Overview

So you’ve decided to visit Berlin. Congratulations. Your pretentious friends went to Paris. Your haughty friends went to London. And your lost friends went to Belarus. But you decided on Berlin. You’ve probably heard that Berlin is the coolest city in the world, or that it has one of the best clubs in Europe, or that it sleeps when the sun comes up. Well, don’t believe the hype. It’s not the coolest city in the world; it’s several of the coolest cities in the world. It doesn’t have one of the best clubs in Europe; it has 10. To top it off, Berlin never sleeps.

Berlin’s rise began with some normal history, taken to epic heights. King Friedrich II and his identically named progeny ruled from canal-lined boulevards, built palaces like middle-fingers to all the haters, and developed Prussia into an Enlightened European powerhouse, with Berlin at the helm. But after centuries of captaining Europe, Berlin went crazy in the 20th. As the seat of Hitler’s terror, and with WWII drama in its streets, Berlin rebooted in the ’50s, only to become a physical manifestation of Cold War divisions. The Wall rose in ’61, slicing the city and fostering the enmity of a radical student and punk population. Ten years after the Wall crumbled in ’89, the German government decided to relocate from Bonn to Berlin. And from there, Berlin became today’s European champion of cool.

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The Berlin Top 5

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  • Viktoria-Luise-Platz

    Take advantage of the lack of an open container law and bring your booze collection and to sip lazily amid the perfectly green grass and flowers.

  • Marienkirche

    Given Berlin’s past, it’s pretty incredible to find a building this old in town.

  • Mauerpark

    Day-drinking, a huge playground, men walking their dogs, and Sunday afternoon karaoke.

  • Pergamon Museum

    We aren’t kidding when we say that people come all the way to Berlin just to check this place out.

  • Bruckë Museum

    Thick brushstrokes and super-bright yellows.

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