The city of Berlin is an exciting place of contrasts, almost organic in its forever evolving reinvention of itself. No longer divided, this city is now a thriving, modern and exciting destination, welcoming tourists and business visitors alike.
It can be explored for its countless historical and modern attractions. Built around the River Spree, Berlin is Germany's capital city and has undergone enormous changes in the past 100 years.
The city of Berlin has over 170 museums, making the city one of the world's prime locations for first-rate historical art collections, cultural exhibitions as well as museums of science and technology.
Berlin's vibrant cultural scene is almost unrivaled in what it has to offer. No matter what your preferences, you're guaranteed to find something to suit your taste and interests. Berlin is a mecca for shopping sprees; from wickedly expensive temples of consumption choking on designer labels, to flea and antique markets, shopping malls, bargain stores and the whole spectrum in between. For luxury designers and international chain outlets head for Kurfürstendamm or Friedrichstrasse. For flair, trendier boutiques and hip Berlin labels browse around Mitte.
Perhaps it is because of the historical burden that Berlin leaps into the future with such abandon and infectious energy. Sometimes the whole city bubbles over like one big steaming teapot. Cafés are full until very late, drinking is a cultural norm and clubs are hosts to scenes of manic madness and hedonism until the early morning hours. Sleep? Not a chance!
There is always plenty going on in the German capital. Berlin is bigger than Paris, more modern than New York, wilder and cleaner than Amsterdam and more diverse than London - cosmopolitan, dynamic and very unforgettable.
With so much to see and do, this cutting edge city has become a popular destination for visitors and there is a good selection of accommodations and vacation rentals. Luxury apartment rentals and villa rentals are widespread throughout the city, and there are plenty of vacation rentals offering good budget accommodation for those who wish to seek out a bargain for their stay. Between May and September, accommodations, lodging and condo rentals in Berlin become very busy and reservations are necessary. It would be wise to book through Owner Direct Vacation Rentals for your vacation rentals, condo rentals, apartment rentals or holiday villa.
When the Berlin Wall was dismantled 1989, it was an enormous turning point for the city, which had previously been divided for over 28 years. The city is full of historical information, with museums, such as Museum Island - a complex of five museums containing many important collections, and the Egyptian Museum, with 6,000 year old artifacts. There are also numerous art galleries in Berlin, where tourists can view sculptures and both old and modern paintings by world-famous artists, such as Van Gogh, Cézanne and Picasso.