This really is a tale of two cities so if you're a history buff or a culture vulture, there's loads to see and do in Berlin. There's a piece of the past on every street corner and there are plenty of galleries to explore too.
East Side Gallery
This open air gallery is made from a stretch of the Berlin Wall which is more than a kilometre long. You'll see arresting 3D visuals that artistically describe life before the wall came down. Definitely look out for the East German Trabant car that appears to be breaking through the concrete! Also make sure you give yourself ample time, as there are over 100 works of art by East German artists and those who came from all over the world to make their mark on this symbol of political divide.
The Holocaust memorial is at the Brandenburg Gate. It is an unusual and radical piece made from 2,711 concrete pillars that you can walk through from all sides, giving you extremely interesting and different viewpoints from every angle. Make sure you don’t miss the underground information centre where you can learn about the real people behind the victims of the Holocaust.
Topography of Terror
Although Topography of Terror is a rather harrowing exhibition, you are certain to find it ruthlessly interesting, so it is definitely not be missed. It is situated on the former premises of the SS headquarters and documents the history of the institutions of terror in the vicinity of the Nazi government district and of the crimes originating from there. You will also find here a second permanent exhibition focusing on the role of Berlin as capital of the Third Reich. You will not leave without having become a fountain of knowledge.
If you’re studying the arts, head on down to KÖNIG GALLERY, which currently represents 30 international, emerging and established young artists. Be inspired by the concept-driven ideas including sculpture, video, sound, painting, printmaking, photography and performance. This prize winning gallery has successfully placed works in a variety of private and public collections, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Guggenheim Foundation, making it the place to learn and form your own creative vision.