Berlin looks back on an eventful history of more than 750 years. Various historic episodes have left marks on the face and the atmosphere of the city: The Brandenburg Gate, Victory Column, Olympic stadium or the Urania World time clock. These and other monuments and memorials remind visitors of the city’s lively past. Nowadays, Berlin is an open-minded city, a melting pot for many cultures. More than 190 nationalities represented in the city shape the metropolis in many ways. This is also reflected in the cultural life. 175 museums, 140 theatres, 300 private or municipal galleries and 300 cinemas demonstrate that Berlin is an excellent destination when it comes to art and culture.
Around 12.5 million people visit the German capital every year – and the visitor numbers are increasing. From the famous landmark, the Brandenburg Gate, the symbol for division and unification of Germany, to the Reichstag, the seat of the German government – the city has many interesting sights to offer. One highlight – and also a historic location – is the Museum Island, home to five internationally-renowned museums, e.g. the Pergamon Museum with its most prominent exhibit, the monumental Pergamon Altar. Last but not least, many beautiful parks and gardens with impressive stately homes such as the Charlottenburg Palace or Sanssouci Palace attract many visitors every year.
Besides these sights, a Spreetour along the river is a great way to view the city from another perspective or a city tour including stops at famous traditional and international restaurants and cafes, while experiencing interesting facts about the “Kiez” history.
Apart from the cultural sights, Berlin is also a culinary hotspot. Around 4,500 restaurants serve almost every type of food. One particularly famous Berlin dish is the Currywurst, a fried sausage with spiced tomato sauce. There are numerous restaurants where you can try Currywurst and even a Currywurst museum located close to Checkpoint Charlie. It is a dish definitely not to be missed when visiting Berlin.
The culinary hotspots often have a certain hipster flair. Most of them are very modern and unusual like the invisible restaurant, where you can dine in the dark or kado whose offering diverse licorice from all over the world. For more variety a quick trip to the Market hall nine, with all kinds of diverse dishes, or to the Thaipark serving traditional food, should be made.