Berlin is a city that thrives on contrasts between old and new, and east and west. Berlin rose to the forefront of European cities as the capital of mighty Prussia during the tenure of Frederick the Great, and few cities have seen so many changes in recent years as Berlin.
The new buildings on Potsdamer Platz, one of busiest squares in Europe, contrast greatly with the 19th century architecture in Charlottenburg. Where ever you have chosen your Berlin apartment to be, make sure you don't miss the following sights:
Brandenburg Gate is the only surviving gate from the medieval era still in use. It is the symbol of Berlin, and one of the most visited tourist attractions in the German capital. Located on the Pariser Platz, it was commissioned by Friedrich Wilhelm II to symbolize peace and unity.Pergamon Museum
is one the largest and most impressive in Berlin, and boasts a immense collection of ancient artifacts. The museum is particularly noteworthy for the massive ancient structures on display, including the Altar of Zeus, originally located at the Acropolis of Pergamon in Turkey.
The Holocaust Memorial is dedicated to the memory of the thousands of Jews murdered by the Third Reich during World War II. Unveiled in 2004, it is located close to the Brandenburg Gate, and not far from the bunker where Hitler committed suicide.
During a stroll of the city you can, in the span of moments, go from walking an elegant boulevard to exploring one of Berlin's more artsy, alternative neighborhoods. You could choose your Berlin holiday apartment in one of the following central areas: Mitte
Mitte is considered by many as the historical heart of Berlin and the real center of the city. The area surrounding Unter den Linden is Berlin's primary boulevard, and is the very core of the central Berlin-Mitte district. The eastern district Mitte was united with the western districts of Tiergarten and Wedding in 2001 during Berlin's administrative reform, leading to some confusion as generally Mitte is associated with the old district. We have many Berlin accommodation in Mitte.
Tiergarten mainly consists of the massive central park, bordering on several political and cultural institutions and the Potsdamer Platz. Similar to the northern section of Tiergarten, Wedding is basically a residential neighborhood mainly devoid of tourist attractions.Schoneberg
Schoneberg was a separate borough of Berlin until 2001, when it was joined with Tempelhof. The area is now known as the borough of Tempelhof-Schoneberg. John F. Kennedy-Platz is the square in front of the former West Berlin City Hall, where JFK delivered his iconic "Ich bin ein Berliner" speech to the people of Berlin. At Wittenbergplatz in Schoneberg you'll find KaDeWe, Europe's largest department store
. Prenzlauer Berg
Located in the borough of Pankow since 2001, Prenzlauer Berg is characterized by its many fine old buildings, with over three hundred of them protected as historic monuments. Many beautiful churches fall under this category, including Gethsemane Church and its impressive steeple. The central area of Prenzlauer Berg consists of a vast array of restaurants and bars.
Berlin is a city still redefining itself in the wake of its recent upheavals. For a glimpse of what Germany once was, and what it is now becoming, Berlin is the perfect starting point. And what better way to "be a Berliner" than staying in a Berlin apartment!