Berlin, a heady blend of grit and glamour in the northeast of Germany is the country’s largest and most cosmopolitan city.
Although 92% of the capital’s buildings were razed to the ground by World War II bombs, it has rebuilt itself with remarkable results over the decades, making its memorials, museums and cutting-edge architecture ripe for exploring.
Food and drink
When in Berlin, you simply must try the local schnitzel, sauerkraut or currywurst. To give you a head start, we strongly recommend you pop your nose into Prater, a beer garden that has been drawing jovial crowds since 1852, and Krasselts, which proudly displays a plaque on its walls announcing it as is the true birthplace of currywurst.
Listed covered market Markthalle IX on Eisenbahnstrasse in Kreuzberg serves up heritage vegetables and locally sourced meats. You’ll also find an excellent microbrewery under its roof and the owners host regular themed events, such as ‘Cheese Berlin’. There are street food evenings on Thursdays too.
The footfall in tourist-heavy Mitte means great food spots have sprung up out of necessity. Popular restaurants include Monsieur Vuong, which offers just a few fresh, simple Vietnamese dishes on its menu, and the rotating Restaurant Sphere at the top of the TV tower – one of the tallest structures in Europe. Oranienstrasse in Kreuzberg has a great mix of restaurants and bars, whether it’s Asian fusion or traditional German fare you’re after. Try Max & Moritz, a traditional German beer hall that’s been open for over a century, for maximum authenticity.