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“Willkommen in Berlin“! Welcome in the capital that made history! Between East and West, between nostalgia and avant-garde, Berlin has established itself as a must-see destination for culture lovers. Museums, theaters, concerts: you will never be short of ideas to spice your stay up. At dusk, go and discover the many bars and restaurants that make Berlin’s nightlife so famous. Jump straight into the action with City Getaway! We have a large choice of holiday apartments located in the centre of Berlin. Book yours now!

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Charlottenburg

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The Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf district, chic and mostly residential, had its prime during the 1920s. It then included many cinemas, nightclubs and fashion boutiques and drew in many Berliners. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, the center has moved to the east, and the neighborhood has lost its popularity in favour of the neighborhoods like Mitte or Prenzlauer Berg. Yet it remains a nice place to visit, especially for its Castle and its gardens overlooking the River Spree. Art lovers will appreciate the Berggruen Museum and its exhibitions of modern art and the Museum of Photography, where you can admire the works of Helmut Newton and other famous photographers. The Memorial Church, or rather what is left of it, stands proudly on Breitscheidplatz.

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Charlottenburg Palace. It is the largest palace in Berlin which consists of several buildings. The Old Palace (Altes Schloss) is the oldest; it was built by the Elector of Brandenburg Frederick III to be the summer residence of his wife Sophie Charlotte. After her death, he renamed the castle in her honour. The New Wing (Neuer Flügel) was, in turn, added by Frederick the Great. Other pavilions were built later, as the Mausoleum. The spacious gardens of French and English landscape style are ideal for a walk after an afternoon visit. Spandauer Damm 20-24. Both wings can be visited separately. Old Palace: From Tuesday to Sunday: 10:00-18:00 (17:00 from November to March). €12€, reduced rate €8€ (audio guide included). New Wing: from Wednesday to Monday: 10:00-18:00 (17:00 from November to March). €6, reduced rate: €5 (audio guide included).

Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. The original church was completed in 1895, but was almost destroyed by the bombing raids of World War II. The damaged spire, the sole survivor of the old church, was restored and now stands in the centre of the Breitscheidplatz, a true symbol of peace. A new modern church was built incorporating the spire; the walls contain more than 20,000 stained glasses. Breitscheidplatz. Open daily from 9:00 to 19:00.

The Museum of Photography. The museum is divided into two sections. The 2 first floors house the collection of fashion photographer Helmut Newton, which work is shown during temporary exhibitions. The second floor covers photography from the 19th century to the present. Jebensstraße 2. From Tuesday to Sunday: 10:00-18:00 (20:00 on Thursday). €8, €4 for students and visitors under 18.

Kurfürstendamm Boulevard. One of Berlin’s legendary streets, also called the Champs-Élysées of Berlin, is due to the mixture of culture, shopping and gastronomy a major attraction of Berlin. This very broad, long avenue is full of shops, cafes, restaurants and theatres. Exclusive fashion labels as well as luxury car manufacturers invite you to discover lifestyle & trends.

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Friedrichshain

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Attention, trendy Berlin district! Friedrichshain, with its low rents and its dynamic and eclectic atmosphere for some years now, attracted the bohemian bourgeois  and artists. But make no mistake, the neighborhood has retained its distinct character and industrial features of the former East Berlin. To check it out, walk along Karl-Marx-Allee for a tour to the former GDR. This long boulevard was the pride of the communist regime, lined with monumental and impersonal buildings. To see the creativity in Berlin, East Side Gallery is a must: a section of wall is used to support artists around the world inspired by the history of the city so singular. Nearby, the Spree and a bridge to the splendid medieval look, the Oberbaumbrücke, which connects to the Friedrichshain district of Kreuzberg.

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East Side Gallery. A section of 1.3 km of the former Berlin Wall contains hundred images by artists,  touching, inspiring and provocative memorial for freedom. This open air exhibition is one of the most representative places of Berlin and its history. Behind the Wall, take the time to have a drink with your feet in the sand facing the Spree: a real delight in warm weather. Mühlenstr. 17.

