Berlin

Berlin  is the capital and the largest city of Germany as well as one of its 16 constituent states. With a population of approximately 3.7 million, it really makes Munich – with c.1.3 million – feel like a small town.

Berlin has a very special energy, a result of its tumultuous 20th century history: it has seen revolution, the seizure of power by the Nazis , destruction from both the air and on the ground during WW2 and then partition with the “Mauer” – the Berlin Wall. Following unification in 1989-90, Berlin was in something approaching a state of shock – society had undergone a paradigm shift and anything seemed possible.

Hitler is long dead and it might be nearly 30 years since the Hof first sang “Looking for freedom” in Berlin, the Wall might be reduced to a few sections here and there but this recent history still exerts a powerful influence. A visit to Berlin is the perfect compliment and contrast to a visit to Munich: these cities are different sides of the same coin.

Berlin – our top museums to visit

Berlin – our top  places to eat and drink

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August 15th, 1961: East German soldier Hans Conrad Schumann makes his famous escape to West Berlin