Berlin

Berlin

Overview

 

Not many cities have experienced the sheer number (and magnitude) of historical events that Berlin has undergone. From revolutions and bombings, to being completely divided and again re-united all within a 100-year period, this city is no stranger to change.

 

A strong link to a history of uncertainties might be what makes Berlin so unique. It harbors both the old and the new, side-by-side, not neatly organized, but completely in-your-face. Whether you’re a connoisseur of fine dining and chamber music, or a punk anarchist looking for an underground party, you will leave Berlin a happy camper.

 

Hot Spots

Sites to see include the Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag, and of course the remains of the Berlin Wall. These and other historical buildings are a constant reminder of what the city has been through.

 

It’s a really good idea to experience the other more alternative sides of Berlin as well. You can have a taste of eating and drinking in pitch-black darkness at the Unsicht Bar. Also, visit what used to be a squatters' nest - Kunsthaus Tacheles - which has since evolved into a center for artists, boasting galleries and studios of all shapes and sizes.

 

Culture

Awarded the title “City of Design” by UNESCO because of its extra-special effort to create interest in design and architecture, Berlin has become a lively hub for designers and creators of every type. When planning your trip, check the internet for exhibitions that will be running while you’re there. And if you don’t feel like going into an art museum, you can just enjoy the thousands of colorful and talented works by graffiti artists that appear throughout the city.

 

Land-Based Casinos

If you’re looking for some European casino thrills, make sure to visit Casino Berlin. Located on the 37th floor of the Park Inn Hotel, with a stunning view of the city, this casino will take your breath away even before you’ve bought your chips.

Map of Berlin

Upcoming Events Across Europe

  • Rhine in Flames, Germany

    Germany’s most famous waterway gets lit up by fireworks displays every Saturday night in May. The illuminating spectacle takes place all along various points on the Rhine River each weekend. Each town along the river celebrates with events and festivals which include music, dancing, and great food. There’s no better way to brighten up your weekend German getaway.

  • Cannes Film Festival, France

    The Super Bowl of cinema, the Cannes Film Festival is arguably Europe’s biggest event of the calendar year. Tens of thousands flock to the French Riviera to catch a glimpse of some of the world’s top actors walking the red carpet steps. Glitz and glamour rule the day as films of all genres take center stage from May 11–22.

  • Chelsea Flower Show, England

    Put on by the Royal Horticultural Society from May 24–28, be prepared to be greeted by 11 acres of the UK's finest flowers, gardens, and nursery exhibits. You’ll surely develop a passion for plants as you stroll through the vibrant, blooming event grounds.