A Berlin cathedral

Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER)

Berlin-Tegel / Otto Lilienthal Airport (TXL)

The capital of Germany, Berlin is a thriving city that blends internationalism and tolerance, lively nightlife, street art, historical landmarks, a flourishing food scene and some of the best museums in the world.

World War II. The construction of the Berlin wall. These iconic events shaped the modern city that exists today. Now a reunified Berlin hums with energy and optimism. Since the fall of the Wall in 1989, creative visionaries and technology whiz kids have swarmed the city, making it a mecca for art, design, fashion, electronic music and multimedia.

Monuments, Museums and Memories Waiting to be Made

Visit Museumsinsel, literally "Museum Island," dotted with remarkable museums. Visit the sprawling Pergamon Museum for its vast collection of ancient Greek, Middle Eastern and Islamic art and architecture, including original-sized reconstructions of the Pergamon Altar and the Market Gate of Miletus. The Neues Museum offers an astonishing exhibition of Egyptian relics — including the bust of Nefertiti — alongside treasures unearthed at Troy.

Travel forward to the mid-twentieth century and explore the Berlin Wall Memorial and Checkpoint Charlie. Here, you'll learn stories of danger and surprising humanity in a time marked by political and social strife. Then tour the Bundestag, the German Parliament building, near the Brandenburg Gate. Its 1999 renovation added a stunning glass dome that offers a breathtaking view of Berlin.

You've fed your mind. Now feed your body. A don't miss staple of Berlin fast food is the currywurst: bratwurst doused with curry-infused ketchup. For international flavors, try the Kreuzberg and Neukölln neighborhoods for Turkish and Indian cuisine or another quintessential Berlin treat: the Döner Kebap (so popular its annual sales in Germany total 2.5 billion euros).