Berlin is a city with a rich and often much-maligned history. Once the stage for Hitler marking out his plans for a 1,000 year Reich, it was then during the cold war known primarily for the Berlin Wall, a stark reminder of the divisions in the world at the time.
Whilst nowadays there is of course history in bucket loads in Berlin, it is in fact one of the most progressive and fastest changing cities in Europe. Once again as the capital of Germany, it is a vibrant, cosmopolitan and bohemian city and the place where the trendy young things go for music, arts and entertainment. Seen as the "wild child" of Germany compared to the likes of Frankfurt and Munich, it is an attractive place both to love and to visit.
Perhaps once the wall was regarded as the main attraction for the curious western tourist but not now though. With the wall largely just a section in a history text book, the city is more open than ever. What you make of Berlin is down to you.
Remember Berlin is one of the largest cities in Europe and due to its diverse history, your experience will differ greatly depending on what you plan to do and where you intend to stay. It's just not as simple as putting your finger in the middle of the map and picking a hotel there. Hopefully our guide to Berlin and its districts should help you make the most out of your trip.
Wilkommen in Berlin!