Europe

Berlin, Germany

While the country’s 20th-century history was a mess, Germany has lately evolved into a symbol of tolerance, equality, and prosperity around the world, as well as an arts haven.

Berlin, its representative city, has much to do with it—the quirky enclave attracts artists and other creatives, expats, misfits, entrepreneurs, and immigrants, who happily live amid long-standing Berliners who call this city home.  When you visit Berlin, reminders of the city’s fragile history—like the Berlin Wall and Berlin Palace—will surround you. Such historical attractions mingle with today’s many nightclubs, which have made Berlin one of Europe’s most exciting destinations for young adults who travel to Berlin to experience the arts and techno scene. Still, the city offers plenty of outdoor attractions like the Tiergarten and Viktoriapark, and an impressive collection of cutting-edge museums and galleries. No matter your interests, there’s never a shortage of things to see and do, and our Berlin travel guide proves it.

There are many notable festivals that happen every year here. Karneval der Kulturen, a festival celebrating diversity, occurs every year around Easter. The Berlin Pride Celebration is one of the biggest LGBT parades in Europe. It’s held every year at the end of June. Both the Karneval der Kulturen and the Berlin Pride Celebration are government-sanctioned events.

See

Berlin is a bonafide day-breaker: people here don’t just stay out late, they regularly greet the dawn. For those of you less nocturnally inclined, the German capital has a hale and hearty side, too. Art lovers should visit check out the Boros Collection and C/O Berlin Galleries. Tempelhofer Flughafenfeld is a popular multi-use park fashioned from a former airport.

Eat

Bandol Sur Mer, Cordobor, Crackers, eins44, dóttir, Pauly Saal, Reinstoff, store kitchen

Stay

Hotel Adlon Kempinski, Amano Grand Central, Circus Hotel, Das Stue, Regent Berline, Michelberger, Hotel de Rome, Sofitel Berlin Kurfürstendamm, Soho house Berlin, Mandala Hotel

Author: Carrie Mitchell

Carrie A. Mitchell is the founder of L’Aventure Travel, the host of the Suitcase Sojourn Podcast, and author of the children’s travel book “To Be We”. Carrie is a global travel and hospitality expert who works with publications, brands and entertainment outlets on a number of travel related projects, from marketing consulting to editorial coverage to hosting & producing content for the web, TV and podcasts. She is always seeking to learn from people and places around the world, and share through her cultural exploration (40+ countries and counting)