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Berlin Germany is a fascinating city with history around every corner. It is constantly evolving, its people are well educated, liberal thinkers which means that the city is always moving forward. It has become a melting-pot of different nationalities, the largest immigrant group being Turkish, which makes Berlin culturally rich and diverse. The city has distinct neighbourhoods which all lend a different feel. Mitte is generally considered Berlin's city center and has an old city charm with a modern feel, where old cobblestoned streets and modern high-rise buildings exist in harmony. Mitte is also where Berlin's most recognizable city monuments and memorials are found, making this area an ideal starting point for first-time travelers. Museum Island, Brandenberg Gate and Alexander Platz are just three of the popular tourist attractions here. Kreuzberg has a rich cultural flair, having become notoriously popular with hipsters, young people and artists looking for a creative environment. Kreuzberg is especially known for its edgy collection of street art (graffiti) and wall paintings. Friedrichshain begins after crossing The Oberbaum Bridge along the River Spree. Here you will also find the East Side Gallery. The former Berlin Wall now serves as a memorial of 150 wall paintings from a collection of international artists. Just behind the gallery is one of Berlin's most popular hangouts, the Ostrand Beach bar. berlin germanyThe nature of Berlin is spread out and will require the use of public transportation to get you there, however the effort is well rewarded. Grunewald Forest is a huge 3,000 hectare forest located in the western half of Berlin. This large forest is perfect for hikers looking for a quick injection of nature during their city break. One thing for visitors to look out for is the spy station located on the top of the Teufelsberg (an 80m high hill), in the north of Grunewald Forest. This spy station survives as a living piece of history. It was operated by Americans during the Cold War for listening to East German military communications. Treptow-Kopernick is located in the East of the city and is Berlin's largest district. It is a perfect area for nature lovers. Here you will find the Mugelsee, Berlins's largest lake where you can rent canoes or other watersports equipment. There are also 3 large bathing areas which are popular with swimmers during summer. Even in winter, a multitude of hiking options, cafes and other relaxing activities maintain this lake's charm despite the frosty weather. berlin germanyFor traditional food, there can be nothing better than wurst. The German word means sausage, and the Germans have created some fantastic types. Perhaps most famous is Currywurst, which is traditionally veal or pork mixed with a combination of ketchup, curry powder and Worcester sauce. There is even a museum dedicated to this iconic food. Another one to try is Bockwurst, which is available in a variety of meats to suit all preferences, including pork, chicken, veal and even fish! Flavoured with white pepper and paprika, bockwurst is available from most curry stands and biergartens. For the best classic curry dog, head to Konnopke's in Berlin's Prenzlauer Berg neighbourhood. Berlin also wins a gold star for her nightlife. Undoubtedly one of the coolest clubbing spots on the planet, Berliners throw themselves into the revelry with abandon. With so much to offer the intrepid traveller, make sure you plan enough time to really absorb and appreciate the ambience of the city. As you wander through Berlin, where ever you look, you can be sure that this is where history was made.

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