The Other Side of Berlin

It is most likely that when you are asked to think of Berlin, you think of a wall. And the Second World War.  And you’d be right.  The wall itself is a crucial part of Berlin’s history and is definitely a must see, but don’t let the thought of a history lesson put you off this vibrant and diverse city!

Yes, the historical side of the city has influenced the architecture and is the most popular tourist spot, but Berlin is now known as one of the youngest capitals in Europe.

Not only does it have countless bars, restaurants, shops and cafes, but there is a particularly appealing underground culture too. The Potsdamer Platz is just one of the places to visit to see Berlin’s most modern architecture at its best. If any of you are familiar with the Bristol based artist Banksy, you would be forgiven for forgetting where you are when wandering the rebellion fuelled, graffiti-clad streets on Berlin’s eastern side or when visiting the Kunsthaus Tacheles Underground Art Centre.

If it’s music you’re after, Berlin is well known for its rave music scene and was the home of the punk rock movement. Even Iggy Pop and David Bowie visited the still popular SO36 club back in the day!

As for the more traditional side of Berlin, you cannot miss the Alexanderplatz, the Fernsehturm – the second tallest structure in Europe or the Brandenburg Gate – the last standing gate of the Berlin Wall. Whatever your interests, Berlin brags it all.

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hcl

Metro Centric

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