Germany’s cosmopolitan capital city, Berlin oozes history, culture and delicious food, in particular, my favourites, butter pretzels and curry wurst. It’s high in vibrancy and has a beautiful atmosphere which roams the place. Having been given the honour to serve as Germany’s new capital city, instead of Bonn, for only seventeen years. The basis of Germany grew in Berlin since it was once the capital of Prussia and the foundation of the German Empire.
Once divided, when the Berlin Wall was torn down by relieved Germans in 1989, when the Cold War commenced, it was a gateway for Germans to finally roam free through the West and Eastern parts of the country without fear. Parts of the wall are visible and spread across the city. The history is explained and acts as an open-air museum for tourists, a great experience for everybody to learn and comprehend.
Alongside one of the most interesting tourist attractions, the Reichstag is also a sight many people go to see. Being a huge influence in Hitler’s power over Germany, you can visit the building itself, which is still a significant influence in politics today.
One of the most famous landmarks associated with Germany is the Brandenburg Gate which is the first thing you see when you get off the underground at Pariser Platz. A former symbol of the divided city, it drew visitors who used to climb an observation platform to get a glimpse of the world behind the Iron Curtain, on the other side of the barren “death-strip” which separated East from West Berlin, geographically and politically.
Berlin is a city filled with life and soul and a place to visit in your lifetime. You can enjoy the sights, landmarks and history all with beautiful weather and food. Every year on New Year’s Eve, fireworks are displayed on the Brandenburg Gate and many thousands of citizens, and tourists enjoy the celebrations. However, visiting Berlin at any time of the year is worth the travel and cost.