BERLIN: Cheap Hotels in Berlin
Berlin lives up to its reputation as one of the greatest European capitals. Over the years, it has gained a name for itself among Europe's hippest and trendiest cities, with a fantastic nightlife and a number of cool and value-for-money accommodations.
Since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the city has regained a life and energy that surpasses that of many other European capitals. The city, eager to reinvent itself after the Cold War, has chosen to express itself in many beautiful ways. Many of the historic structures can still be visited. Memorials have been erected to remind Berliners and the world of its turbulent history. You can visit major galleries and museums, as well as have the best night out in Europe.
Berlin's historical periods can be seen in many of its landmarks: its grand Prussian past in the Charlottenburg Palace and the structures along Unter den Linden Boulevard; its dark Hitler era in the Jewish Museum and the Holocaust Memorial; and its Cold War period in the Berlin Wall Memorial, the Brandenburg Gate, and the infamous Checkpoint Charlie crossing between East and West Berlin. Those looking for modern Berlin landmarks can head to the imposing German Parliament building. For a laid-back day out, there's Victoriapark in Kreuzberg.
Some of the more popular event venues include Arena Berlin, for concerts and large fairs, and the grand Admiralspalast for theater performances and musicals. The food in Berlin reflects the city's multicultural population. Along with local currywurst, you can have ethnic eats such as doner kebab and falafel. The Hackescher Markt is famous with visitors, while there is a great drinking scene on Warschauer Strasse and at Boxhagener Platz. Make sure to check out the club scene, too. Mitte, Prenzlauer Berg and Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg are famous for it.
KaDeWe, the largest department store in Europe, is located in Berlin and is an attraction in its own right. There is an impressive food court on the sixth level. More upscale clothing stores and boutiques are found on Friedrichstrasse. The large French shopping mall of Galeries Lafayette has a location here. The premier shopping destinations in Berlin are the areas around Ku'Damm and Tauentzienstrasse. Flea markets are popular, with the largest one at Strasse des 17. Juni in Tiergarten.
Just a short train ride away is Potsdam, the capital of Brandenburg. There are many historical landmarks here, but Park Sanssouci, a beautifully landscape park which forms the surroundings of Sanssouci Palace, is a highlight. An hour to the south, meanwhile, is Spreewald. This nature reserve features the River Spree and its scenic natural environs. Finally, there's Wittenberg, a city which is closely associated with the history of Martin Luther's Protestant Reformation. Guided tours to make the most of your daytrip are highly recommended here.
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