Berlin, Germany is a beautiful city with a rich history that dates back to the 13th century. Today, it is home to almost 3.5 million people and is the capital city of Germany. It is also a very green city, with approximately 33 percent of the city being made up of forests, gardens, lakes, and parks. It seems like something new is always going on in Berlin, which makes an interesting location to study abroad in. Here are our tips for the things you must do and see while you are studying abroad in Berlin.
1. Enjoy a Long Night at the Museums. The Long Night of Museums originated in Berlin in 1997, and now it is celebrated in more than 120 other cities around the world. During the Long Night of Museums, you can buy one entrance pass and then visit various museums until late into the night (usually the festivities end around 2:00am in Berlin). Tickets are not expensive (usually under 15 Euros) and will allow you to see impressive museums such as the Kulturforum and Gemaldegalerie under very unique conditions.
2. Feel like royalty at the Schoss Charlottenburg. This palace was built for Queen Sophie-Charlotte and is the last standing palace that belonged to the Hohenzollern royal family. It is also the only royal residence in Berlin. When you visit this palace, you have to see the New Wing, which is home to some fantastic examples of Rococo extravagance, and the contrasting winter chambers of Friedrich Wilhelm. The gardens surrounding the palace are also beautiful. This would be a good place to go on a date because strolling through the gardens can be quite romantic.
3. Get your tan on at the Badeschiff. This unique attraction spot is a former river barge that has been turned into an anchored swimming pool on the Spree River. Bring your swimming suit and sunscreen and soak up some rays on the “bathing ship.” Then at night, Badeschiff turns into a night club where you can dance and enjoy the famous Berlin nightlife. During the winter, the ship adds saunas to keep the steamy feeling going all year long.
4. Go back in time at the Pergamon Museum. This museum is internationally renowned as one of the best ancient history museums in the world. Some of the most interesting things you can see here include the Altar of Zeus and the Ishtar Gate from Babylon. There is also an Islamic art exhibit that is very impressive. All in all, this museum will not take too much time to experience, but it is very interesting and worth the entrance fee. Also very close by are the Altes and Bode Museuems, so you can visit all three museums without having to trek across the city.
5. Attend a concert by the Berlin Philharmonic. IIf you are a fan of symphony orchestras and classical music, attending a concert performance of the Berlin Philharmoniker is something you can not miss. The Philharmoniker is housed in a beautiful concert hall that was designed by Hans Scharoun and is very distinguishable from the others around it because it is yellow. The acoustics inside the building are superb, adding to the quality of the concerts that are held here. Tickets range in price from pretty affordable to pretty expensive, but since the acoustics are so great, it does not really matter where you sit, so i recommend saving some money while still being able to truly enjoy the music.
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