Berlin is a scene-stealing combo of glamour and grit that will fascinate anyone in love with history and culture, art and architecture, restaurants and nightlife.
Berlin is like a virtual 3D textbook where you find history staring you in the face at every turn. Strolling around, you can't help but pass by legendary sights that reflect key eras in city history. Schloss Charlottenburg, the Brandenburg Gate and Unter den Linden take you back to the period of Prussian glory.
With 600 galleries, 175 museums, three opera houses, five major symphony orchestras and scores of theatres and cabarets, Berlin's extraordinary cultural landscape may well be the envy of many a small country. It's a pillar of the fashion, art, design and music worlds, not just keeping up with but setting new trends.
Forget about New York – Berlin is the city that truly never sleeps. Sometimes it seems as though Berliners are the lotus eaters of Germany, people who love nothing better than a good time. The city's vast party spectrum caters for every taste, budget and age group. From tiny basement clubs to industrial techno temples, chestnut-canopied beer gardens to fancy cocktail caverns, saucy cabarets to ear-pleasing symphonies – Berlin delivers hot-stepping odysseys, and not just after dark and on weekends but pretty much 24/7. Pack your stamina!