Berlin - The Capitol of the Modern World

The impressive Berlin can not be described in only a few pages. The German capital can display much more than what a tourist may experience in one or even two weeks of vacation. To have a somewhat appropriate idea about Berlin, it is enough to say that it has a surface of roughly 900 square kilometers, it receives 850.000 visitors per year and accommodates 172 museums and palaces, 50 theaters, over 200 clubs and discotheques, 3 zoos, tens of lakes, beaches, parks, art galleries, operas and malls.

From a touristic point of view, Berlin is the fantasy of any person who has a desire for traveling. This capital is the European metropolis with the richest history but also with the most impressive return. The city, traumatized after the Second World War, tragically affected by the Berlin Wall and the split administration, finds itself for 18 years in a Gargantuan process of renewal, reinvention and reconstruction. Today, the capital of Germany represents one of the most essential world centers of fun, music, tolerance, culture, art and tourism.

In Berlin you can find everything you need in order to enjoy the supreme vacation. The two rivers that cross the city (Spree and Havel) also form a pleasant collection of small lakes which were transformed by the local administration into quiet beaches. Over the River Spree there are a lot of terraces and bars, restaurants and clubs. Ships and all types of boats are scheduled regularly, therefore constituting a solid delight for amateur tourists. The opportunities of inspecting the city are extremely fascinating. You can appeal to the simplest method: along with a good guide you can start examining the city on foot. But you may also choose other options. In Berlin there are grouped tours of the city. Because Berlin has hundreds of miles of bike lanes, my particular recommendation would be to take a two-wheeled tour of the city. A boat ride - with the help of a tour guide - could be another possible alternative.

Sights of Berlin must be sorted according to choices. Therefore, a comprehensive documentation before departure is recommended. However, one thing is sure - no matter what type of vacation you choose - whether is cultural, artistic, for relaxation, for fun or mixed - you have all the chances in the world to spend some of the most pleasing and fascinating days here.

There are limitless attractions that you should see while visiting Berlin. This capital has over 170 museums and palaces, more than enough for an art lover. The Museuminsel is the most relevant museum complex in Germany (found on the UNESCO World Heritage List) - it hosts 5 separate museums, visited every year by more than 800.000 tourists.

The Pergamom Museum is Berlin's most visited museum, mostly due to the fact that it hosts 3 excellent art collections - the Antique Collection, the East Museum and the Islamic Art Collection.

Checkpoint Charlie is the most satisfactory place for those trying to bring to light some of Berlin's hidden history. Here you will see photo exhibitions, movies and you will be able to take part in unique meetings between those who were witnesses or those who played an crucial role in the shatter of the Berlin Wall.

The History Museum is hosted inside an immense but entertaining palace, built in a Baroque style. Zeughaus was initially built in 1695, by the order of Frederick III. Up until the beginning of the 20th century it served as an Arsenal and a Military Museum. In the Second World War, the palace was almost totally destroyed by bombings. It was rebuilt and since 1990 it hosts permanent art and history exhibitions.

The Charlottenburg Palace was engineered at the end of the 17th century by Frederick III, as a summer residence for his wife, Sophie Charlotte. The palace, opened for public six days per week, astonishes the tourists with its greatness and its ornaments. It deserves to be visited and you should have at least several hours to spare if you want to see all that it has to offer.

The Egyptian Museum is one of the most acclaimed museums with this thematic in the entire world. Here you can find the remarkable bust of Nefertiti, 3000 years old, as well as the Papyrus Collection which includes hundreds of ancient Egyptian elements.

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