I learn something new every time I visit Berlin. It’s a city I’ve visited in all seasons and for all different reasons, including for the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Each visit reveals a new side of Berlin. History always seems so present in the city that brings the past into today in a visceral way.
It's easy to spend hours getting lost in Berlin’s world-class museums, or by eating your way through the melting pot of international cuisines. In such a significant city, it can be hard to know where to begin. Here’s what I suggest.
Berlin is cool and gray for much of the year, with bright, sunny summers.
If you only have time for one thing, make it the remains of the Berlin Wall, a key to Berlin’s recent history.
Afterwards, visit Berlin’s old Jewish district and learn about the Jewish history of the city, from the remains of its synagogues to its memorials and museums. Make sure to stop by the Neue Synagogue.
In the evening, get a taste of Berlin’s famous nightlife on a journey through the pubs and clubs that buzz with energy at all hours. Explore East Berlin’s after-hours scene and see how this vibrant city lives at night.