Karl-Marx-Allee. This street which stretches for more than 2 km was the showcase of the former GDR regime; it is also where its army marched every year. The imposing buildings, typical of Soviet architecture, contained spacious and luxurious apartments. Feel free to stop at N° 72, where Cafe Sybille has been since the 1950s.

The Oberbaum Bridge. This lovely double-deck bridge is easily recognizable with its towers and arches. It was inaugurated in 1896 and destroyed in 1945. Rebuilt after the reunification of two Germanys, it connects the districts of Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg. Warschauer Str.

Boxhagener Platz. A flea market is held here every Sunday. This is the place to find used clothes, furniture, books and items at bargain prices. Along the square you will find charming cafes, ideal for brunch or a quick lunch. Flea Market: Sundays from 10:00 to 20:00.

Simon-Dach-Strasse. A street, full of life, where bars, restaurants and shops line up. In summer, the terraces are filled and tourists mingle with locals in a friendly atmosphere.

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Kreuzberg

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Kreuzberg is a one of the most popular and lively area of the capital. Located in the West Berlin, this neighborhood has historically been home to the alternative subcultures. There are still remains of the culture diversity and creativity, despite of the arrival of a more bourgeois society, residing primarily in the West. To explore Kreuzberg’ culture, visit Köpi, an old squat occupied by artists and performers. The Oranienstrasse is full of cafes, bookstores and Turkish restaurants. Bergmannstrasse, just as alive, has retained its bohemian spirit with its second-hand shops and bars. Further north, Checkpoint Charlie is inescapable: the open air exhibition will take you back to the heart of the Cold War. The Jewish Museum, here you will discover 2000 years of Jewish history in Germany.

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Checkpoint Charlie. This former checkpoint between West Berlin and East Berlin was the main crossing point between the two parts of the city. This is where Soviet and American tanks faced each other in October 1961. Today, you can see the reproduction of an American checkpoint and line of cobblestones marking the border as the original structure was demolished. An open-air exhibit with photos and text tells the story of the Cold War. Friedrichstr. 43.

Jewish Museum. Located in an architecturally stunning building, this museum tells the story of the Jewish community in Germany. It covers the period from the Middle Ages to the present, more than 2000 years. There are works of art, but also objects of daily life, photos and videos. Temporary exhibitions are also held throughout the year. Lindenstr. 9-14. Open Daily: from 10:00 to 20:00, Sunday: from 10:00 to 22:00. €5, €2.50 for students, free for children under 6 years. Free admission for persons under 18 years on the first Saturday of every month. Audio guide: €3.

Kopi. It is less touristy than its cousin Tacheles, located on the opposite bank of the Spree, but equally emblematic of the alternative culture of Berlin. This squat, occupied since 1990, hosts several dozen artists who struggle for its survival. Want to go to a punk concert? If Punk music doesn’t please you, you can simply take a beer or visit an exhibition. Köpenicker Str. 137.

Viktoriapark. This beautiful park located on the highest hill of the city promises a pleasant walk, whether with family or in a couple. At the top, a memorial commemorates the 1815 victory of the Prussians against Napoleon. A long artificial waterfall down the hill and large lawns are ideal for a picnic. Kreuzbergstr.

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Mitte

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The historic center of Berlin will not leave you indifferent. Located in the former East Berlin, this part of the city is constantly changing. Demolition, reconstruction, renovation: for some years already, a new wind is blowing through the neighborhood. A pleasant way to explore the historical center is to take one of the many boats located at the banks of the Spree river. Many of the city’s monuments and sights are situated on both sides of Unter den Linden avenue ("under the linden trees”). It runs from the Brandenburg Gate and connects with the Museum Island. South of the avenue, the majestic Gendarmenmarkt houses two almost identical churches: the French Church and the German Church. The must-go to (re) discover the country's modern history is the Museum of German History.

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Brandenburg Gate. The gate, completed in 1791, is the monumental entry to Unter Den Linden. Located next to the Berlin Wall, it is the symbol of the division as well as the symbol of reunification of the city. Thousands of people gathered at the Wall to celebrate its fall on 9 November 1989. Pariser Platz 1.

