Berlin bowls over visitors with its trailblazing arts scene, edgy street fashion and alluringly carefree vibe. Its nightlife is the envy of the world, with all manner of thumping techno clubs, bohemian bars and raucous live music venues to explore. The city isn't all about free-wheeling hedonism, though.

    With cutting-edge galleries, hip independent cinemas and sobering historical museums like the Topography of Terror, it's also one of Europe's undisputed cultural capitals. Foodies can feast on hearty German staples like braised pork knuckle, or venture off the beaten track with vegan haute cuisine or riverside street food.

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    Berlin has seen more than its fair share of action and intrigue. The city wears history on its sleeve and makes a fascinating to explore. The rugged local charm of Berliners, combined with the ever-changing architecture, ensures Germany’s capital is a giant casserole of culture. Enjoy a day of sightseeing, starting from luxurious West Berlin, through the touristy centre, ending up at the bohemian streets of East Berlin. Highlights... Read more

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    No matter what type of holiday you’re in Berlin for, having a bit of basic knowledge about the city is helpful for a stress-free experience in Germany’s enigmatic capital. Thanks to the city’s extensive subway and tramway systems, Berlin is one of the most convenient cities in Europe to hop around from place to place. Whether you’re a regular visitor or travelling to the German capital for the first... Read more

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    From grand boulevards bankrolled by Prussian royals to exuberant parties in canalside bars - a Berlin city break reveals thrilling extremes. Book a Berlin hotel to discover a shape-shifting city that mirrors the past and passionately embraces the future.

    Get your bearings

    The meandering Spree River splits Berlin into two. In its central district, Mitte, Unter den Linden boulevard unfolds past sleek restaurants and theatres from the Brandenburg Gate to Museum Island. The evergreen Tiergarten unfurls west from Mitte to elegant Charlottenburg, where bistro dining and chic boutiques await. Dip south to dynamic Kreuzberg for one-of-a-kind shops, Turkish cafés and late-night parties. East of Mitte, Friedrichshain flaunts its urban credentials next to stretches of Berlin Wall art. Bohemian Prenzlauer Berg further north is where families frequent brunch cafés and young Berliners hang out in local bars.

    Eclectic dining

    Inventive and wallet-friendly, Berlin's gastro scene reflects its worldly locals. Street food is very Berlin. Hit Kreuzberg's bustling hole-in-the-wall joints for mustard-slathered Currywurst (curried sausage) and Turkish kebabs, or chomp pan-fresh falafel in the arty Scheunenviertel. Mitte serves Michelin-starred French cuisine in refined surrounds, and hearty Berlin fare like Eisbein (pork knuckles) in wood-panelled taverns. The elegant Charlottenburg neighbourhood is peppered with intimate Italian and French bistros. Rise late at your Berlin hotel in time for brunch in one of Prenzlauer Berg's bohemian cafés.

    Historic journeys

    A walk through Berlin tracks the rise and fall of the city's rollercoaster history. Poke around cobbled lanes in the lovingly restored medieval Nikolaiviertel, or relive Prussia's heyday in the gilded splendour of baroque palace Schloss Charlottenburg. Open Berlin's darkest chapter at the Topography of Terror on the site of former Gestapo and SS headquarters, and in the chilling and moving Jewish Museum. Be catapulted back to Communist times as you rev a Trabant at the hands-on DDR Museum before tracing the once-divided city at the remaining Berlin Wall.

    Speciality shopping

    Buy local on your Berlin city break. Nose around the graceful Art Nouveau Hackesche Höfe courtyards for homespun fashion and jewellery, and the nearby Heckmann Höfe for old-fashioned bonbons made while you wait. Berlin creatives in youthful Prenzlauer Berg and Kreuzberg kit shoppers out with urban streetwear, bold accessories and quirky home design. Explore Kreuzberg and Charlottenburg for speciality stores, selling everything from homemade toys and perfume to mustard and marzipan.

    Party hotspots

    Berlin has been partying ever since that Wall came down. Begin an evening with good vibes and cold beers in chestnut-shaded beer gardens in Tiergarten, Prenzlauer Berg and Kreuzberg. If it's warm, relax on one of Berlin's urban beaches where locals sip cocktails and DJs work the decks. Friedrichshain, Prenzlauer Berg and Kreuzberg are packed with attitude-free 1930s-style bars and late-night cafés and über-cool cocktail bars. Revisit the glitz and glamour of the roaring 1920s on cabaret mile Friedrichstrasse.

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