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Berlin is the capital and the largest city of Germany. It boasts of a rich history. It is considered as an important world city for street art culture. Read on for a 3-day itinerary for visiting Berlin. The Berlin Wall is one of the largest open-air canvasses in the world. The Reichstag building is the traditional seat of the German Parliament. It features a glass dome over the session area, which allows free public access to the parliamentary proceedings and magnificent views of the city. The Brandenburg Gate is an iconic landmark of Berlin and Germany; it stands as a symbol of eventful European history and of unity and peace. The East Side Gallery is an open-air exhibition of art painted directly on the last existing portions of the Berlin Wall. It is the largest remaining evidence of the city’s historical division. Potsdamer Platz is an entire quarter built from scratch after 1995 after the Wall came down. The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, a Holocaust memorial is also an important site to see. Day 1: Start from from Alexanderplatz to the Brandenburg Gate World Clock at Alexanderplatz is a must-see. The surrounding buildings take you back in time to 1970s, watch the lively goings-on as people pass by and look up across the S-Bahn railway tracks at the TV Tower, the first highlight on the tour. From the top you’ll have a phenomenal view over the whole city, and with the Berlin WelcomeCard you can enjoy a discount on the admission price to the tower. Eat up the view while enjoying breakfast or brunch at the restaurant sphere that rotates over Berlin at a height of 200 metres. Head to the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, which is also known as the Holocaust Memorial. Walk through the memorial with its 2,711 concrete pillars and take in its contemplative atmosphere. From here it’s just a few metres down Ebertstraße before you’ll find yourself in front of the most famous landmark of Berlin, the Brandenburg Gate. Few buildings are as closely connected with the history of Berlin as the former city gate is. After the fall of the Berlin Wall it became a symbol of German unity. The next highlight of our tour is also a truly historic place. The Reichstag, the seat of the Deutscher Bundestag (German parliament). Berlin’s nightlife has been celebrated as one of the most diverse and vibrant of its kind. Clubs are not required to close at a fixed time during the weekends, and many parties last well into the morning, or even all weekend. Panaroma is one of the well-known bars, a bar that opens its shades at daybreak, allowing party-goers a panorama view of Berlin after dancing through the night. Day 2: Enjoy an easy-going start on the third day with a late brunch the way the Berliners love them. Things taste even better when there is a view to match. So check out one of the many cafés by the Landwehr Canal. Just around the corner, one can spot the East Side Gallery stretching out before you. The longest connected piece of the former Berlin Wall is covered with many different and amazing artworks. The most famous painting is the brotherly kiss between Honecker and Brezhnev. And there are plenty more historic events depicted along the 1.3 km open air gallery. Berlin is famous for a crazy night-life. Check-out Suicide Circle etc. Day 3: Head to Check-point Charlie - It became a symbol of the Cold War, representing the separation of East and West. Soviet and American tanks briefly faced each other at the location during the Berlin Crisis. Next stop would be Berlin Cathedral. popularly known as Berliner Dom. It is located on Museum Island in the Mitte borough. The current building was finished in 1905 and is a main work of Historicist architecture of the ”Kaiserzeit”. The Berlin Cathedral has never been a cathedral in the actual sense of that term since it has never been the seat of a bishop. Getting around in Berlin: Deutsche Bahn ( DB) runs high speed ICE trains to domestic destinations like Hamburg, Munich, Cologne, Stuttgart, Frankfurt am Main and others. It also runs an SXF airport express rail service, as well as trains to several international destinations like Vienna, Prague, Zürich, Warsaw, Budapest and Amsterdam Long-distance rail lines connect Berlin with all of the major cities of Germany and with many cities in neighboring European countries. Regional rail lines of the Berlin-Brandenburg provide access to the surrounding regions of Brandenburg and to the Baltic Sea. The Berlin Hauptbahnhof ( main bus-stop) is the largest grade-separated railway station in Europe. Traveler’s card: The Berlin Welcome Card is Berlin’s official tourist ticket. It combines free public transport and discounts on over 200 sightseeing highlights. For travel during the weekend, one could also opt for a Schones Wochende (Happy Weekend) pass valid for a group of 5 at a fixed price. It is valid between Friday evening and Sunday midnight. Schones Wochende is valid for travel via Deutsche Bahn . Average cost per day for budget travelers would be 40-45 Euros. Accommodation in Berlin: One can find a variety of options for staying at Berlin for each budget - from pocket friendly hostels like SleepCheap.com, mid-range or luxury hotels. Berlin is by far the cheapest capital city in Western Europe, so it’s a great place for budget-minded backpackers and anyone wanting a great deal. Berlin has world-class museums, cheap food, crazy nightlife, and affordable accommodation. Food to try in Berlin: Popular restaurants to try German delicacies are Wiener Schnitzel at KaDeWe, Mustafas Gemüsedöner etc to name a few. However, one can find any cuisine from Mexican to Indian. Head to Skykitchen if you are looking for a fine-dine. Try Zure Haxe or Marjellchen for local cuisine. Langosch and El Loco are moderatly priced. Best time to visit Berlin: Summer season is the best time to visit Berlin. May through September when the weather is ideal for cafe sitting, park lazing and leisurely city strolling. Winter, on the other hand, is literally freezing: Temperatures tend to range in the 20- to 30-degree Fahrenheit range. Happy Traveling!