Berlin is a city that means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. If you ran a poll asking people to name the first thing that comes to mind when you say Berlin you could possibly get a different answer from each person. From techno music to jelly rolls to the remains of the second most famous wall in history, Berlin has enough to fill countless breaks.
There are countless things to do in Berlin and luckily you should be able to experience all of the things that appeal to you even on weekend breaks due to the city’s comprehensive public transport system. Germany has a reputation for almost ruthless efficiency and this is carried over to the Berlin U-Bahn system.
If you want to get a taste of the immense history that surrounds Germany’s capital, visit the Berlin Wall. Built in the 60s, the wall was constructed to separate East and West Berlin during the cold war. It officially came down in 1991 in a ceremony that somewhat bizarrely featured Baywatch star David Hasselhoff.
Three sections of the Wall are still standing in Berlin and are very popular with tourists on city breaks to Berlin, especially the mural painted by popular British graffiti artist Banksy.
Banksy is not the only artist to have painted on the wall. In fact there is an entire gallery, known as the East Side Gallery. The gallery is a 1.3km stretch of the wall that features political paintings by 105 different artists protesting the wall. The gallery claims to be the largest and longest running outdoor gallery in the world.
Berlin has always been a big name in the nightclub world and especially the techno scene. The super club Berghain has been called “Quite possibly the world capital of techno” by American DJ and journalist Philip Sherburne.
Berghain is just as famous for its mysterious mysterious door policy, only people who are seen as “right for the venue” are allowed entry to the club and no one knows exactly what the requirements are. Berghain is so legendary that clubbers come on weekend breaks purely for a chance of being allowed entry to the club.
Something that has to be witnessed in Berlin is the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. The memorial is one of the most unique tributes on the planet. Far from a normal statue or plaque the memorial is 2,711 concrete slabs in an irregular field.
Each slab is a different height and they are not positioned in any identifiable pattern. It is thought that this is to sum up the individuality of the victims, to counter the blanket classification of “The Jews”, showing how each person was more than just their religion. Walking amongst the slabs results in a haunting feeling that is unique to short breaks in Berlin.
Here are some useful facts that may come in handy on short breaks to Berlin:
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