A Weekend Guide to Berlin
Berlin is currently one of the coolest and trendiest cities in all of Europe. The German capital has undergone an incredible transformation in recent years, making it well worth a weekend visit.
See the Berlin Wall
Berlin was famously divided in two until 1989. It was in this year that the Berlin War was torn down to unify the city and the country. There are only some small sections of the wall now remaining but it is enough to give you an idea of how it once stood as a powerful symbol of the division of the city. The Brandenburg Gate is a wonderful old gate near the site of the Wall that you should check out while you are here.
Visit Museum Island
If you love to add some culture to our trips then you won’t want to miss the amazing Museum Island in Berlin. This is on Spree Island and you will find 5 top class museums here; Bode-Museum, Peramonmuseum, Neues Museum, Altes Museum and Alte Nationalgalerie. Each of these museums is worth visiting and you will want to do some research beforehand to see which one is of most interest to you. The Topography of Terror museum is another Berlin cultural attraction of note.
Take a Trip to Berlin Zoo
Berlin Zoological Garden is a big and interesting zoo that has receives around 3 million visitors each year, making it the most visited zoo in Europe. The zoo covers over 86 acres (35 hectares) and there over 20,000 animals from 1,500 species. It is considered as the most complete collection of animal species of the planet, with polar bears and giant pandas among the most popular and well-loved attractions. There is enough to see and do here for a full day out.
See the Alexanderplatz
This is a big public square that you are likely to at least pass through. It is one of the city’s transport hubs and a place where you really feel as though you are in Berlin. It is the busiest square in the city and usually full of people. The graffiti-covered Fountain of Friendship Between Peoples is something to look for out but being here is more about feeling a part of this great city than seeing the sites. You are most likely to just pass through here, and maybe grab something to eat from one of the many fast food restaurants.
Visit the Potsdamer Platz
Another big city square worth a look is the Potsdamer Platz. This is a pretty, modern part of Berlin and is also where you can catch a train or buy from the local shopping centre. This used to be the busiest traffic intersection in Europe until it was completely destroyed in WWII and then turned into Europe’s biggest building site when it was rebuilt. Nowadays, you can see wonderful architecture on modern buildings and marvel at how it has been rebuilt so well. This is a goo place for some typical German food. In terms of the buildings, the Sony Centre is especially eye-catching.