Berlin – The German Partyland

Few other cities in Europe share the complicated and extravagant history of Berlin. Germany’s Capital city and the most populous city in the European Union, Berlin was part of the Roman Empire, the capital of the Kingdom of Prussia and the German Empire, and was on the focus of much of the world during the whole of the 20th century for the German involvement in both World Wars and the Cold War. After World War II, Berlin had to be built back again from the ashes, which separates it from most other European capitals when it comes to the modernism of most of its architecture, and the scarcity of more historical styles. However, Berlin offers an endless amount of entertainment and culture for tourists.

Brandenburg Gate is one of the first recommendations for every visitor in Berlin. Similar to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, the ancient entrance to the city was founded in 1791 and witnessed many historical events such as both Napoleon’s and Hitler’s victory parades. During the Cold War, where Germany got separated, it got situated at the border of both Germanys by the construction of the Wall. After the Gate, there is Unter den Linden Avenue, Berlin’s most important road, where visitors can find the Neue Wache building, and Bebelplatz, the location persevered as a memorial of all the book burnings carried out during Nazi Germany. 

The Berlin Wall is probably the most famous monument to visit in Berlin. A memorial to the division of East and West Germany that lasted for 28 years during the Cold War towards the end of the 20th century, the stretches of the wall that are still kept are a sight not to be missed in the capital of Germany. The largest portion of the wall that was kept, after its demolition in 1989, is known as the East Side Gallery, where many commemorative graffiti paintings have been made, either teaching about the history of the wall or purely as messages of peace.

The Jewish Quarter is yet another stunning place filled with history for all visitors to experience. It is the place where travellers can sense the footprint left by the huge Jewish communities that lived in Berlin prior to WWII. Places like Rosenstrasse street and the Block der Frauen monument, the Hackesche Hofe and the Hackesche Markt, the Dead Chicken Alley, and the Memorial Jewish Cemetery are certainly worth a visit. While Berlin has got many historical sites that should not be missed, and many more not mentioned such as the Holocaust Museum, the Cathedral or the Alexanderplatz square, it is hardly the only thing to do there. Tasting German cuisine, such as currywurst, or getting a buzz from world-famous German beer, is obligatory as well. Tourists can visit historical sites, visit museums, or go out, have fun and meet people in the Berlin night-life. There is really so much to do

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