Berlin is home to high end luxury hotels patronised by the city’s elite just as much as the picky upmarket traveller. The city has tours aplenty. Whether you take the cycle, car or conducted walking tour, you are sure to encounter history at every possible step. War history, political upheavals, manufacturing marvels, food, wine, art and culture extravaganzas – the reality check of being in Berlin is to try and identify as many monuments, busts and buildings as you can.
Walking up to the history-making Brandenburger Tor (Brandenburg Gate) and the Fernsehturm (TV Tower), eating a Currywurst, and marvelling Checkpoint Charlie, Zoologischer Garten (Zoological Garden), Reichstag building (Parliament) and Kurfurstendamm before strolling down the elegant Unter den Linden Boulevard would all come together if you hire a guide to refresh your memory and soak in stories that will haunt you for days after.
Monuments that are testimony to the Nazi regime, remains of Hitler’s Reich Chancellery and Gestapo headquarters, even getting to see the infamous underground hidden Nazi bunkers, taking the gloomy path of Berlin Jews that led to deportation and death is also something that is recommended, morbid though it is. Change the mood later by discovering little cafes and watering holes as you unsuspectingly walk into industrial warehouses that have been given a makeover. The best time to visit Berlin is May through September when the weather is ideal for café sitting, park lazing and leisurely city strolling.