Book great SWISS flights from the USA to Berlin (TXL), the commercial and political capital of Germany, for a great time in the most vibrant capital in Europe. The legendary nightlife of the city, from big dance halls to living-room sized live clubs is without rival.
The event calendar for only a week has the size of a telephone book. For the art aficionado, the shopping lover and the history buff Berlin is a treasure trove of entertainment. Start with a walk over the Gendarmenmarkt with the French Dome, a monument to French immigrants in the 17th century.
On the Museum Island you can see for yourself the world-famous bust of Egyptian queen Nefertiti or the several thousand-year old, blue-glazed Ishtar Gate of Babylon. Take a boat ride on the Spree River and see the city from a different perspective, from the Berlin government quarter to Bellevue Palace, where the President resides.
The Brandenburger Tor and the Reichstag, the German parliament with its glass dome, are must-see attractions. Take a historic walk along the Berlin Wall and learn its history at the former Checkpoint Charly.
To get enough energy, try the typical Döner, invented by Turkish immigrants in Berlin and now world-famous as a symbol for cultural crossover food. If you want to go shopping, you will find everything from luxury shopping malls to thousands of artsy designer shops, second hand boutiques and outlets of famous fashion brands. If your idea of evening entertainment is classical music, see the world-famous Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra or got to the Opera "Unter den Linden" for a world-class performance of your favorite opera.
Whatever your idea of a great time is, Berlin will have it all. The capital of Germany, is a fusion of cultures, generations, political persuasions, and arts unique in Europe. This city of 4.5 million was reborn after the fall of the wall dividing the city into East and West in 1989. Now unified, Berlin is a city renewed with a vibrant blend of youthful devotion to the avantgarde, a conflation of European, Asian and Middle Eastern cultures, the charm of medieval architecture and entertainment ranging from walks along shaded avenues to dining in romantic bistros to night clubbing in brash cabarets.
Visit the world-class exhibitions on the Museum’s Island, stroll through the city’s famous landmark, the Brandenburg Gate and enjoy the view from the view platform on top of the Friedensengel. The exciting metropolis on the banks of the Spree river is famous for its many parks, festivals and street food.
Artistic, energetic and alternative as Berlin is, the city is still one of the most affordable capital cities in Europe. Due to its vastly international population, English speakers will have no problems finding their way through the city. However, you should restrict your credit card use to the ubiquitous ATMs because most businesses prefer cash.
As Germany is playing a significant role in European and global politics, you might want to visit the German Reichstag, seat of the German parliament. However, all guests need to sign up early enough in advance. Book your flights to Berlin and see for yourself, what It means to be in Berlin.