Berlin is the youngest city in Europe and also a city of young people. The capital of Germany has experienced the most dramatic episodes of the twentieth century, which made it strong and wise enough to be the protagonist of the current European economy. Its streets, parks, universities, dazzling modern districts and Berlin architecture attract people from all over
Those who are looking for new horizons will definitely find them in this wonderful city that is constantly inventing its own future. The river Spree crosses Berlin and its historical center, located in the famous district of Mitte, has as its main street the world famous Unter den Linden Avenue (under the linden trees), which contains the most emblematic monument in the city, the Brandenburg gate.
The Brandenburg gate is the greatest symbol of the German unity. This neoclassical monument was inspired by ancient Greek monuments and consists of twelve Doric columns supporting the Quadriga of Victoria, the Roman goddess of victory. As the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, The Brandenburg gate has witnessed the most important historical events of the city, as the Napoleon’s invasion, the victory of Hitler and the fall of the Wall.
The heart of the spectacular urban renewal of the German capital is known as the Potsdamer platz, a remarkable place that during the 20’s was considered as the most dynamic and transgressive place in Europe, but unfortunately, this beautiful place was completely destroyed during World War II, reason for which all existing buildings in the area are modern and futuristic. The Daimler city and the Sony Center, designed by Renzo Piano and Helmut Jahn respectively, are the most important buildings of the square. The Sony center, is known for its gigantic sail-shaped facade rooted in the Potsdamer Platz and its dynamic structure of wires that produce beautiful light shows during the night.
At a stone’s throw from your Plus Berlin Hostel, we find the Tiergarten, which is crossed by broad streets that lead to the Victory Column (a 67-meters-tall monument that celebrates the birth of the German Empire during the second half of the nineteenth century). Berliners have always been proud of their public parks that allow them to practice sports and enjoy nature without leaving the city, but the Tiergarten is by far their favorite. Located right in the city center, this park is a natural oasis with an extension of 167 acres delimited by the river.
To finish our tour in Berlin, there is no better place than the famous Museum Island, which is a spectacular complex of museums and galleries that form part of Berlin’s flourishing world of art. Among them stands out the Pergamon Museum that alone makes the city worth visiting. This museum is well known for the reconstruction of monumental Assyro-Babylonians buildings as the Ishtar Gate and the walls of the Babylonian Processional Way, however the most spectacular works owned by the museum are the Pergamon Altar and the Market Gate of Miletus brought to Berlin from excavations in Turkey.
After a long day of sightseeing around the city , there is nothing better than going back to your holiday in Berlin and have a nice dinner with your family.
I’m quite surprised to see you label Berlin as “the youngest city in Europe”, I genuinely didn’t know that. I know Sunderland in the UK was upgraded from a town to a city in the last 30 years and I’m sure there are other examples.
It’s a while since I’ve been to Berlin but I certainly enjoyed my time there and would like to go again. Thanks for the tour suggestion.