So you’re sitting at home twiddling your thumbs and wondering what to do next. You want to go abroad but you’re not sure where to go; London is too expensive, you’ve done Paris a million times before and your last trip to Spain left you feeling a little flat. So why not try something different – Berlin for instance? You might not think it, but Berlin is definitely one of Europe’s most diverse and thriving cities, so here’s a few things you can do for a quick getaway. Culture vultures can immerse themselves completely in the city as soon as they bus it in from the airport. On an island in the middle of thewhich flows through Berlin lie a whole host of museums. Imaginatively titled.
Museum Island (or Museumsinsel in the native language) is aboasting no fewer than five excellent world-renowned museums. Inside you will find thousands of years of German and World history, from art to artefacts that will take hours to explore. If time is short, then the Altes and Neues (old and new) museums are the places to visit. Getting around the city on foot or by bicycle is possible, and there is more chance that you will spot some hidden treasures that way, but for those visiting for a weekend public transport is a must. The U-Bahn (the city’s underground system) and the bus services are easy to use, and if you pick up a special visitors ticket you can save yourself a lot of hassle – and a lot of money. The same can be said for many of the other attractions in the city – there are many outlets that sell day passes to many galleries and museums dotted around, so maybe check these out online in advance. If you’re running around Berlin in a couple of days you’ll be sure to need some food and drink to keep the energy levels up. There are huge numbers of bars and restaurants all over the city, and some of the more diverse are situated in the and Kreuzberg districts. It’s not all about the beer and sausages so take off those blinkers and look around for something new and exciting – you don’t know it until you try it!
For those of you with a musical ear, then you could do a lot worse than checking out a few of the music venues. One of the best – and busiest – is Lido. Showcasing local bands and emerging talent from across the globe, the club has live music most nights and even when there’s nobody up on the stage, there is always someone in the DJ booth playing tunes into the small hours. And for the punk lover, be sure to keep an eye out for the Ramones museum, where the proprietor has spent the last 25 years collecting all sorts of memorabilia from the seminal punk band as well as collections from the era. Wherever you look you’ll find grand architecture; some brutal, some quirky but all outstanding and you can be sure that once your time is up in this great city, you’ll be back online as soon as you get home to check out more flight and hotel deals so you can get back there as quickly as possible!