Berlin, a heady blend of grit and glamour in the northeast of Germany is the country’s largest and most cosmopolitan city.
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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.
Be rlin really is a city that never sleeps. From tiny basement clubs and grungy bars to old-school corner pubs and industrial warehouse spaces, you’ll find somewhere to let your hair down morning, noon and night.
Many of the city’s most prolific clubs are concentrated around Prenzlauer Berg, to the north of the city centre, along with some of Berlin’s most established pubs. Bars and clubs in West Berlin are generally smarter and pricier.
It’s no surprise the city is known as the world’s techno capital, with a multitude of clubs pumping it out until the early hours. The sleek Watergate club in East Berlin is the best place for minimal techno (there’s also a floating deck terrace for watching the sun rise over arty Kreuzberg), while the immense, industrial Berghain is the grand dame of Berlin’s notoriously hedonistic nightclubs.
Berlin’s LGBT scene also has a reputation as one of Europe’s best, and the bars and clubs of Schöneberg, Prenzlauer Berg and Oranienstrasse in Kreuzberg are always lively. For something a bit different, legendary punk club SO36 harks back to West Berlin’s anarchist squat scene.