Over two decades after the Berlin Wall tumbled down, the city of Berlin has become one of the best cities in whole Europe. Characterized by an artist-friendly Mitte, the town is covered by a distinguished creativity and architecture that rise only from a transition. War damaged building are mutating in fancy showrooms and architects seems to have found a limitless landscape where to build futuristic buildings. Yet, Berlin is a city to discover. Each alley can hide a trendy bar, an art laboratory, an exquisite restaurant known to few. You can feel the city and it's citizens metamorphosing in to something new every day. Berlin is a limitless cultural vanguard that needs to be explored at least once in a lifetime.
Day One - Afternoon
It is the most symbolic building of Berlin, built under the Kaiser, burned in 1933 during the Fall of Hilter's reign and completely restored in 1999 as the house of Germany's parliament. It's glass dome designed by Norman Foster sovereigns the cityscape. A good idea is to make a reservation to skip the waiting line at the entrance on Bundestag.de.
Start from here. In a couple of hours you'll be able to witness the main sightseeing locations. Many victorious armies have marched trough the Brandenburg Gate, from Napoleon's to Stalin's. While there don't forget to visit the nearby unevenly honeycombed Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe and the Topography of Terror.
The most important public square and traffic intersection in the centre of Berlin, lying about 1 km (1,100 yd) south of the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag (German Parliament Building), and close to the southeast corner of the Tiergarten park. It is named after the city of Potsdam, some 25 km (16 mi) to the south west, and marks the point where the old road from Potsdam passed through the city wall of Berlin at the Potsdam Gate. Since German reunification, Potsdamer Platz has been the site of major redevelopment projects.
[^Postdamer Platz]: via Wikipedia
Are you ready to experience the Berliner nightlife? Eat a bratwurst and head off to one of the city's coolest night clubs: The Watergate. The club offers an international dj lineup that cannot be missed. Alternatively you can party at the Weekend Club in Alexander Platz from which you'll be able to enjoy the best night view of the whole city.
The Berlin Wall
Not much has remained of the original Wall. Most of it has been reused as gravel or sell as a souvenir. In Bernauer Strasse you can find a section of the wall and a museum to visit to learn something more on the symbolic structure that has divided Europe for decades. Head to the East Side Gallery in Mulenstrasse and enjoy the mile open-air fading exhibition of murals painted by 118 international artists n 1990.
This "Island" offers a variety of museums that can satisfy anyone. If I had to choose one, I'd visit The Pergamon Museum. The Pergamon houses original-sized, reconstructed monumental buildings such as the Pergamon Altar and the Market Gate of Miletus, all consisting of parts transported from Turkey. The museum is subdivided into the antiquity collection, the Middle East museum, and the museum of Islamic art.
Jewish Museum Berlin
[^Jewish Museum Berlin] The Jewish Museum Berlin (Jüdisches Museum Berlin) is one of the largest Jewish Museums in Europe. In two buildings, one of which is a new addition specifically built for the museum by architect Daniel Libeskind, two millennia of German Jewish history are on display in the permanent exhibition as well as in various changing exhibitions.
[^Jewish Museum Berlin]: via Wikipedia
Shopping in Rosenthaler Platz
Fancy some post-modern shopping? Head to Augustrasse and Rosenthaler Strasse and discover concept stores, boutiques and one-of-a-kind designers.
Berlin's nightlife is probably one of the most hedonistic you could possibly experience in Europe. Start by gently descending the hypnotic techno vibes of the night at Club der Visionaere in Kreuzberg. When charged up, head to Berghain. A huge state-of-the-art disco right behind Ostbahnhof station.
Tiergarten and the Zoo
You'll probably be too tired to wonder off new areas of the city. For this reason why not considering the idea of relaxing a bit drinking a beer in the Tiergarten or having a nice walk in the zoological Garden and Aquarium? Pandas and penguins are a hangover's best remedy...
If I had to make a chart of my favorite cities in the whole Planet, Berlin would be comfortable on the podium together with Tokyo and Stockholm. The constantly renewing city makes Berlin a place to visit often. I fell in love with this city and I highly recommend you to experience it at least for a weekend. You will not regret it.