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History plays a tangible role in Germany’s capital, but Berlin is a forward-looking city that has come a long way quickly since the Berlin Wall came down.
It’s one of Europe’s hippest destinations; a global trendsetter in art, design, music, nightlife and fashion. There are world-class galleries, sleek boutique hotels, instantly-recognisable landmarks and monuments, but more than anything, Berlin has a carefree love of fun and having a riotously good time.
But be warned, Berlin is an enormous city (eight times the size of Paris) and seeing every attraction in one go is notoriously difficult, but this is where our specialists come in. With a luxury Berlin vacation from Lightfoot Travel, we’ll design the perfect tailor-made itinerary to meet all your needs. Plus, we’ll have you staying at luxury boutique hotels in the heart of the city, close to all the galleries and shops.
In the art world, Berlin is one Europe’s leading lights. Its vast treasures rival many countries, let alone cities. Galleries and museums number in the hundreds; the place to start is the UNESCO-listed Museum island, home to five world-class galleries. The Neues houses the famous 3,300 year-old Bust of Queen Neferiti. Continue your Berlin art odyssey in the Kultureforum, in the southeast corner of the leafy Tiergarten Park. Its galleries display an impressive collection of works by European Grand Masters.
Being in Berlin is like being on interactive tour of Central Europe’s history. The East Side Gallery is a microcosm of the city: a 1.2km stretch of the Wall turned into an outdoor art display. Going back further into history, the Brandenburg Gate – in all its neoclassical pomp – remains Berlin’s most iconic building. For history enthusiasts, a visit to the infamous Checkpoint Charlie is a must.
Nowhere does cutting-edge fashion like Berlin. For funky boutiques, vintage clothing stores and independent designers, take a trip to edgy übercool districts like Kreuzberg. Head west for upmarket shopping, with the Art Nouveau Hackesche Hofe shopping centre and the grand Kurfurstendamm boulevard home to many top designer stores. Historic Mitte (meaning ‘centre’) is the place to go for high-end dining, with gourmet Michelin-starred restaurants like Reinstoff, Fischers Fritz and Lorenz Adlon located here.
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