Holocaust memorial. Located on the former no man's land surrounding the Berlin Wall, this sober and somber site is devoted to Jewish victims of World War II. It took 17 years of discussion before the site, covered with 2,711 concrete slabs, was finished. An information center is located in the basement, where you find among others the biographies of victims. Ebertstraße.

Museum of German History. On the ground floor of this museum you will discover the rich German history of the 20th century. Upstairs, the museum traces the history of the city from the Middle Ages to the early 20th century through paintings, furniture, documents and other objects. The temporary exhibitions are presented in the nearby I.M Pei building. Unter den Linden 2. Ts open daily from 10 to 18. € 5, free for children under 18.

Berlin Cathedral. The largest Lutheran church in Berlin has experienced a turbulent past. Renovated several times over the centuries, it stands majestically on Museum Island, in the northern area of the Spree river. Richly decorated, there are more than 90 tombs, including those of the Prussian kings. Its dome can be visited; it offers breathtaking views of the neighborhood. Lustgarten. From Monday to Saturday: from 09:00 to 20:00, Sundays and holidays: from 12:00 to 20:00. €7, €4 for students and pensioners, free admission for children under 18 years. Audio Guide (English): €3.

Museum Island. The complex of museums located on the Spree island was added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in 1999. It comprises of five museums, built in 1824 and 1930. Their collections cover several millennia, from ancient times to the 19th century.

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Mitte-Wedding

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Wedding, the 'new' central Berlin, is located about 5 km to the northwest of the historical city centre and is part of Mitte district. It has been the heart and soul of Berlin working class since 19th century and unlike other districts, its original character has been preserved. Being one of the most modest areas in Berlin, it is home to a vibrant students and artists’ community. Instead of museums and mansions, you will find factories converted into loft cafes and art galleries. The neighbourhood comprises several green areas and parks, typical of Berlin, such as the public park Rehberge, the Schillerpark, the Humboldthain park, and the idyllic Plötzensee, a green oasis and a popular summer hang-out with sandy beaches.

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Anti-War Museum.  The museum, first of its kind, founded in 1925 by the pacifist Ernst Friedrich, was destroyed by Nazis in 1933. It was then reopened in 1982 by Ernst Friedrich’s grandson, Tommy Spree. The broad collection consists of historical and current exhibits on war and peace, and also includes an original Second World War air raid shelter. Brüsseler Straße 21. Open daily from 16:00-20:00. Free admission.

Sugar Museum. The world's oldest museum (1904) is devoted to the history, technology and chemistry of this sweet sticky substance. It is divided into 11 sections in which the visitor can learn all about the cultivation of beet and cane sugar, as well as the principles underlying modern nutritional science and relationship between sugar and technological, cultural and political developments. The museum also contains a collection of over 1,800 sugar pots, as well as stamps and old sugar advertisements. Amrumer Straße 32. From Monday to Thursday: 09:00-16:30, Sunday: 11:00-18:00. 6€, tarif réduit: 3,50€.

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Mitte-Tiergarten

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Located in the heart of the city, Tiergarten comprises a centre of pride and beauty for Berlin, bringing locals and visitors together to take an advantage of this natural paradise in the middle of the capital. What used to be the hunting grounds for the Prussian aristocracy, it’s nowadays the largest city’s park with diverse landscapes to discover as one wanders its gardens and flower beds, meadows, lakes and open-air cafes. It also houses the country's political headquarters such as the Reichstag, along with the Bundeskanzleramt (the German Chancellery) and the official residence of President, the Bellevue Palace. The oldest Zoological Garden in Germany, covering 34 hectares of the Tiergarten park, is a popular family spot and fun for both adults and children!

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Reichstag. This building became the headquarter of Bundestag, the German Parliament, after the reunification of Germany. Severely damaged during World War II, it was rebuilt from 1955 to 1972. The reconstruction of the building as we know it today was completed in 1999, with the huge glass dome on the roof. This site is a must in Berlin, both for its historical value and also for its impressive view over the city. Platz der Republik 1. Visit of the dome: daily from 08:00 to 23:00. Reservations online only https://visite.bundestag.de. Free admission, audio guide included.

