Destinations >> Berlin Overview

Germany’s capital city is fast becoming a hub of arts, diverse culture, and cuisine. From light festivals and Christmas markets to boat trips down the River Spree, and a thriving nightlife scene, one of Europe’s most dynamic cities has something for everyone.

Cheat Sheet

Shack up in the same square as the State Opera House when you check into Hotel de Rome, a Rocco Forte Hotel. The property occupies a historic building dating back to 1889, but features modern touches like a 65-foot heated swimming pool (inside the building’s former jewel vault), fitness center, and Finnish sauna — Dine on Asian-influenced contemporary cuisine at acclaimed Restaurant Tim Raue — Hit shopping and nightlife district Potsdamer Platz for everything from loading up on stellar wares to people watching in one of its many cafes — Spend the day at Museum Island, a UNESCO world heritage site that boasts five galleries and museums — Enjoy sweeping views of the city from Television Tower, Berlin’s tallest building.

What to do in Berlin

There are plenty of distinct sights to see in the city. Some of the best things to do in Berlin include the Brandenburg Gate, visiting the iconic Reichstag, and making a stop at the historic Berlin Wall. Museumsinsel or “Museum Island” features art and artifacts from Europe dating back thousands of years, while the Neues Museum showcases antiquities like Queen Nefertiti.

What to bring to Berlin

Dress for the weather depending on the season. In summer you’ll want loose fitting breathable clothes, while a warm scarf and coat are necessary in the winter. A rain jacket or poncho can also be useful. While casual clothing like jeans are appropriate for daytime sightseeing, if you’re headed out to an upscale dinner, dress to impress. Also make sure your phone is GSM capable and you have plenty of memory on it for all the photos you’re bound to take along the way.

What to bring home from Berlin

Artisanal goods both edible and fashionable reign supreme in Berlin. GPSMYCITY recommends picking up a craftsman leather belt from Berlin Belts, a fragrance from Frau Toni’s Perfumes, and Chocolate Covered Lebkuchen at Fassbender & Rausch.

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