A Student in Berlin
The dome of the Reichstag palace. Photo credit: Laurent Charbonneau


Berlin, the capital of Germany, is one of Europe’s cheapest and most popular cultural metropolises. Mixing history, cultural effervescence, and a vibrant nightlife, Berlin has a lot to offer to every type of traveller.

I went to Berlin last year with fellow students with whom I was learning German. We lived together in an apartment near the central station for a full month, learning about the German culture. We discovered a beautiful city with many facets that had us all thinking: “I’m gonna come back here someday” as we left. It also happens to be a destination that is frequently featured on our flight deals page.

The first thing you will experience in Berlin will be the airport. It seems bizarre, but the two current airports in Berlin are very important to its citizens due to their historical significance.

Both of them were built during the Cold War when Berlin was at that time East Berlin and West Berlin. Tegel, in the West, was built by the Americans and was the only way in or out of West Berlin. Berlin-Schönefeld, on the opposite, was built by the Russians and has a typical Soviet architecture. For various reasons, plane ticket costs may vary from one airport to the other, so stay alert when you will be searching for tickets on our flight search tool.

Brandenburg Gate

Brandenburg gate
Brandenburg gate. Photo credit: Laurent Charbonneau

The Brandenburg gate is, of course, a big part of Berlin’s landscape. With its big pillars and the cart on top of it, the gate dominates the Paris place, which hosts most of the diplomatic activities in the city. It is probably the most well-known symbol of the city, but it once was a symbol of oppression as it was part of the Berlin Wall. This is a popular place for tourists and probably the best place to take a selfie.

Checkpoint Charlie

Checkpoint Charlie
Checkpoint Charlie. Photo credit: Pixabay

Standing humbly in the middle of Friedrichstraße, Checkpoint Charlie was once one of the few passages to leave West Berlin by land. However, what makes it unique is that it was mostly used by diplomatic personnel and prisoner exchanges. It is now a popular tourist attraction and is surrounded by souvenir shops.




Berlin Wall

East Side Gallery
East Side Gallery. Photo credit: Pixabay

The Berlin Wall has, of course, played a huge role in its city’s history. It used to divide East Berlin from West Berlin and became a symbol of a divided Europe during the Cold War. You will find remaining parts of it or at least trails on the ground indicating where it once stood almost everywhere in the city. The segments that are still standing are now used as canvas by street artists and the results are often breathtaking.

Museum Island

Inselmuseum
The Alte Nationalgalerie seen from the Museum island. Photo credit: Laurent Charbonneau

Are you a fan of museums? Then Berlin is your city. It even has a complete island dedicated to museums. From the Altes Museum with its national collections to the Alte Nationalgalerie exhibiting German and French artists, you will explore arts and history from the age of the Pharaohs to today. I personally recommend the Neues Museum. With its historical collection, you’re going to want to spend the whole day there.

Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg

Kreuzberg
An alley leading to an outdoor terrace. Photo credit: Laurent Charbonneau

Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg is probably one of the most famous areas of Berlin. What was once the poorest neighborhoods in East Berlin has now become known around the world for its alternative scene and counterculture. Its bars, nightclubs and street art make it one of the best places to go out and have a drink with some friends.

Every part of Berlin has its color, something that makes it special. It is a city vibrant with history, art and life both day and night, and it is definitely a must if you are going to travel in Europe.

Want to know more about Berlin or want to share your experience in this wonderful city? Tell us in the comment below!

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Laurent Charbonneau

Laurent has been a management trainee at Flytrippers since May 2017. He is a travel and aviation enthusiast and spent several months in Germany in addition to being a pilot.

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