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.
An easy day out from Berlin, Potsdam harbours several fine palaces, including the fabled park Sanssouci.
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.
Mess around in a boat along lush and sleepy waterways, or cycle along their quiet banks.