Put your map away and enjoy getting lost in the city; you'll be surprised how diverse and charming the different districts are. West Berlin, for example, is enjoying a renaissance, and has recently changed in the eyes of many locals from boring no-go zone to the new and exciting place to be.
Most of us have just taken down our Christmas trees and welcomed in the new year. But it's never too early to start planning for December. If you've ever dreamt of a winter wonderland, then perhaps it's time to consider a German Christmas.
Across the ocean, far away there lies a magical city that puts Brooklyn, San Francisco and all other major capitals of hip-ness to shame. Some call it paradise. Others the new Shangri-La. You can call it Berlin.
Berlin is distinctly anti-capitalist and it puts humanity and culture before money. It's a city where people go to live for cheap while they make things -- art, music, cultural output in general. It's also a place where people go to dance the night away.
First time visitors to Germany's capital city of Berlin will find they have no shortage of culturally stimulating destinations well worth exploring. But since there are so many things to do, we've narrowed it down for you.
I listened for voices but heard none. When we passed through the checkpoint to West Berlin, it was as though someone had turned on a stereo and painted the background. There were people hustling and bustling. Life.