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Berlin has been a central figure in European and global history for the better part of the 20th century and onwards. Most famously for the Berlin Wall during the Cold War to Germany’s Reunification: History has always found its way back to Berlin. 

Its rich history and importance in the world of arts and culture as well as its political role in Federal and European politics makes the city an attractive candidate worthy to be discovered by those who travel through Europe.

At first, Berlin might be puzzling for first time visitors. Unlike most other European Capitals, the calm and relaxing vibe of the city and its locals is the conductor of everyday life in the Berlin. 

Widespread areas, historic monuments from the 17th century to the Nazi-area and communist area of East Germany to modern buildings and startups: Berlin offers everything to anyone.

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Berliln-Schöneberg district
The Ceciliengärten at Berlin-Schöneberg (Source: Emmridet / Wikimedia)

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Schöneberg

Schöneberg offers a diverse and enriching lifestyle: Cafés, restaurants, malls, calm, alternative, green. Its central location makes it easier for residents and travellers to go from A to B, to discover the most famous sites in the city hassle-free. And as much diverse as Schöneberg’s image is, so are the people here from diverse backgrounds and from all walks of life. But most importantly, at the steps of Schöneberg’s City Hall, John F. Kennedy famously said, “I am a Berliner.” And so is Schöneberg’s contribution to the City of Berlin. 

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View over Berlin-Steglitz (Source: Axel Mauruszat / Wikimedia)

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Steglitz

Green and calm: Steglitz, which is in the south-west of Berlin, offers an alternative to the busy, overcrowded areas and mass tourists. Dominated by townhouses and urban villas, this area might be interested to those who seek quiet retreat and escape from all those must-to-see sites, long queues and crowded places that everyone wants to see during their trip. Steglitz is approx. 18 minutes away from Potsdamer Platz, and therefore, offers a convenient place to stay. 

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All-Day Eating

House of Small WOnder

From Brooklyn to Berlin: House of Small Wonder was first founded in 2010 by Motoko Watanbe and Shaul Margulies, and in 2014 they expanded to Berlin to offer locals and those travelling to Berlin a delicious selection of breakfast and brunch. Heavily influenced by Japanese elements, House of Small Wonder at Johannisstrasse, in the heart of Berlin, invites its guests to fully immerse themselves into the interior of woods and plants while enjoying authentic brunch sets. Since February 2019, House of Small Wonder also offers a dinner menu to its guests.

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Lunch, Dinner

Ständige Vertretung

Ständige Vertretung, or StäV, (engl. “Permanent Representation”) has become a cult in the German restaurant scene. Founded in the late 1990s, after the federal parliament decided to move the Capital from Bonn to Berlin after reunification, StäV has made its mission to promote Rhenish cuisine in Berlin to the local people and to tourists from around the world. The tavern is decorated with portraits of German politicians and echo a time where Germany was still divided into two sovereign nations. From the Kölsch beer to traditional Rhenish food: StäV truly makes its own contribution to Berlin’s diverse cuisine and invites travellers to explore one of the many regional specialities that Germany has.

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Dinner

twelve Apostles

Once an insider tip, Twelve Apostles in Berlin-Charlottenburg and Berlin-Mitte have become a top recommendation for Italian and foodie lovers. Indulge yourself with an authentic Italian pizza and the impressive interior that makes dining-in here even more special. Since these restaurants have become so popular, it’s highly recommended you reserve a table in advance, ideally a few months before your trip. 

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Potsdam's Sanssousi Palace

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Sanssouci Palace in Potsdam

Although not part of the City of Berlin, Sanssouci Palace is a must-to-see attraction to anyone who loves history, arts, architecture and culture. Located in Potsdam, the state capital of Brandenburg Sanssouci became and important landmark in the region. Built by King Frederick the Great of Prussia, this palace was made to be a summer residence for the king. Often times describes as the German counterpart to Versailles, it’s considerably smaller than Versailles. Its Rococo style invites visitor to wander around the large parks and to explore the interior of the building. 

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Topography of Terror

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topography of terror

If there’s one place that vividly documents Germany’s history in the first half of the 20th century, Topography of Terror will be on your #1 bucket list. As a documentary centre, the museums is built on the former headquarters of Reich Main Security Office of Nazi Germany. The permanent exhibitions tell the story of crimes the Nazis undertook shortly before and during the Second World War. It was officially redesigned and reopened in 2010.  

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The German Federal Parlament

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German Federal Parlament

At the heart of modern Germany, its society and politics is the German Federal Parliament (Deutscher Bundestag), located in the Reichstagsgebäude in the centre of Berlin. The building in itself does not only invite people to listen to the stories of modern German politics but also its hugely significant importance during the Weimar Republic when Germany became a republic in 1918. Apart from getting to know today’s political system, people can enjoy splendid views on Berlin’s skyline. The entrance is free of charge, expect long queues and waiting times.

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berlin cathedral church

The Berlin Cathedral Church, located at the Museumsinsel, is one of Germany’s biggest churches and plays an important role for Evangelical Church. Offical ceremonies also take place in this church. Its current facade was completed in 1905 and is founded on the first Berlin Cathedral. Due to its central location with other sites, such as the Fernsehturm, it’s a convenient walk from the other attractions to the church.

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