There was once a time when Germany was a place very few regarded as a potential vacation destination, but over time many things have changed. So much, in fact, that many people long to roam the streets of this country’s capital, Berlin.
Much of this country’s history has been not so well received, but over the past 20-30 years Germany has become an icon, setting the tone for world tolerance and equality. Berlin has done much to press this forward thinking, and now is the time to visit this rapidly advancing city. Some of its most recent claims to fame include prevailing amidst the economic crisis of the late 2000s, a sweeping victory in the 2014 World Cup Championship, and Angela Merkel, the German chancellor whose direct line is no doubt on many politicians’ speed-dial thanks to her ability to bring together those on the geopolitical stage.
Berlin has a lot to do with the newly perceived Germany. This city attracts all types, from creatives, expatriates, and misfits to immigrants and entrepreneurs, all residing happily alongside those who have long called Berlin home. What, you may then wonder, is the exact ambiance of this city? Well, that’s the cool part. The diversity you’ll encounter leaves it undefinable; it’s whatever you want.
The city teems with life during the summer and, depending on the weather, the summer can begin as early as May and continue well into October. You’ll find plentiful open-air festivals and street parties. The city’s diversity festival, Karneval der Kulturen, happens each year near Easter. Berlin’s Pride Celebration, held every June, is one of the largest LGBT festivals in all of Europe. Perhaps the most infamous of all festivals here is Oktoberfest. It’s grown to be such a huge phenomenon that many cities around the world host their own versions of Oktoberfest.
With all of the ascendancy this city has experienced, you will still find reminders of Berlin’s fragile history, such as the infamous Berlin Wall. These historical attractions are set among several of today’s booming clubs, making this the go-to place for young adults who wish to experience this city’s techno scene. Impressive galleries and museums and outdoor attractions, such as Tiergarten, will prove that regardless of your age and interests, there is no shortage of things to do in Berlin.