Tuesday, 28 August 2012

The Berlin Beat

The capital of Germany is more than just a historic travel destination; it’s a place that’s worth visiting for its past, present and its future. When you book your flights to Berlin, make sure you allocate enough time to explore the famous past of the city as well as experience the pace at which it is racing into the future.

Berlin’s active history is present throughout the city; so wherever you go in Berlin, you’ll have a glimpse of what happened in the city long back. At the same time, modern buildings, infrastructure and retail stores have made this a very friendly city to visit. Berlin can also be a cheap destination for vacationers because you can get cheap flights to Berlin from most major cities anywhere in the world. 

Book cheap tickets to Berlin by keeping a watch for travel deals with major carriers like Air France or British Airways; this way you can save on airfares. You can also get cheap flight tickets by booking your flights for Berlin’s low season and avoiding the city during peak periods like the New Year’s eve and Berlinale festival. 

Making the best of your Berlin Holiday 

The first attraction that most tourists want to see, though there’s not much of it left, is the Berlin Wall. The Memorial of Berlin Wall at Bernauer Strasse offers a glimpse of the famous divider that separated East and West Berlin. The history of the wall has been documented through videos that you can view in the visitor’s center; this place is a must visit to understand the Berlin of the past. 

Berlin’s museums are world famous and vast in number; get a museum pass to view all the museums you are interested in. The Museuminsel with its five renowned museums is a UNESCO world Heritage site and fascinating to visit. The Ddr Musuem, Kulturforum, Deutsches Historisches Museum and the Topography of Terror are other places worth visiting to get to know Berlin’s infamous history. The Reichstag that now houses the German Parliament is another landmark that you cannot miss. You can combine this with the Brandenburg Gate, DZ Bank and the Holocaust Museum. 

Other key attractions here are the Berliner Dom, Charlottenburg Palace and Hamburger Bahnhof. Kids can have a great time in Berlin with attractions like the Legoland, the Berlin Zoo, Domaene Dahlem and the Tiergarten. The Postdamer Plaza is where the best shopping is and you will surely enjoy the array of dining options here too. 

For many visitors to Berlin, both in the past and now, the nightlife here is its key attraction. Kneipes, as pubs are called, and cabaret shows dominate the scene and to say the nightlife here is pulsating would be an understatement. 

Foodies traveling to Berlin are in for a treat; with delicious local cuisine with dishes like the boulette and currywurst and surprisingly inexpensive dining options, eating can be a major pastime when you are in this city. Restaurants serving cuisines of different places are spread all over the city; so if you want to some Chinese, Thai, Indian or Greek food, you’re sure to get it here. 

With so much to see and an excellent, yet affordable public transport system that’s user-friendly, Berlin can be just the right place for your next vacation.


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