Guide to the Cultural Delights of Berlin
Whether you are interested in historical monuments, enjoy your nightlife or just want to spend a couple of days in a fast paced and exciting city, a short break in Berlin is definitely for you.
When Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters performed his seminal ‘The Wall’ concert in Berlin in 1990, just as when the wall that separated east from west finally came down, the newly united city opened itself to the world. Thousands have flocked to this iconic location ever since. The easiest way to discover this city is to take advantage of one of the many short breaks to Berlinn available and absorb just a few of its attractions.
From the Deutsche Opera on Bismarkstrasse, to cabaret at the Kalkscheune on Johannisstrasse, there are plenty of opportunities for music lovers to catch up with their favourite genre.
The Konzerthaus on Gendarmenmarkt is highly rated for the quality of its programme. For those who prefer to explore the more diverse forms of music, Radialsystem V on Holzmarktstrasse continues the Berlin tradition of exploring new and imaginative forms of creativity.
No visit to Berlin is complete without a visit to the famous Brandenburg Gate on Pariser platz. Known locally as the ‘Brandenburg Tor’, this iconic monument is famous all over the world and instantly recognisable as a symbol of Berlin.
Peter Eisenman’s sculpture commemorating the wholesale murder of European Jewry should also be seen if you are visiting the city. The 2,711 concrete slabs are placed in rows reminiscent of gravestones in a cemetery. This is also known as ‘The Field of Stelae’ and is located on Cora Berliner Strasse. Visitors are encouraged to navigate in-between the sculptures in order to experience the chilling effect of this memorial piece.
The Stasi Museum on Ruschestrasse is a reminder of the strength and power of this notorious state organisation. You don’t have to know much about the former East German police in order to be able to appreciate how their tentacles stretched into every facet of German life. Look out for the bugs, microphones and secret cameras that have been preserved here.
For a slightly different experience, why not go to the Museumsdorf Duppel, which is where you will find a reconstructed 14th century village. Located in the Wannsee district of Berlin, this historical site will provide an interesting journey for all that visit.
Berlin has always been famous for its clubs. From author Christopher Isherwood’s description of pre-war German decadence to the numerous modern clubs based in Berlin today, this is a city that has always known how to party.
The Guardian newspaper has described Berlin as ‘the best clubbing city in Europe,’ and most visitors would concur with this claim. For a ‘techno’ evening try and hit the Berghain club; a converted power station on Friedrichshain. Alternatively, rock and rollers might prefer the decadence of ‘White Trash Fast Food’ on Schonhauser Alle where the entertainment on offer includes a tattoo parlour, music genres ranging from psychopunk to rockabilly and even blues.