Bellevue Palace. This neo-classical palace, built in the 18th century, is the official residence of the President of Germany since 1994. It is located right on the banks of the Spree and surrounded by a beautiful park. Spreeweg 1. Visit of the Bellevue Palace is only possible at the open day. Virtual tour available at http://www.bundespraesident.de.

Victory Column. This slender 67 meters high monument, topped by the golden sculpture of goddess Victoria, is the symbol of Prussian military victories of the 19th century. Originally located in front of the Reichstag in the former Königsplatz, the column was relocated by the Nazis in 1938. Make the effort and climb those 285 steep stairs to an open-air viewing platform, right below the statue, and you’ll be rewarded with one of the best views of Berlin’s Tiergarten. Großer Stern. From April to October: 9:30-18:30, from November to March: 9:30-17:30. €2,20, reduced rate €1,50.

Zoological Garden and Aquarium. The oldest zoo in Germany is home to more than 1,400 different species, some of them endangered. The aquarium, itself, offers a broad variety of animals from sharks, jellyfish to colourful fish. Hardenbergplatz 8. Open daily from 09:00 to 17:00 (19:00 from March 20 to October 3). Ticket zoo + aquarium: €20, €10 for children aged 5 - 15.
 

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Potsdamer Platz

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The area of Potsdamer Platz is the symbol of the urban renovation the city experienced after the fall of the Berlin Wall. This district, divided and neglected during the years of the Wall, is now full of life. Several monumental buildings were constructed, such as the Sony Center, the Daimler City or the Beisheim Center. There are many office spaces, shopping centers, luxury hotels, restaurants and recreational areas. The Weinhaus Huth, the oldest building in the neighborhood, dates from before the war. Today it houses the Daimler Contemporary art gallery. For other exhibitions, visit Kulturforum, which includes more than five museums and other cultural buildings. Then enjoy the Tiergarten, a huge park where you can stroll between its paths and many pools.

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Sony Center. This complex, opened in 2000, stands out for its impressive marquee-shaped roof that changes color at night. In its central square, the Sony Plaza, you will find many restaurants, some shops but also cinemas, the Film and Television Museum and the Legoland Discovery Center, which will fascinate the youngest ones with its incredible LEGO models. Potsdamer Straße 4.

Tiergarten. Formerly the hunting area of the Great Elector Frederick William, it was later transformed into a public park. During the war, its wood was used for heating in Berlin. Today it is a very nice park to visit, either by bike or walking. You will discover many green areas, perfect for a ball game or a picnic, several picturesque lakes, bridges among the splendid landscape and walkways lined with rhododendrons. Do not miss this paradise in the heart of the city! Straße des 17. Juni.

Topography of Terror. This permanent exhibition tells the worst of Nazism and its crimes. Located on the former site of the Gestapo and the SS headquarters, we learn the history of these institutions which were created as instruments of repression. Part of the wall completes the visit. Niederkirchnerstraße 8. From May to September: 10:00-20:00, from October to April: 10:00-18:00. Free admission.

Kulturforum. This huge cultural center includes several museums, two libraries, a church and the Philharmonie, the prestigious concert hall in Berlin. The New National Gallery is the oldest museum dedicated to artworks from the 20th century. The Art Gallery gathers paintings by major European artists from the 13th to the 18th century. The center also houses the Museum of Decorative Arts (closed for renovation), the Museum of Musical Instruments and the Print Room, which collection of graphic arts is known worldwide. Matthäikirchplatz.

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Prenzlauer Berg

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In Prenzlauer Berg, you will not find grandiose monuments or museums; however, you will be charmed by its atmosphere and its relaxed lifestyle. Neglected during the communist period, it experienced a real boom after the fall of Berlin Wall. Gradually, artists, intellectuals and punks who lived in the neighborhood witnessed the arrival of the free-and-easy youth. Despite the recent changes, the bohemian spirit remains: to witness it, just go to Mauerpark on Sunday to see the flea market and its cosmopolitan crowd. Kollwitzplatz market is also worth visiting for both its products and its location.  Kastanienallee is full of unique shops and bars...

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Kollwitzplatz. This charming spot, surrounded by many restaurants and bars, is always alive. With its flowered terraces, it is particularly pleasant during summer time. Every Thursday and Saturday, an organic market attracts a local crowd. Nearby, you will find an old water tower: the oldest water tower in the city, once used by the SA as a prison, now houses private apartments. On Rykestrasse, a synagogue with the same name can be visited, it is the biggest in Berlin.

