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Cultural and cosmopolitan city of Berlin is a city that enjoys by millions of tourists every year, and with good reason. With a fascinating history and exciting daily life, Berlin has just about everything you could ever want, whatever type of tourist you are – so if you’re heading there on a weekend break, you can look forward to enjoying a holiday you’ll never forget!

If you’ve only got a couple of days to take in everything the capital of Germany has to offer, you may have to streamline your holiday in order to catch all of the best sights – but don’t worry, even if you only see a small amount of what Berlin’s got to show, you can be sure that it’ll leave you wanting more. Your first port of call is likely to be the Berlin Wall. This is an essential part of any trip to the city and is one that you won’t take lightly: the historical, political and cultural significance of this partially demolished wall ignites a poignant surge of emotion in many people who gaze upon it, and it is a worthy monument to reflect upon for a while. Many locals make a point of visiting the wall frequently to ensure the past is never forgotten, and you’ll find that the atmosphere in this area is one of solemnity – but also hope.

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Once you’ve visited the Wall, it’ll be time to re-energise by hitting one of Berlin’s fantastic bars or restaurants where you can enjoy an incredible meal that will be sure to get your energy levels back up! If you’re enjoying the holiday feeling, now is also a good time to sample one of Berlin’s delightful local beers, but don’t enjoy it too much – you still want to get around and see more later!

After lunch, it’s time to take in Berlin on foot. Enjoy a nice long walk around the city centre, soaking in the atmosphere and the fantastic local way of life. It’s doing just this – walking around with no particular agenda – that makes so many people fall in love with Berlin. But there’s still plenty more to see! The Brandenburg Gate is an icon of both Berlin and Germany and makes for a fantastic photo opportunity, as well as the Gendarmenmarkt, a square in the heart of the city that is bordered by two stunning cathedrals. If ecclesiastical buildings are your passion, a trip to the Berlin Cathedral shouldn’t be missed.

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When you’re not resting up in Berlin hotels, be sure to also see Hackescher Markt, Schloss Bellevue and the incredible East Side Gallery – all of which will ensure you make the most of your weekend in this exciting and enigmatic city.

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