9 Things To Know Before Your First Trip To Berlin

If you’re looking for elegant restaurants, upscale shopping, and lively bars, Berlin offers an abundance. Potsdamer Platz has all of that, right in the center of the city.

But everywhere in Berlin are stark reminders of the violence of World War II, the wrenching reality of the Holocaust, and the oppression of a regime that built a wall to divide the city, cruelly separating families and friends. Sometimes the history is so dense that it converges, such as at the Topography of Terror museum. Here you can immerse yourself in World War II and the Cold War, and then walk around the corner to the famous Checkpoint Charlie that was once a guard post on the Berlin Wall. Read the full travel article here.