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Destination Guide: Berlin

An ever-changing city of historical landmarks and contemporary fashions
Shop for avant-garde art in the Hackesche Höfe, and linger in bustling cafes on cobbled streets. Pass from East to West under the Brandenburg Gate before tracing the route of the Berlin Wall.

Food and Drink

People-watch in outdoor cafes or dine with city views. Have breakfast at the top of the Reichstag or combine high-end dining with the capital twinkling below at the TV Tower's revolving restaurant. Prenzlauer Berg is the place to warm up with a hearty Russian goulash. Snack on fried Bouletten or Currywurst sausages, and coffee and cake in cafés spilling outdoors.

Sightseeing and relaxation

Learn about life behind the Wall and watch a city change before your eyes. The DDR Museum is a treasure trove of East German everyday objects, and ancient relics and Old Masters fill the Museumsinsel's state museums. Hire a paddle boat in Tiergarten park or take a river cruise to see communist-era buildings contrasting with the brand-new parliament sector.

Shopping

Fill your bags with contemporary fashions and gourmet delicacies. Berlin's newest fashion designers and artists fill the Hackesche Höfe courtyards. Indulge in designer handbags, watches and furs from the Leibnizkolonnaden or from international designers along the Ku'damm shopping mile. The KDW department store has a food hall to satisfy any appetite.

Nightlife and Entertainment

Enjoy sophisticated cocktails and word-class concerts. Watch an opera at the neo-classical State Opera House or visit the Berlin Philharmonic at home in the acoustically impressive Philharmonie. Indulge in late-night bites and drinks under a neon canopy on Potsdamer Platz.