Discover one of the coolest cities in Europe this autumn - Berlin

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Checkpoint Charlie

Checkpoint Charlie

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Learn about the city’s history at the iconic Checkpoint Charlie the former border crossing patrolled by American and English troops, not far is the famous train station Friedrichstraße a popular escape route for those living in East Berlin during the time of the Wall. It was also the only transport crossing where it was permitted for Berliner's to travel across the Wall, The Tränenpalast (The Palace of Tears) museum is located outside of the station also offers an exhibition about the importance of the station during the time of the Berlin Wall.


East Side gallery

East side gallery

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After the Berlin Wall was taken down in 1989, 118 artists came together to decorate and create murals on the east side of the wall near Ostbahnhof, documenting the city's history and political changes. It's also the largest open-air gallery in the world making the East Side Gallery a great place not only to learn about Berlin's history, but for holiday snaps too, what's more, the trendy Boxhagener Platz is just around the corner full of cool bars and restaurants.

Hamburger Bahnhof

Hamburger Bahnhof

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Berlin is a hub for contemporary art, with many galleries dotted across the city but one 'must-visit' is the Hamburger Bahnhof - an old railway station which has been converted into a gallery for contemporary art and is part of the National Gallery.

 

Shopping in Berlin

West City

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Berlin has plenty of cool shopping districts to cater for all, whether you're looking for designer outlets in the high-end Kurfürstendamm referred to as Ku’damm, with Olivaer Platz offering exclusive and luxury brands, you can also find high street flagship stores in the area such as Zara and Nike. Both Hackescher Markt and Weinmeisterstraße are located in the popular Mitte district - Hackescher Markt offering weekly markets and Weinmeisterstraße, young and trendy clothing brands, both within a short walking distance to each other and offer plenty of great bars and restaurants.

 

Urban eateries

Rutz Berlin

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Prenzlauer Berg and Mitte are popular areas for diners with Torstrasse and Rosenthaler Platz offering trendy concept spaces such as Dudu a popular Japanese restaurant, Transit a Thai and Indonesian fusion restaurant and Rutz a chic wine and dining bar with international dishes. Bikini building a complex nearby Kurfürstendamm offers trendy shopping and urban eateries, Neni Berlin is a must for those wanting panoramic views of the city as well as delicious sharing plates, and Monkey Bar their cool roof terrace bar was voted the best hotel bar in 2015 - the ideal place for an evening drink.

 

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