48 hours in Berlin
Berlin, the capital city of Germany, is one of the greatest cultural, political and scientific centres of Europe. By the way, did you know that Berlin with its nature and parks is also one of the greenest cities in Europe? We give you the must-sees for 48 hours in Berlin.
While you're still able to do so, time for culture. The "Museum für Gegenwart" houses a permanent collection of modern art with works by Andy Warhol, Joseph Beuys, Bruce Nauman and others. Ten years after its opening, this expensive museum, a former train station, is still up to date.
Once you've figured out the metro network, you can get around the city in no time. Berlin is huge and has several cool neighbourhoods, but a must is Checkpoint Charlie. This border point was during the Cold War the transition between West and East, capitalism and communism, wealth and poverty. You have to take in the tourist stores, but this really is an important historical site that you must have seen.
Time for relaxation: shopping in Berlin! In the Kurfürstendamm and the Tauentzienstrasse there are masses of large chain stores, but also Berlin stores with hip stuff. Continue along Adenauersplatz, where it is quieter. Here you will find more designer stores à la Jil Sander and Yves Saint Laurent.
We didn't just memorize all those name cases, so why not invest a little in our Deutsche Sprache? At the open-air cinema in the Kreuzberg district, there is an attractive selection of German films all summer long. For years, German cinema has been praised for its quality offerings, as evidenced by such hits as Der Untergang, Sophie Scholl and Das Leben Der Anderen. There are also classic films among the offerings.
As mentioned above, Berlin is known for its musical offerings, and of course that includes jazz. At Quasimodo, one of the city's main jazz pubs, international jazz artists play almost every night in a pleasant atmosphere. You will have to search a bit to find the dark basement.
A trip to Potsdam is part of being in Berlin. With the S-Bahn you're half an hour at Slot Sanssouci ("sans soucis", without worries), the palace of Frederick the Great from the 18th century. The Versailles of Prussia, so to speak, where the three great powers decided on Europe after World War II. Potsdam itself is also worth a visit, with the Holländisches Viertel and the town hall as attractions.
No visit to Berlin is complete without having visited a Biergarten! Prenzlauer Berg is the oldest beer garden in the city, a meeting place for friends, family and children. Extremely cosy dining at the Prater Inn, where you can have lunch the German way: Königsberger Klopse (meatballs with anchovies, capers and lime juice) and other crazy combinations.
Since 1999, the Reichstag has been the seat of the German parliament. The country's oldest political monument was given a modern makeover with a huge glass dome. Look for the old graffiti, applied by Soviet soldiers after the war: "Sergei and Yuri were here". Walk on to the Brandenburg Gate, the city's most famous monument.
We do the last evening quietly: the Staatsoper is one of the largest opera houses in the world. The classical Prussian style is bombastic but very impressive. World War II left the opera house in ruins, but since 1986 the magnificent building has been restored to its former glory.
There are special offers for students, and with any luck you can get a good last minute seat for an even better price.
To end the two-day with a bomb: Weekend Club! In an office block on Alexanderplatz, ascend by elevator to the twelfth floor for a panoramic view of Berlin. Party until the early hours and watch the sun climb over Berlin. The decor is sleek, the music is great, the deejays are national and international toppers.
Here's an overview of just a few ISIC benefits
you can score in Berlin:
The Pegasus Hostel Berlin is situated in the very centre of Berlins most attractive sights.
Stay at Pegasus Hostel and receive a 10 % discount, free Internet and a free walking tour by showing your card at the reception desk.
Madame Tussauds Berlin is an interactive leisure attraction for the whole family. With different areas and about 100 wax figures, there is something for every visitor to marvel at. In keeping with Berlin's world-famous location, Madame Tussauds Berlin offers an extraordinary insight into 100 years of Berlin history, politics, culture, fashion, sports, Hollywood, TV and music.
At Little BIG City, the unique history of Berlin becomes an exciting experience for everyone. With attention to detail the team brought the great moments and little stories of the last 750 years to life in a very special way. More than 100 historic buildings, 30 projectors, 15 holograms, countless projections, modern lighting and sound effects and more than 6,000 figures make the history of the city exciting and come alive.
The sage club is a fixed size in berlin nightlife from 1997 on, well-known for its eccentric band-booking, a dragon, who spits fire over people´s heads on a dancefloor and a pool at the garden-area, which is indoor during the wintertime.
Every Thursday the club presents two live concerts and various DJs, sometimes rockstars behind the DJ-desks on three different floors.
As an ISIC, ITIC, or IYTC cardholder, you will receive two admissions for one price. Simply show your card onsite and receive the discount on the entry fee.
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