The reunification of East en West Germany in 1990 made Berlin come out as modern and lively, forward-looking cultural centre. Nowadays Europe’s capital of cool has over 170 museums and galleries with diverse topics as twentieth-century and contemporary art, old-master paintings, the city’s past and its Jewish residents, erotica, ethnology, technology, Indian art and European culture, the ancient Greek architecture, ancient Egypt, Bauhaus design and architecture and natural history. But also the more recent history at the Berlin Wall Memorial and the House am Checkpoint Charlie.
Berlin Wall Memorial
The Berlin Wall Memorial remembers the ones who tried to cross the border from east to west and didn’t make it alive. You can peer through sections of the wall in preserved area’s to see what’s left of the electric fence and anti-tank equipments in the dead strip.
Nightlife And Festivals
Berlin has a very exciting nightlife and exclusive club scene which attracts the young from all over the world. The city also has a lot of annual festivals, such as Myfest, PopKomm and one of the largest gay pride festivals of Europe: Christopher Street Day.
The architecture in Berlin is overwhelming and of many different periods. Visit the rebuilt Schloss Charlottenburg, the seat of the German Cancellor which is a spectacular of the modern architecture which is used nowadays by Berliners to rebuild their city. Don’t forget to go to the debating chamber of the Reichstag building which is made of glass and overlooks the Brandeburger Gate.
Boutiques And Opera
Take a stroll along the expensive boutiques and many stylish restaurants and cafés in Kurfürsterdamm. Visit the Tiergarten Park and walk along Unter den Linden from the Brandenburg Gate to the river if you like it more relaxed or visit one of the famous opera’s. Whether you go to old or new Berlin and whether you like historical or modern, Berlin is a fascinating city for everyone.