Berlin is the capital and the biggest, with a population of almost 3.3 million, city of Germany. Falling asunder as East and West Berlin between 1949 and 1990, it was reunited in 1990 after the fall of Berlin Wall as a consequence of the collapse of communism.
Tegel Airport is 8 km out of the city. From downtown taxis charge 20-25 Euros to the airport. Getting from A to B with public transportation is comfy, safe and reasonably priced in Berlin. There are options like U Bahn subway, S Bahn subway, bus, and tram. It's highly recommended to use daily passes. Or if you like you can use hop on hop off buses to visit the touristic sites very easily.
The city center includes some luxury hotels, hotels for all other budgets, hostels and apartments. Some of the luxury hotels in the city include: Grand Hyatt, Hotel de Rome, Regent Berlin, Pullman Berlin Schweizerhof, Radisson Blu Hotel, InterContinental, Swissotel, Das Stue, Louisa's Place, Hotel Adlon Kempinski, Sofitel Berlin Kurfuerstendamm, The Mandala Hotel, The Ritz-Carlton, Eurostars Berlin Hotel, Schlosshotel Im Grunewald, Sofitel Berlin Gendarmenmarkt, Marriott Hotel, Hotel Palace Berlin, Waldorf Astoria and Hilton Hotel. If you're looking for more hotels priced for more mid-level budgets then Casa Camper, The Circus Hotel, Hampton by Hilton Berlin City West, Hotel Sylter Hof, Citadines Kurfuerstendamm, 25hours Hotel Bikini, Hotel Hansablick Garni, Best Western Hotel am Spittelmarkt, Novum Style Hotel Berlin Centrum or Holiday Inn Express Berlin City Centre-West are good options. The best options for cheap accommodation include aletto Kudamm Hotel & Hostel, Ibis Budget Berlin Kurfurstendamm, Hotel Pariser Eck, Sickinger Hof, Hotel Zu Hause.
Berlin is an artistic and architectural city. The historical monuments and the museums within the borders of the city are the main cultural and tourist heritages of the city. Alexanderplatz, Brandenburg Gate, and Charlottenburg Palace are the most important tourist places of the city. Brandenburg Gate (Brandenburg Tor) is the most famous landmark of the city divided the city till 1989. Now, it is the symbol of the national unity. Zoologischer Garten located at the southwest of Tiergarten is the oldest zoo of the city that you should certainly see. There are 1500 species and a total of 14.000 animals in the zoo. The aquarium within the zoo includes different kinds of fish, insects, crocodiles, poison frogs, octopuses and more. There are innumerable museums in the city waiting for your visitation. Bauhaus Museum fur Gestaltung at Tiergartan, Deutsche Guggenheim Berlin at Mitte, Deutsches Technikmuseum at Kreuzberg, Gemäldegalerie Museum at Tiergarten, Jüdisches Museum (the largest Jewish Museum in Europe) at Kreuzberg, Pergamon Museum at Mitte, Reichstag (German Priament since1999) are the places not to be missed. Among the museums above, Pergamon Museum with its classical collection of Greek, Babylonian, Roman, Islamic and Middle Eastern art and architecture is the first must-see place.
You will find, with respect to shopping, everything in Berlin. From a costly antique to a bauble and from fashionable clothing to ordinary dresses in the flea markets of the city, you can find whatever you want in every price and in every quality. Postdamer Platz Arkaden(Tiergarten) is one of the mall in Berlin offering pretty diversified shopping alternatives. You will be able to find everything from clothing, books, electronics to supermarkets, fast food outlets and tuxedos.
After the reunification of the city in 1990, the dynamic population of the city (more than half is under 35) declared a cultural movement to add dynamism to the cultural treasury of the city. A great deal of theatres and cinemas are existed in the city. It is regarded as the Culture Capital of Europe in the sense that the city is famous for its international architecture, fine and performing arts. Maxim Gorki Theater at Mitte, Deutsches Theater at Mitte, Berliner Ensemble Theater at Schiffbauerdamm, Deutsche Oper at Charlottenburg, Komische Oper at Mitte and more are important art and performing centers of Berlin. The condition of Berlin to have more than one center leads the cafes and bars to be spread all around the city. The garden cafes are mostly placed at Paul Linke Ufer. Nice bars are placed at Oranienburger Strabe and Hackescher Markt. In Pariser Strabe and Kollwitzplatz, you will find catchy places to get together with your friends.