Berlin is a fascinating destination for city breaks and one which has seen more changes than most cities in Europe. From its initial growth in the 19th century Prussian era to the decadent and swinging 20s, it became a major player on the European and wider world stage during the early years of the 20th century. However, for many, the city was defined by the wall which separated the east and west of the city for nearly three decades between 1961 and 1989.
Berlin was at the centre of Hitler's plan for a thousand year Reich during the Nazi regime and thus underwent massive expansion in the 30s and 40s only for much of this to be destroyed by allied bombing as the war drew to a close. Following the war, the divided city was a pawn in the wider geopolitical arena and was divided into four sectors, with the eastern sector in the hands of the Russians. As the cold war took hold in the 1950s, it became the battleground in the clash of ideologies between the communist east and the capitalist west. This culminated in 1961 when the communist government of the GDR (East Germany) erected the infamous Berlin wall which defined the city until the collapse of communism in the late 1980s.
But Berlin is so much more than the dark history of the Nazis and the divided city. Nowadays the city is one of the fastest growing in Europe and the former neglected eastern sector is now one of the most funky and vibrant districts in Germany. Alongside the bucket-loads of history in Berlin, the city is very liberal, bohemian and full of intriguing little quirks setting it aside from the rest of Germany which tends to be more conservative in outlook.
Whether you choose to take holiday breaks on the rover Spree, discover some of Berlin's many and fabulous museums, enjoy an ice cream and a coffee at a Berlin coffee shop or stroll around the fascinating markets, enjoy the attractions, one thing is for sure - you will never be short of something to see and do around every corner of this unique and charming city.
Wilkommen in Berlin!