HOLIDAYS IN GERMANY (2017 | Issue 1)

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Best of Berlin in Germany

Home to people from 184 nations, Berlin is one of the most cosmopolitan capitals in the world. There’s so much to see and do, you’ll be spoilt for choice. What’s Up, Germany? gives you the various faces of Berlin, from offbeat to classical, glamorous to grunge, historical to whimsical. Get ready to fall in love with this energetic city!

Historical Photo Ops
Do what tourists do best: visit landmarks, take a tour and pose for selfies! Soak in history at the Brandenburg Gate, Berlin Wall Memorial and Checkpoint Charlie; capture the sweeping views from the Reichstag dome and the TV tower; pay your respects at the Holocaust Memorial; get a feel of Berlin’s medieval past at Nicholai Quarter; and ride up Europe’s fastest elevator in Potsdamer Platz.

Art Attack!
Berlin’s canvas is rich and heady. Just about everywhere you look, there’s street art on display, at subway stations, traffic signals and old buildings. The open-air East Side Gallery is a must-stop. Among the 440 art galleries in Berlin, the Hamburger Bahnhof Museum deserves a special mention for its contemporary art collection.

Hip & Happy in Berlin!
Experience the city’s legendary club culture. With more than 200 venues, you’ll definitely find your kind of rhythm. Shake a leg and feel the pulsating energy all night! The edgiest clubs are located in offbeat places like abandoned buildings or transformer stations in Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg. If you want variety on a budget, try SANDEMANs NEW Berlin Pub Crawl. You’ll get VIP entry to four bars and a club for just €12 per person!

Museum Musings
Berlin is packed with 175 museums! There are five outstanding ones on Museum Island that house treasures from the Stone Age to the 19th century. Plus, there are more than ten museums in the city which are free of cost, not to mention certain days when even ticketed museums waive their entry fee.

Green Respite
There are more than 2,500 parks and gardens in Berlin. Tiergarten is by far the most popular park among Berliners. One of the largest city parks in the world, it has its own zoo, beer garden and café. It’s a great place for a picnic and the perfect break after hectic sightseeing!

Buy! Buy!
Kurfürstendamm, or Ku’damm, as it’s affectionately called, is the city’s shopping district. You’ll get just about everything here, be it designer stores or fashion outlets. This is where KaDeWe (Kaufhaus des Westens), Europe’s second-largest department store, is located.

Food Crawl
Discover new tastes the fun way at Berlin’s street food markets. You can enjoy all kinds of food from all over the world, besides typical German specialties. Bite Club, Thai Park and Markthalle Neun are popular markets. If you get a craving for Indian food, try Chai Wallahs’ chicken tikka naanwich. It’s wunderbar!

BERLIN INSIDER TIPS

1. Tempelhofer Feld: This former airfield is now used as a recreational area to fly kites, ride bikes, rollerblade and barbecue!

2. Park Inn by Radisson: Get your adrenalin fix by base flying (extreme bungee jumping!) at the tallest hotel in Berlin.

3. Victoria Versicherung: The Victoria Insurance building with its beautiful hidden courtyard and astronomical clock gives you a glimpse of what Berlin looked like before World War II.

4. Monster Kabinett: This art gallery-cum-haunted house with mechanical robot monsters is not for the fainthearted!

5. Berliner Unterwelten’s Tours: These informative guided tours will take you through escape tunnels, air raid shelters and bunkers.

6. Mauerpark: Every Sunday thousands of people gather to enjoy performances at the free Bearpit Karaoke.

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“Berlin is poor, but sexy!” — Klaus Wowereit