Berlin, the multi-cultural metropolis of hipsters, start-ups, and of course the Wall.
The Modern Main Station, is already the first must-see, with its futuristic architecture, being a train station and shopping mall at the same time. Passing the station you arrive straight at the Reichstag opposite the so-called “Washing machine” – that´s how locals call the building the German chancellor Angela Merkel lives in. From here just 5 minutes’ walk to the left you´ll find the Brandenburg Gate and the world famous Hotel Adlon.
If you have more time to spend, I suggest a walk around the Tiergarten, which is the biggest park in the city, and has the Berlin Victory Column in the center. Another must-see is the Jewish memorial right in front of the US Embassy.
Whoever likes innovation and futuristic design will love the Sony Center, with its cupola that during the night changes its colors. The area of the Sony center was once the biggest construction area of Europe, as at the same time also the DB building next to the Sony Center was being built, including the park in the back.
Whoever comes to Berlin definitely can´t miss a walk at the Berlin Wall and the East Side Gallery. While visiting the Eastern part of Berlin, take time to have a coffee under the TV tower at Alexanderplatz, with the world clock. Walking back to the Brandenburg Gate you will see the Dome, and further on, the Gendarmenmarkt which is famous for its Opera House and Philharmony.
Shopping freaks will love the Friedrichsstraße, offering a huge choice of luxury brands, as well as local brands and the Lafayette. Another very important street in Berlin is the Kurfürstendamm. A definite stop you should make is at the KaDeWe, which is one of Germany’s oldest and most luxurious shopping malls in Germany.
Walking along the Kudamm you´ll find many restaurants and bars you can have a rest in, but I suggest you take a short break at the Café Kranzler, where former Prime Ministers used to have their coffee. This city offers so much, has so many faces and never sleeps. I only had a day but luckily found a very nice New York style bakery called Barcomis at the Hackescher Markt. All cakes, sandwiches and bagels are made fresh every morning based on a special recipe. Definitely an insider tip.
Having spent one day there gave me the appetite to come back and discover more of this vibrant and international city.