Berlin is a huge city, so it's great to know a few things about getting around and how to make the most of your trip.
Mitte (literally meaning 'Middle') is the very centre of Berlin, where you'll find many hotspots such as the Natural History Museum, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, and the Memorial Park. The trendy districts of Friedrichshain, Neukölln, and Kreuzberg are all popular hipster hangouts, with plenty of bars, clubs, and shops catering to Berlin's artistic youth.
Berlin is very large, with a lot of distinct districts that mean you'll probably be using the public transport at least a few times on your visit. The Berlin Welcome Card, which can be bought for different lengths of time, entitles you to transport on the trains, trams, and buses, as well as discounted entry to a range of attractions and even restaurants.
German food is famous for its hearty meats. Berlin is home to its own specialities, including the ever-popular Currywurst (sausage served with ketchup and curry powder) and Eisbein (pork knuckle, a dish not for everyone). Schnitzel and Bratwurst are other favourites. The city's international restaurant scene has grown remarkably, with Turkish, Italian, Vietnamese, and Korean spots all in decent supply.
There are plenty of famous landmarks to see on your holiday, and these are a handful of the best.
This is the German Parliament building, which opened towards the end of the Victorian Era. You can enjoy a special meal in its glass dome and get great views from up high, or simply enjoy a tour of the inside. Be sure to leave ample time for ticketing and registration.
A collection of superb museums sit on this small island in Mitte. Among the many great historic and artistic institutions here are the Neues Museum, with a superb Ancient Egyptian exhibit, and the Pergamon, home to the iconic Ishtar Gate of Babylon.
The historic former airport and site of the Berlin Air Lifts is, unlike airports, in the city's centre. Now a beautiful park, the massive space attracts visitors and locals alike for barbecuing, lounging, and walking, cycling, and running down its former runways.