Boasting a vibrant culture, bon vivant ambience, avant-garde architecture, fantastic food, and parties that you will never forget, Berlin is a city that never sleeps and one that is happy to stay awake. If you are looking for a fun and lively place to spend a few days or a weekend at, make sure that Berlin is on the cards. It is needless to say that this city has a rich history, from being the Nazi headquarters and staging revolutions to being bombed, and divided and then reunited, Berlin seems to have done it all, and survived to tell the tale. There is so much to see and do here, that you might just end up planning many short breaks to Berlin! However, if all you have got is one weekend, here are a few things that you must do to truly experience the beauty and charm of Berlin.
Visit Brandenburg Gate
Easily one of the most iconic attractions in the city, short breaks to Berlin can never be considered complete without visiting the Brandenburg Gate. Built in 1791, this gate was initially just another one of the many old city gates in Berlin. This gate has stood as a sentinel in times of peace, war, and during the Cold War. In 1989, when the world asked for the reunification of Germany, Ronald Reagan famously said, “Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.” A few of the attractions not to miss when you visit the Brandenburg Gate are the decorative Pariser Platz at its foot, and some of the most important buildings in the city such as the Hotel Adlon and the Berlin Academy of the Arts.
Tip: Visit the Brandenburg Gate at night – the place is beautifully illuminated which makes for some great pictures to immortalize your short breaks to Berlin, and the crowds are thin so you can take your own sweet time enjoying this landmark and taking pictures.
Savor a Currywurst
If you could eat just one dish during your short breaks to Berlin, make sure it is a currywurst. Easily the most popular fast food dish in Germany, the currywurst was first created by Herta Heuwer at Berlin in 1949. This dish consists of a hot sausage that is cut into slices and drowned in a delectable mix of curry powder and tomato ketchup. This dish is so popular in Germany, that Berlin actually hosts a Currywurst Museum chronicling the beginnings and the changes in this culinary marvel.
Tip: Make your way to Konnopke’s in Prenzlauer Berg for the best currywurst in Berlin.
Stop by the Fernsehturm (Berlin TV Tower)
You’ve probably seen pictures of the tall Fernsehturm structure, but nothing will compare to actually seeing it for yourself on your short breaks to Berlin. Built in the late 1960s, the Fernsehturm stands 368 meters high, and is the tallest structure in all of Germany. You can buy a ticket to go up to the observation deck that offers you clear and unfettered view of the city for up to 42kms in all directions.
Tip: The ticket line queues to get to the observation deck of the Fernsehturm tend to be long. Save yourself the trouble by easily booking your ticket online. Once you get your fill of the brilliant view that the deck offers, stop by the Telecafé for currywurst that will complete your culinary adventure.
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