Kastanienallee. This street is fittingly called the "Castingallee". Lined with fashion boutiques, it is swarming with people looking for a bargain. There are also many restaurants and bars, where you can enjoy the hustle and bustle of the street. At No. 7 you will find the Prater, the oldest "beer garden" in Berlin.

Mauerpark. Its name, "the park wall" refers to the Berlin Wall which cut the park in two parts: one part of the wall is still visible. Every Sunday, a flea market brings Berliners and tourists in a joyful brouhaha. When the weather is nice, you will see families and friends enjoying a barbecue, street performers and even a giant karaoke performed by several hundred people. Bernauer Str. 63 to 64. Flea Market: Sundays from 08:00 to 18:00.

Kulturbrauerei. This former brewery, in operation until 1967, is today a cultural complex. Made of 20 brick buildings and courtyards, it is home to concert halls, theaters, restaurants and cafes. Many events are hosted throughout the year. Schönhauser Allee 36.

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Wilmersdorf

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Wilmersdorf has always been a middle and upper class residential area and home to Berlin's Jewish population, now mostly of Russian descent. Combined with Charlottenburg district in 2001, it is one of the wealthiest districts, with the most exclusive shops and high-class villas and apartments. It houses some cultural landmarks such as Berlin Mosque, Germany's oldest mosque in use or the historic Russian Orthodox Cathedral of the Resurrection of Jesus.

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Berlin Mosque. The Germany's oldest mosque, designed by K. A. Hermann, was built between 1923 and 1925 and today it is still in use. The two 27 metres tall minarets were heavily damaged during the WWII, but rebuilt between 1999 and 2001. Brienner Straße 7-8. The Friday Prayer (Salat al-Jumuʿah) is held every Friday at 1:15 p.m.

Church at Hohenzollernplatz. This modern building, considered one of the main pieces of Brick Expressionism, was designed by  Fritz Högers between 1930 and 1933. The Evangelical church also offers the two annual art exhibitions and organ music on Wednesdays and Saturday mornings. Hohenzollerndamm 202. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 14:00-18:00, Wednesday and Saturday: 11:00-13:00, Sunday: 09:30-12:30 (From April to November).

Volkspark Wilmersdorf. This is a true haven and soothing urban retreat with walking and jogging paths around the Fennsee lake and several play and sport areas, the perfect spot for a Sunday afternoon.

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Spandau

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Spandau is the westernmost district of Berlin built in the 7th century along the Havel and Spree rivers and several lakes. Older than Berlin itself, it was once an independent city and still retains much of its own unique character. The old town offers remarkable architectural monuments such as the impressive Spandau Citadel, a 16th century fortress and one of the best-preserved Renaissance military structures of Europe. In addition to the picturesque medieval streets with timber-framed buildings and beautiful market square, the neighbourhood provides a wealth of idyllic countryside featuring meadows, riverside woods, quiet streams, inviting restaurants and marinas. Tiefwerder Meadows, also called “Little Venice” by Berliners, is a magical place perfect to explore on a rowing boat or canoe tour.

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Spandau Citadel. This square Renaissance fortress surrounded entirely by water dates back to the 16th century and is among the best preserved of its kind in Europe. The Citadel's current exterior was created by Italian architect Francesco Chiaramella de Gandino, who was replaced by Rochus Graf zu Lynar one year later. The Juliusturm Tower, 30 metres up a neo-Gothic spiral staircase, is one of the oldest surviving structures in Berlin. Am Juliusturm 64. Open daily: 10:00-17:00. €4.50, reduced rate: €2.50 (including museums, Juliusturm, exhibitions).

Gothic House. Built as a dwelling house in the second half of the 15th century, the gothic house is considered to be the oldest secular building to be found in Berlin. Since then, it has been architecturally modified several times, for the most part after a fire in the 18th century. It houses the Spandau City Museum, tourist information office and offers exhibitions on the architectural history of Spandau. Breite Strasse 37. From Monday to Friday: 10:00-18:00, Saturday: 10:00-17:30. Free admission.

