With its hodgepodge of architectural styles and many distinctive neighborhoods, there are always new surprises in store for any traveler to Berlin. Known for its cozy cafés, sparkling nightlife, and vibrant street art, the capitol of Germany is also steeped in a colorful and fascinating history that overlaps throughout the city.
Dive right in to your Berlin exploration with a visit to Museum Island, which houses more world class museums in its small circumference than many cities at large. Stop first at the Pergamon Museum, where you’ll travel through the gates of Babylon and across the world through a vast collection of ancient Greek, Middle-Eastern, and Islamic art. The sculpture exhibits at the Bode Museum are also a must, as is the Neues Museum -- a formerly bullet-ridden building that sat empty for decades after the end of WWII until its full reconstruction in 2009. And no tour of Museum Island would be complete without climbing the tower of the Berliner Dom for an exquisite view of the city.
Once you’re done on the island, head to the Kulturforum to see collections of European paintings in the Gemäldegalerie and unique and historical instruments at the Musikinstrumenten Museum. WWII buffs will also want to experience history firsthand at any number of memorials and museums. Families will have a blast at the Berlin zoo, which has the largest number of species in the world. Or head to Wannsee, otherwise known as “Berlin’s bathtub”, to test the waters along with the locals. After you’ve had a soak, going shopping in the nostalgically charming Kaufhaus Des Westens at Wittenbergplatz, reputed to be the largest department store in Continental Europe, will be sure to warm your day.
Then find your way back to your comfortable and convenient IHG hotel, where the friendly staff will happily help you plan for tomorrow. With world class amenities and locations that can’t be beat, there’s no better way to make the most of your stay in Berlin than booking with IHG.