If you have been following any of my previous articles, you know that I have a deep interest in all things related to travel and specifically European travel. As I have been focusing primarily on destinations within Spain and France, namely Barcelona and Paris, I would like to explore further afield and introduce you to the amazing capital city of Berlin.
One of the most popular European holiday destinations, Berlin is a capital city that is continually reinventing itself, while at the same time holding on to its historic roots. Having previously been to Berlin, I can tell you that the city offers something for everyone and I highly recommend that you take a Berlin holiday, especially now during the summer months, while the weather is still pleasant and inviting.
I invite you to come along with me and continually discover more about this amazing capital city, as over the coming months I will be exploring many aspects with regards to Berlin, from its history, to its architecture, its nightlife, the incredible music scene, the fabulous cuisine, the innumerable historic monuments, its many attractions, plus so much more. My intention is that after learning more about this European capital, you will decide to undertake that Berlin holiday and discover why more and more people are continually looking to Berlin for their holiday getaway destination.
As a brief introduction, Berlin is not only the capital of Germany, but also its largest city with 3.4 million inhabitants. Berlin encompasses many different districts and when you may be planning your Berlin holiday, you might want to check out apartments in Berlin within each of the following districts, depending upon where you would like to reside and which attractions and sites you would like to be in close proximity to. The following is a list of some of BerlinÂ´s premier neighborhoods, with brief descriptions, which hopefully will give you a better idea about the city and help to break it down for you so that it doesnÂ´t seem so large.
1. Mitte: BerlinÂ´s central area, if you prefer to reside within the heart and soul of the city, then this is the area for you. In addition to easily being able to locate many apartments in Berlin in which to reside, you will find such attractions as the Brandenburg Gate, Unter den Linden, the Berliner Dom, and Alexanderplatz among others.
2. Prenzlauer Berg: A cool hangout for BerlinÂ´s trendy youth, Prenzlauer Berg offers art, culture, vintage shopping, cafes, boutique shops, alternative bars, plus much more. This area, relatively unscathed during the Second World War, is characterized by old buildings and a vibrant day, as well as nightlife. In addition, it is home to Kollwitzplatz and the Kulturbrauerei.
3. Friedrichshain: Formerly part of East Berlin, Friedrichshain was originally given its name with reference to the Volkspark Friedrichshain, an immense, culturally diverse park adjacent to the Prezlauer Berg area mentioned above. Such prominent landmarks in this area include the East Side Gallery, Karl Marx Allee, the Frankfurter Tor, and Simon Dach Strase.
4. Kreuzberg: Known for its multicultural vibe, Kreuzberg is home to large immigrant communities, as well as an array of trendy bars, clubs, and discotheques located in the old industrial parts of the city. This area and those living within, have over the years been influenced by such groups and movements as the African American movement, hip-hop, Americanism, punk rock, as well Turkish immigrants among others. Such notable places of interest include Checkpoint Charlie, the Jewish Museum Berlin, Viktoriapark, as well as so much more.
5. Schoeneberg: Located just to the south of the Tiergarten forest, Schoeneberg offers upscale shopping on the KuÂ´Damm and at the KaDeWe mall, which is the largest department store in the continental EU. In addition, close by you will find the Kaiser Wilhelm Cathedral, which was thoroughly damaged in the Second World War, John F. Kennedy Platz, where then president Kennedy gave his "Ich bin ein Berliner" speech, the Bauhaus Archiv, in addition to more.
6. Tiergarten: Home to BerlinÂ´s largest city forest, Tiergarten also invites you to check out the Berlin Zoo, home to more than 1,500 different species and 16,000 animals, the Siegessaeule, which represents the Prussian victories against the Danes, Austria, and France, in addition the Berlin seat of government, the Reichstag and its glass dome. Tiergarten certainly represents an excellent location in which to reside in apartments in Berlin, as it is centrally located and only minutes away from many of BerlinÂ´s top sites.
7. Wilmersdorf: A relatively laid back part of Berlin, Wilmersdorf will allow you the opportunity to relax and take a break from some of the more lively areas of the city. Located between Schoeneberg and Charlottenburg, Wilmersdorf is still just a short distance from the city center. So donÂ´t worry if you want to take a breather one day during your Berlin holiday in this tranquil neighborhood, as IÂ´m sure you will feel refreshed and ready for more that Berlin has to offer.
8. Charlottenburg: Most well known for its Charlottenburg Palace, which is the largest remaining royal palace in Berlin, Charlottenburg also offers a scenic landscape along the river Spree, the Berlin Zoological Garden, as well as a number of picturesque churches, squares, and traditional German architecture.
9. Wedding: Offering a suburban feel, Wedding offers a large amount of greenery with such parks as the Goethepark, Volkspark Rehberge, Schillerpark, as well as the Ploetzensee, which makes for an excellent summer-time hang out. This area is also known it eclectic mix of cultures, offering a variety of ethic shops, restaurants, and bakeries.
10. Treptow: A tranquil, scenic part of Berlin, Treptow offers an abundance of lakes and forests, principally the Treptower Park. Feel free to relax and take in some sun or if youÂ´re feeling adventurous get some exercise by cycling along one of the many bike trails throughout this tranquil area.
As I mentioned above, over the coming months I will be further exploring this amazing capital city. Therefore, I encourage you to check back in and please let me know if I miss anything and please feel free to add any of your own comments or make any recommendations, which you feel are relevant. Thanks for reading!