Fort Hahneberg. Built from 1882 till 1888 as a part of the defence system of Berlin-Spandau with the Citadel, due to the rapid development of technology, particularly the highly explosive shrapnel-ammunition, it became obsolete for the military purposes even before its completion. Today the fort is representing itself as an architectural, military and nature-monument. Ernst-Bruch-Zeile 39. Guided tours on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays: at 14:00 and 16:00 (from April to October).
 

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Schöneberg

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Schöneberg has as rich history as any other neighbourhood in Berlin, but due to many stylish bars, street cafes and restaurants which attract the bohemian bourgeois, hippies and the youth, it is nowadays one of the trendiest districts in the city. It houses the Schöneberg City Hall, where John F. Kennedy gave the famous "Ich bin ein Berliner" ("I am a Berliner") speech, and the second-largest department store in Europe, the impressive KaDaWe. It is also Berlin’s traditional location for the gay and lesbian community, especially the area around Nollendorfplatz, a place known for serious partying and the city’s oldest and largest Winterfeldtmarket. Here, whether with or without kids: take in a show at the Hans Wurst Nachfahren Puppet Theatre, founded in 1981.

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Rathaus Schöneberg. The imposing city hall, constructed between 1911 – 1914, played an essential role in post-war politics: from 1948 to 1990 housing the West Berlin government and until 1991 also the office of the Governing Mayor, but today, it’s best known for a single day from 1963 when President John F. Kennedy gave his famous ¨Ich bin ein Berliner¨ speech in front of 1.4 million Berliners. After his assassination, the square in front of the city hall was officially renamed John-F.-Kennedy-Platz. A copy of the famous Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, donated by United States in 1950, still hangs in the city hall’s tower. John-F.-Kennedy Platz. Open Monday: 08:00-15:00, Tuesday and Thursday: 11:00-18:00, Wednesday and Friday: 08:00-13:00.

KaDeWe ('Kaufhaus des Westens' - 'Department Store of the West'). This shoppers' paradise with over 60,000 m2 of selling space is the second-largest department store in Europe and the symbol of Berlin capitalist ideology. Beginning its commercial life in 1907, it nowadays comprises of eight floors, each one focussed on a different type of merchandise. Don’t miss the top two floors, solely dedicated to food! Tauentzienstraße 21-24. Open Monday - Thursday 10:00-20:00, Friday 10:00 -21:00 and Saturday 09:30-20:00.

Winterfeldmarkt. One of Berlin’s most popular places where you can have an excellent breakfast/brunch in one of the cafés till 3 p.m. Bustling and friendly, the Saturday and Wednesday market offers around 250 stands selling everything from fresh fruits and vegetables, flowers, cheese and household goods to demi-style Italian antipasti and hangover-proof bratwurst. Winterfeldtplatz. Wednesday 08:00 -14:00, Saturday 08:00-16:00.

Gasometer. This 78 meter-high gas container, which is out of service from the 1990s, is nowadays a district’s landmark, offering spectacular view from the top. Conferences, fireworks and concerts are taking place in this monstrous landmark. Torgauer Straße 12.

Hans Wurst Nachfahren Theater. Founded in 1981, this small puppet theatre consists of a small and large hall, a café and a leafy forecourt. With an arsenal of hand puppets, moving-mouth puppets and stick puppets, as well as marionettes, the puppet theatre’s program features classic fairy tales, regional lore, literary material and in-house productions, both enjoyed by children and adults. Gleditschstraße 5.

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Pankow

Pankow, the northernmost district of Berlin, is famous for its individuality and green lifestyle mixed with the buzzing cultural and going-out scene of chic Prenzlauer Berg. It’s the perfect neighbourhood to enjoy your relaxed morning latte with organic scrambled eggs, served with a smile at four in the afternoon. The central part of the district offers quieter corners, especially around the area of the Schönhausen Palace. Once a popular residential area of major members of the German Democratic Republic, you will find many mansions, houses and villas to admire beside just enjoying lovely walks through its beautiful parks and many forests. The Weissen See lake, with clear water, palm trees, BBQ, and bar, is also a popular leisure venue. Nearby, the second largest Jewish cemetery in Europe is definitely worth a visit.

