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The City That Never Sleeps Is Berlin
I have been longing to visit the eclectic capital of Germany for some time as I heard so much about its rich cultural life, it’s fascinating nightlife, and its unique atmosphere.

I finally made the trip with a couple of friends in the impressive city in the first month of German summer. We rented an apartment in Kreuzberg and it was a great choice. Our apartment had a minimalist and artsy style and I spent my mornings having coffee in bed, resting my back on the comfortable mattress and admiring the decorations.

Kreuzberg is a neighborhood in Eastern Berlin that has a history of hosting radicals and anarchists, but which has turned into one of the hippest and liveliest areas of this city. Also, it is pretty affordable and we were impressed by the diversity of this area: we could have spent our entire holiday just here!

In the neighborhood, we ate German specials at Curry 36 (currywurst resembles hotdog and it is the most popular street food here) and Burgermeister, some unpretentious, but renowned local eateries. We also visited Checkpoint Charlie, the main crossing point between former Eastern and Western Germany and the Jewish Museum, which is no place for the faint-hearted. Also, Kreuzberg is an outdoor exhibition; there is graffiti everywhere and you just can’t help admiring and photographing. Moreover, the Turkish market was a nice surprise. We bought some dried exotic fruits and tasted all sorts of traditional sweets. In the same area, we ate breakfast in Viktoriapark, which has a waterfall and vineyards and we partied hard in SO36, a famous club of the punk scene.

What did we do when we left Kreuzberg? Well, Berlin has a rich history and countless landmarks. We snapped a selfie at the Brandenburg Gate and visited Charlottenburg, an amazing Prussian palace. Also, Pergamon Museum is a great choice for those passionate about Ancient Egypt.

It was pleasant to spend half a day in Tiergarten, a huge wild park in the heart of Berlin, where we admired art in the Culture Forum and had a coffee by the lakeside.

One of the things I like to do when I travel is to look for the less popular places and so I found the Museum of Computer Science, a where we remembered the first computer games, but also tried the novelties. Another amazing and entertaining place is the Museum of Technology, where you can admire anything from old boats and trains to cameras, scientific tools and production machines for a vast range of items.

We didn’t get to see very many museums because we chose to spend a lot of time outdoors or going out. We got invited at one of the Berlin private rooftop parties, where I caught the most cinematic image in my mind - the neon clothes of a bunch of youngsters shining in the sunrise light, surrounded by tall plants and flower fencing the terrace.

We also tried the most talked about venues: the techno club Ostgut, the underground Tresor, the selective Watergate, the outdoor Club der Visionaere. Berlin is the world capital of techno, which is not my gang’s favorite music, so we didn’t really have a blast, but we did club hopping to get an idea about the much-awed nightlife of Berlin. Our conclusion is that the party places are indeed original, but the atmosphere is created by diverse people populating this city, each of them coming with a personal fashion sense and different party habits.

All in all, we had a great stay in this city and we look forward to coming back for another German adventure.
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Berlin, Germany