It may be one of the lesser known fashion capitals, but Berlin certainly knows its position as a leader in the fashion world. We spent May Day bank holiday exploring Europe’s second largest city, taking in the sights and sounds in one of the most culturally diverse cities around.
It’s no exaggeration that there is something in Berlin for absolutely everyone; with 139 museums depicting the cities past, over 400 art galleries (we were lucky enough to visit during gallery weekend), and bars and restaurants from the traditional to the most contemporary fine dining.
We stayed in the trendy area of Mitte, just north of the cities main centre and couldn’t resist taking a few LVBT pieces out with us to capture whilst exploring the city.
The tourist traps
Visiting a city like Berlin and not visiting at least some of the tourist hotspots would be criminal, so we made a conscious effort to head out early and avoid the queues.
The Reichstag building tells a great deal of Germany’s modern history, from its days as the home of the German Parliament, to its almost complete destruction following Nazi control. No wonder it is alleged to be the second most visited attraction in Germany.
While the Reichstag building is credited for its Neo-Baroque style, the Fernsehturm Berlín (Berlin TV Tower) is much more of a statement than a piece of art. Built between 1965 and 1969 the 368m high television tower was a symbol of Berlin and East Germany, visible across the whole city.
Alfresco eating and drinking is a big part of Berlin’s culture, from beer gardens and lush open spaces, to hidden spots along the river Spree. Whether it's a mid-morning coffee or traditional German stein that takes your fancy, the relaxed atmosphere throughout the city makes this an easy place to unwind.
Like most cities, some of the best locations are those slightly tucked away from view. Botanical Affairs is exactly one of those, a fantastic little gin bar in the heart of Mitte serving over 50 different types of gin from around the world. We highly recommend you go there for a drink or two.
Slightly away from the centre stands the Jewish Museum of Berlin, designed by Polish-American architect Daniel Libeskind and a permanent home to the exhibition titled Two Millennia of German Jewish History. The building and the subject are fascinating, made all the better by the beautiful gardens surrounding the museum.
All-in-all you'll find a city filled with diverse cultures, top-class bars and restaurants, and a welcoming atmosphere wherever you venture. We would recommend Berlin to anyone.