It’s a vibrant city, with an eclectic mix of culture, urban life and history, a legendary nightlife, a culinary scene that rivals NYC, and always something new interesting happening.
Berlin literally has it all: vibe, art, music, food, fun, endless possibilities.
And just like NYC, Berlin attracts people from all over the world.
DJs want to play at Berlin most popular clubs (such as Berghain - a club located in an old power station - regarded as the Mecca of techno music), new and talented artists want to present their artwork in one of the hundreds of art galleries that proliferate everywhere, creatives are flocking to experience no ordinary city life, and tech startups are popping up all over the city.
It’s a diverse, accepting, and trendy city.
Berlin has an amazing history that is still very perceptible.
It was the center of the Prussian Empire and the capital of the German Reich. After WWI it became the busiest metropolis in Europe and the epitome of the Golden Twenties.
Then came the Nazis who remodeled Berlin as the future world capital.
It was Berlin from where the Führer ignited WWII and it was Berlin where Germany surrendered unconditionally in 1945.
Every American student learns about the famous JFK speech — from a platform erected on the steps of Rathaus Schöneberg — "Ich bin ein Berliner"
And Reagan's speech at the Brandenburg Gate near the Berlin Wall on June 12, 1987 "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall."
But it is one thing to read about it from the American perspective and another to actually see for yourself the results of Berlin's turbulent past with the division of East and West, NATO vs Warsaw Pact, and the post-war buildings that have become part of the historical inventory of the city.
Take for instance Tempelhof, an old airport full of history and heritage that has been turned into an open-sky park for BBQ, gardening, and sports.
Each one has its own personality and distinct appeal, and each demonstrate Berlin’s changing face, as this European capital has become a magnet for people from all around the world.
It’s home to the first ever Paleo restaurant. You know, just to mention A restaurant. Ha!
Each Thursday night there’s a market (Street Food Thursday) with food from all over the world.
Trust me guys when I say that I had one the most scrumptious BBQ pulled beef ever.
Coffee culture is also huge.
Berlin is an open air contemporary art gallery. Everywhere you glance, some artist has left his stamp.
And you can drink everywhere as outdoor drinking is legal. So parks, sidewalks, even public transportation, you name it.
After my 10 day visit I can fully understand why people fall in love with Berlin, stay longer than expected, return frequently, and end up moving there.