Berlin is a popular city for the arts, with lots of museums, galleries and theatres. At the Kulturforum visitors can find a number of impressive museums and concert venues from the spectacular Berliner Philharmonie concert hall to the complex's Picture Gallery, which houses a vast collection of European paintings from the 13th to 18th centuries.
Berlin has always boasted fantastic nightlife, and while tastes have changed since the height of the cabaret halls of the 1920s and 30s, there is a wide variety of venues catering for all tastes. Berlin's calendar is also packed with festivals and parties from the Christopher Street Day gay and lesbian parade in June to the massive Love Parade dance party in July and the Jazz Fest Berlin in November.
The main attractions in Berlin are:
Reichstag: The seat of the German Parliament has played a crucial role in Berlin's recent history.
Brandenburger Tor: This gate symbolizes the reunification of East and West Berlin after the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Schloss Charlottenburg: The largest palace in Berlin has lavishly decorated interiors.
Nikolaiviertel: This small district with narrow streets is one of the oldest historic areas in Berlin.
Alexanderplatz: This large square in former East Berlin features the 365m tall Fernsehturm (TV Tower).
Kaiser Wilhelm Gedächtniskirche: This bombed church symbolizes the destruction of war.
Berlin Wall: Parts of the famous wall that once divided this city in two are still standing.
Potsdamer Platz: This square was competely rebuilt with modern buildings after the reunification of Berlin.
Berliner Dom: The cathedral, severely damaged during the war, was reopened in 1993.
Gendarmenmarkt: This square is bordered by three beautiful buildngs: the Konzerthaus, Französischer Dom and Deutscher Dom.
Neue Synagogue: This beautiful synagogue was the symbol of the Jewish community.
Siegessäule: A victory column commemorating Prussian victories.
Potsdam: The capital of Brandenburg, just an S-Bahn ride from Berlin is a popular day trip destination.
Sanssouci Park: This large park contains the beatiful rococo style Schloss Sanssouci and the sumptuous Baroque Neue Palais.