1 The Reichstag and the Brandenburg Gate

Germany’s two most famous landmarks are practically neighbours, and the view from the Reichstag’s glass cupola provides a great handle on the city.

2 Museum Island

The Greek Pergamon Altar and Babylon’s Ishtar Gate are among the spectacular antiquities in Berlin’s premier museum complex.

3 Berlin Wall Memorial

See the Wall as it once was in the only remaining, completely preserved section.

4 Bars and clubs

You can party all night every night in Berlin’s bewildering array of bars and clubs.

5 Potsdam

An easy day out from Berlin, Potsdam harbours several fine palaces, including the fabled park Sanssouci.

6 Sachsenhausen

The former concentration camp for both the Nazis and Soviets makes for a grim but rewarding day-trip from Berlin.

7 Tropical Islands

For a quick and easy getaway from a cheerless Brandenburg winter try overnighting on the beach in this vast tropical dome; unmissable for kids.

8 Spreewald

Mess around in a boat along lush and sleepy waterways, or cycle along their quiet banks.

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