Berlin has a history as complex and intriguing as the meat inside one of its delicious €2 Doner kebabs, and like a kebab, its museums, clubs and timeless architecture promise to satiate a variety of appetites.
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Kastanienallee is one of the few gentrified areas that has retained its bohemian vibe. After the fall of the wall, many buildings in this area were occupied by squatters, and as squatters generally have an abundance of time, no money, and an alternate outlook, they quickly planted the seeds of culture into this once deserted and dilapidated avenue. Nowadays, Kastanienallee is a thriving biospace with a diverse range of boutiques, artists, freaks and creative nonsense.
Take a concentration camp walking tour
For a glimpse into the country's infamous past, take a walking tour around Sachsenhausen, which was one of the main concentration camps in Nazi Germany. A local guide will teach you the history of the camp, provide background to Germany's past and present, and show you sights that you will not soon forget. This tour offers a thoughtful contrast to contemporary Berlin, providing a greater depth of understanding as to how this incredible city was formed.
Party at Tresor
Berlin boasts some of the best clubbing in the world, and if it came to naming the cream of the crop, Tresor cannot be matched for longevity and dedication to the techno cause. Located underground in a converted power station, Tresor's three rooms all bounce with different variations of techno until dawn. Expect to find an array of techno-fans rocking out there on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights.
Check out Museum Island
Five world-renowned museums are packed into an island in the Spree River, beating in the historical heart of Berlin. For museum-goers and rookies alike, these epic collections from all over world will astound and impress. And for those who prefer natural beauty and a beer, the rooftop bar has an amazing view and reasonably priced drinks.
Chill in Tiergarten Park
Tiergarten is to Berlin what Central Park is to New York – a massive green, luscious escape from the concrete rat race of a busy capital city. Whether you walk, stroll, skate or cycle, Tiergarten is the perfect place to explore and is beautiful every month of the year. Throughout the park you will find scattered monuments and gardens, the most worthy of your time being Berlin Zoo, the Memorial to Homosexuals Persecuted Under Nazism, and the Schleusenkrug beer garden.