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Berlin is Germany’s capital and as such it is chock full of opulent architecture, museums and art galleries. But despite its wealth of history and culture, these days Berlin is probably best known for its lively club scene and bustling bars.
It is the biggest metropolitan city in Germany and despite the fact much of it was destroyed during the Second World War it has been massively regenerated, especially since the early 1990s. The architecture is an eclectic mix of ultra-modern glass buildings and a sprinkle of medieval structures.
As it is such a bustling city a number of hotels in Berlin are close to conference centres which are equipped to cater for intimate get togethers or international meetings and shows. The dbb Forum Berlin is in the heart of the city and the atrium can hold from 70-250 people. Its glass wall helps give it a modern and airy feel.
The eateries in Berlin are as diverse as the buildings. You can buy traditional snacks from street vendors such as the currywurst, which is essentially a bratwurst covered in curry powder and ketchup, and popular with locals; Curry 36 (opposite the Mehringdamm U-Bahn station in Kreuzberg) makes especially good ones. If you would rather eat inside you will pleasantly surprised by the reasonable prices compared to other European cities. Hackescher Markt / Oranienburger Straße has a large selection of restaurants that are popular with tourists and locals alike.
Several hotels in Berlin are situated in the heart of the city, such as the Tryp Berlin Mitte which is conveniently located for local shopping, sightseeing and socialising. Ku'Damm and its extension, Tauentzienstraße are the city’s main shopping streets but there are also a variety of markets mainly at weekends including Mauerpark and Arkonaplatz. They are open on Sundays and are close to each other.
History buffs will be fascinated by the capital’s many sites and some are easily accessible from the hotels in Berlin. The city’s unsavoury history during the Nazi years and the Cold War is documented at the Topography of Terror. The city also has a memorial dedicated to the Jews who perished under Hitler’s rule. It features a piece of abstract art and an underground museum. After a night on the town, freshen up and head to Badeschiff (Bathing Ship) a former barge that has been converted into a swimming pool on the Spree River. Don’t go home without seeing the remaining strip of the Berlin Wall. It has been preserved as a gallery and contains a variety of wonderful murals.
Berlin people love sport especially football and it is worth checking out the Olympic stadium which hosted the 2006 world Cup final. Come in winter, spring or autumn and you might get to see Hertha BSC Berlin play.