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Berlin

 

In 2013, Berlin's former mayor Klaus Wowereit described the German capital as "poor but sexy". Ever since, Berliners have worn this tag line as a badge of honour – and it's easy to see why. Berlin is perhaps one of the most exciting cities of the modern era. Rising from not only war, but a clear division through the middle of the city to become a vibrant cosmopolitan hub in the heart of Europe. Unlike London with its glitz and glamour, Paris with its chic boutiques or Milan with its keen fashion sense, Berlin isn't ashamed of its unpolished history and oftentimes unglamorous cityscape.
 
From the remains of the Berlin wall to Checkpoint Charlie, walk down any street in the city's bustling centre and you'll stumble upon remnants of yesteryear. However, the capital's landmarks and heterogeneous architecture aren't the only cultural draw. Thanks in large part to the city's affordable housing and living costs, emerging artists from across the world are flocking to Berlin's rich and diverse art scene. Multiculturalism is weaved into every fibre of the capital's consciousness.
 
If the arts aren't your bag, immerse yourself in the city's unique, multicultural food scene – from the cultiest doner kebab in Kreuzberg to world renowned, Michelin-starred restaurants in Mitte, Berlin will take even the most well-traveled foodie by surprise. After, turn night into day and join the in-crowds in some of the capital's most buzzed-about venues. From Berghain to Kater Blau to Weekend, Berliners know how to party, so be prepared to dance until the sun comes up – and then some. Thankfully, the U-Bahn (Underground) runs all night, so no need to worry about catching the last train.
 
Germans are known for their efficiency, but don't let that fool you: Berliners are a people of their own. Here, the old and the new are in constant battle, with the youngest generation of Berliners determined to break free from the shackles of their hometown's traditions. This homegrown culture clash can leave first-time visitors a little disoriented at first, but rest assured: dysfunction is part of Berlin's perpetual charm.

 

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