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. And 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 breeding 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.
Sorry about your friends.