat fazed by Berghain’s capricious door policy, Watergate is a good alternative with a great terrace area, and its location in the Kreuzberg neighbourhood means that it’s close to other bars and clubs.
Now’s the perfect time to take that weekend trip to Berlin
If you’re looking for an adventure after months spent indoors, now’s the perfect time to get away from it all with a weekend trip to Berlin.