Berlin, a popular and affordable tourist destination is one of the best places to experience modern history. There are three UNESCO World Heritage sites and 180 museums and memorial sites and it is the center of such significant symbols of German reunification and the end of the Cold War as the Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag, and Checkpoint Charlie, the former border crossing point.
It has been a quarter century since Mikhail Gorbachev's policies made the Russian words glasnost (openness to freedom) and perestroika (economic restructuring) familiar to us all and since President Ronald Reagan called upon the Soviet leader “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.”
Germany is marking this milestone by celebrating its cultural attractions. For many years, the most prominent feature of this city was the wall that divided the German people between East and West.
The fall of this wall the reunification of Germany was also the impetus to a booming tourism industry, According to Petra Hedorfer, Chief Executive Officer of the German National Tourist Board (GNTB) “Since 1993, when inbound tourism statistics were first recorded for the country as a whole, the number of overnight stays by foreign visitors in Germany has almost doubled.”
Over 70 million international visitors stayed in Berlin 2013 and the numbers are rising.
Visitors to Berlin are immersed in history infused and the creativity that flourishes once again. In addition to its historical and cultural attractions are fourteen Michelin-starred restaurants, improved transport routes, spas, and woodlands.
There’s no better time to visit than this historically significant time. One of the easiest ways to get around and best deals is the Berlin Welcome Card, which includes free use of all public transport, a travel guide with tour suggestions, and discounts on attractions, tours, restaurants, and services.
For additional photos and information on what to see and do in Berlin, see Notable Travel’s Berlin, City of Healing.