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 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 World War II drama in its streets, Berlin rebooted in the ’50s, only to become a physical manifestation of Cold War divisions. The Berlin Wall rose in 1961, slicing the city and fueling the enmity of a radical student and punk population. Ten years after the Wall crumbled in 1989, 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.
East Side Gallery
A non-stop party from Friday night until Monday morning, perfectly for letting loose.
Consistently one of the best clubs in the city, attracting a dedicated local community.
One of the best kept secrets of Berlin's clubbing scene, drawing a younger crowd of forward-thinking locals.
Berlin's most famous "sex club", certainly not for the faint of heart.
Possibly the strangest place we visited in Berlin, and that's a pretty high bar.
The most famous vendor of Berlin's favorite fast food: the diner kebab.
A pink-themed café, breakfast diner, tea shop, ice cream parlor, bakery combo. Think antique shop run by Hello Kitty.
A graffiti-plastered building containing a traditional German dining experience with a weekly jazz club.
A restaurant with the nerve to center its entire concept around the baked potato.