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Schloss Schönhausen. Built in the 17th century as a manor house, this Baroque palace played an important role in the German history and politics. Formerly a summer residence of Queen Elisabeth Christine (18th century) and during the post-war period the official seat of the GDR president Wilhelm Pieck and a government guest house, today its rooms offer visitors a vivid insight into the last three centuries of German history. You will also love the walks through its beautiful gardens. Tschaikowskistraße 1. From Tuesday to Sunday: 10:00-18:00 (from April to October). Saturday, Sunday and holidays: 10:00-17:00 (from November to March). Guided tours only. €6, reduced rate: €5, free for children up to 7 years.

Majakowskiring street. This oval-shaped road, completely sealed off from the public, was the home of the GDR power elite, where they enjoyed lavish life in the luxurious 1920s villas. Among the inhabitants were: Lotte and Walter Ulbricht, Wilhelm Pieck, Johannes R. Becher, Otto Grotewohl, Heinrich Rau, and others.

Rykestrasse Synagogue. The neo-Romanesque triple-nave basilica, designed by Jewish architect Johann Hoeniger, was inaugurated in September 1904 after only ten months of construction. It’s the Germany's largest synagogue, following the service of Levandovsky and classic German liberal tradition. It plays an important role for Jewish learning and cultural activity. Rykestraße 53. Services on Fridays: 18:00 (winter) and 19:00 (summer). Saturday: 09:30.

Weißensee Cemetery. This cultural landmark is the second largest Jewish cemetery in Europe (42 ha), telling the stories of more than 115 000 people and the Berlin’s Jewish community. Herbert-Baum-Straße 45. From Monday to Thursday: 08:00-16:00, Friday: 07:30-14:30, Sunday: 08:00-17:00 (from April to September). From Monday to Thursday: 07:30-16:00, Friday: 07:30-14:30, Sunday: 08:00-16:00 (from October to March).

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Neukölln

Neukölln, the eighth borough of Berlin, is located in the south-eastern part of the city. This former American sector of Berlin has been known for its high immigrant population, mainly of Turkish and Arab origin and cheap, cheerful and international culinary scene. You can eat Turkish ‘cumin-flavoured delicacies’ for breakfast, Italian for lunch and Vietnamese for dinner. The history as a poor working-class district with a large number of migrants is nowadays changing; it’s becoming a highly up-and-coming neighbourhood of Berlin where more and more artists, students, and new homeowners are moving to. The area houses many Gründerzeit buildings, designed in the so-called Founding Epoch Architecture style, the Neo-classical public bath, Stadtbad Neukölln, built in 1914, the beautiful manor Castle Britz, and a fascinating musical theatre, Neuköllner Oper.

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Castle Britz. Built in 1706, this beautiful manor was erected on the site of a half-timbered house from the Middle Ages, and owes its current appearance to its transformation in 1880 in a neo-Renaissance style. Declared as a national monument in 1971, it is now a museum which can be visited. The rooms of the castle were restored with fidelity, and exhibitions, concerts and lectures take place frequently. Alt-Britz 73.Tuesday to Sunday and public holidays: 11:00 - 18:00. Museum entry € 3. Reduced price € 2. Guided tour: € 3 extra.

Turkish Market. This is the biggest and best Turkish market in Berlin: colourful stands of fresh vegetables, fruits, herbs, humus, Turkish specialties and even fabrics. Women boiling fresh corn will make your stroll through the market more enjoyable. Maybachufer. Tuesday and Friday: from 11:00 to 18:30.

Neuköllner Oper. The aim of the opera house is to bring prestigious culture to a wider audience in a fascinating and entertaining way. You can choose from baroque opera, operetta, musicals, to experimental music theatre, all demonstrating creativity and good intelligent humour. Karl-Marx-Straße 131-133.

Stadtbad Neukölln. This beautiful old Roman-bath from 1914, featuring grand Corinthian columns, mosaics, gargoyles, and fountains, has 2 pools, 5 saunas, relaxation rooms, Russian bath and a roof garden. Ganghoferstraße 3.
 

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