Berlin the most famously divided city of the 20th century has turned into an innovative, design-forward international hub, known for its music festivals and street art as much as for its incredible athletes and modern history. While there is no more Wall, famous landmarks include the Brandenburg Gate, landmark Reichstag (seat of the German parliament), somber Holocaust Memorial, and architecturally diverse Potsdamer Platz. Berlin has more green space than expected, thanks to the presence of Tiergarten, a former royal hunting ground turned massive city park. It's like a forest within the city, bordering the Reichstag and the also-spacious Zoological Garden (home of Knut, the cute baby polar bear). Though its techno and industrial music scenes have claimed much of the spotlight in recent decades, classically sexy cabaret style still exists at the reincarnated Kit Kat Club.
More than two decades after the fall of the wall that once culturally and politically divided Berlin east from west, this vibrant, reunited city is once again the German capital and a major center of cutting-edge art and culture. Today’s Berlin strongly exists in the present, looking toward the future -- from the non-mainstream bars and techno clubbing nightlife of Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain to the reconstructed glass-domed Reichstag (German parliament). The city’s past is not hidden from view, however. Among the many avant-garde galleries are specialty stores filled with traditional German-made porcelain and glass, and one of Berlin’s must-visits is the Jewish Museum, whose foundation stone was laid in 1992, on the 54th commemoration of the Kristallnacht.