Although significantly younger than many of its European neighbours, Berlin is a capital with a rich and varied history. It’s a complicated city with no physical centre - or, perhaps, many - and collision point of various cultures, languages, cuisines and political ideologies. David Bowie once described Berlin as ‘the greatest cultural extravaganza that one could imagine’ and it’s not difficult to see why.
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It’s time for a spot of ‘erlebnis’ or adventure as we say in English. A visit to Berlin is one wrapped up in history and culture, architecture and divine food, exploration and reflection.
If you’ve never been, then now is a great time to visit the German capital, adorned with landmarks and symbols of its famous past. Today, a young vibrant crowd make this a popular destination, with a hip and happening food and drink culture, as well as impressive arts scene.
If time is of the essence, let Urbs do all the hard work. You can find out about the best places to visit in Berlin, whether you’re travelling from South Africa, Greece, Hong Kong or any other international destination. The user-friendly interface makes it easy and fun to see the sights and simple to create your very own self-guided walking tour of Berlin.
Berlin, out and about
A visit to Berlin is a bit like being in the movies – you have a feeling you’ve seen these city walls before, and you probably have through history.
When you’re ready to see the city highlights, Urbs can help with a host of options to add on to your audio tour list.
The Berlin Wall
Of all the cities in the world, Berlin remains one of the most iconic, for its war symbolism. Construction parts of the Berlin Wall still stand in parts of the city as a reminder to its dark past and history. As a visitor, it’s worth adding to your to-do list along with the Brandenburg Gate. This iconic piece of architecture remains a symbol of the Cold War.
When you’re ready to take in the sights, start with the majestic Reichstag building, which tells a story from a bygone era. The construction, which dominates the local neighbourhood, was opened in 1894, and still stands strong, despite historical damage. Berlin Cathedral is another masterpiece worth visiting, along with the Berliner Fernsehturm TV tower – a landmark in the city.
Finally, don’t forget to add Checkpoint Charlie to your list, a place that once divided the city during World War II.
Food and drink
German cuisine has come on a long way in recent years. Some of the best restaurants can be found in hotels, as well as home cooked tavernas on its side streets. This is a city, after all, that has over 20 Michelin stars to its name.
From the Contemporary Fine Arts to East Side Gallery and the Jewish Museum, there’s an endless list of galleries and museums in the area that will enrich your stay. These are also a great place for getting to grips with Berlin and its difficult past. Not forgetting the Pergamon Museum. Found in the centre of the city, this famous gallery includes three collections: the Antikensammlung, Vorderasiatisches Museum and the Museum für Islamische Kunst.
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Take a different perspective of Berlin life and head to its many leafy suburbs. One of the many Covid-19 friendly attractions to enjoy in Berlin, is a walk in its green spaces. However, The Tiergarten is one of the biggest and most popular parks in the city – and one you won’t want to miss of your audio tour of Berlin.
The local community love nothing more than a highly-charged espresso sitting in a local plaza. So when in Rome (or even Berlin), why not do as the locals, and visit a plaza at your own leisure. For inspiration, Postdamer Platz is a great place to start, popular with tourists and local Germans alike.
Cute and cuddly
For a different perspective of Berlin, take a fun day out at Berlin Zoo. Opened in 1844, this huge space is home to over 20,200 different animals, making it one of the most famous. Popular with families from all over the world, from the United States to the United Kingdom, Berlin Zoo is a crowd-pleaser!
Berlin in an app
Before you take flight to Berlin, be sure to download the Urbs app to your Android or Apple device. Not just useful for planning your self-guided walking tours of Berlin, there’s a couple of added benefits too:
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Why do the same tired route that all tourists do? Instead, go at your own pace and create a self-guided walking tours of Berlin that’s right for you.
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