Berlin, Germany is a city so steeped in modern history we can forget that it’s still fascinating. That is to say, from the World Wars through the fall of the Berlin Wall (and countless references to both in film and television), Berlin was as important a city as any in 20th century war and politics. But it’s not a city only for the history books. Berlin is beautiful and fascinating, packed with UNESCO World Heritage Sites, excellent architecture, and interesting culture. These are some of my top picks.
This is one of the UNESCO sites in Berlin, and it’s exactly what it sounds like. More specifically, it’s one island with five museums in the heart of the city, between the Spree River and the Spree Canal. Naturally it’s a striking area, and though it’s fairly large it’s also easy to navigate (in part because it’s the site of the old city of Colln). On the island you can explore the Altes Museum, Neues Museum, the Alte Nationalgalerie, the Bode Museum (perhaps the prettiest), and the Pergamon Museum (perhaps the most unique). It’s a lot to see in one area and makes for a wonderful day of exploration.