Berlin is the very heart of modern Germany, with its grand public buildings, wonderful museums and theatres, urbane restaurants, bustling pubs and lively nightclubs. It's a city that thrives on reinventing itself.
The weather is most reliable although not guaranteed, between May and September. Winter temperatures can fall below freezing.
Cutting edge Berlin is a veritable feast of history, theatre and music. Sites to visit include; the Alte Nationalgalerie (Old National Gallery), a sensitively restored Greek-temple; the Academy of Arts, Mitte is one of the oldest cultural institutions in town, Kreuzberg Political Power Centre -a stately neo-Renaissance structure, the Anti-Kriegs-Museum -the Anti-War-Museum is small but has a big and timely message. Sch?neberg, a pretty Kirchhof (cemetery) was a favourite among Berlin's late-19th-century bourgeoisie, Altes Schloss, palace, Spandauer Damm also known as the Nering-Eosander Building after its two architects, the list is long and interesting with something for everyone.