So far this century, the list of great global cities has expanded in all directions, dotting the four corners of the world map. In the Far East, frenetic cities where the day seems to have more than 24 hours and the skyscrapers sprout with the rain; in the Persian Gulf, science fiction metropolis full of luxury and excess; in North America and Oceania, prosperous capitals in which the word crisis is not used, and in Africa and Latin America, huge and bustling cities where the future is already present.

In the case of Europe, it can be said that whoever had, retained. An adage that is fulfilled perfectly with Berlin. The avant-garde German capital sheds its skin at every blink of history – in recent months, since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, it is estimated that an average of a thousand refugees arrive in the city daily – and remains one of the travel destinations interesting in the world, with constant stimulation and new plans that mean that there is always something of great interest to see and visit.Berlin, the capital of Germany.

The new museums in Berlin

The Berlin Museum Island is one of the most visited places in the German capital. Recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, the enclave has been considered for decades as the cultural heart of Berlin, an area that in recent months has seen the birth of a new icon, the Humboldt Forum, which occupies the impressive Royal Palace of Berlin.

The palace was for almost 500 years the official residence of the Hohenzollern dynasty – and, during the lead years of the German division, the People’s Palace of the GDR. In the 16th century it housed a “chamber of curiosities” -Kunstkammer- where the most varied objects from all over the world were kept and sometimes exhibited to the public, and which is considered the ancestor of the current concept of “museum”. Now it shines again in all its splendor. 

After some work that, with a cost of close to 680 million euros, lasted for seven years until its virtual inauguration in 2020 -and physical in 2021-, the rooms of the Humboldt Forum occupy no less than 30,000 square meters of the palace. They house the excellent and huge permanent collections of the Ethnological or Asian Art Museum -definitively installed here-, the rich collections of the palace -from armor from the Middle Ages to Baroque sculptures- and spaces dedicated to the trajectory of the Humboldt brothers, the famous researchers which give their name to the complex where, in addition, you can enjoy numerous cafes, restaurants and shops.The Berlin Museum Island.

The Samurai Museum has a large collection of everyday weapons and tools related to the samurai culture

On the so-called “Galleries Mile”, the elegant Auguststraße, awaits the brand new Samurai Museum. Since its opening last March, the museum has become a fixture on the agendas of Berliners -especially families: on weekends the movement of young and old proves it- thanks to its impressive collection of weapons and everyday tools related to the samurai culture -one of the largest in the world-, in addition to temporary exhibitions of contemporary Japanese artists.

And, in true Berlin style, an old gas station has been turned into a museum. This is the Kleine Grosz Museum, which honors the memory of the Dadaist George Grosz, one of the greatest German artists with a collection of his best works in history, who would be more than happy with the location and also with the beautiful garden , an authentic oasis in the middle of the city.Kleine Grosz Museum in Berlin.

Michelin stars and the best schnitzel

In Berlin, as in all of Germany, you eat a lot and very well. Up to 24 restaurants in the city are adorned with Michelin stars, and one of them with three, the Rutz of the legendary chef Marco Müller (Chausseestraße 8, on the 14th floor of the Intercontinental Hotel), considered one of the best in Germany for his mastery when it comes to giving new twists to the most traditional flavors. 

More informal is the Cookies Cream (Behrenstraße 55), located in an old nightclub, and which a star consecrates as one of the most interesting vegetarian restaurants. Michael Kempf continues with his two stars at Facil, the restaurant at the Mandala hotel (Posdamer Strasse, 3), with its wonderful meats and its no less spectacular wine cellar.Cookies Cream restaurant in Berlin.

The Grosz restaurant, a favorite with the arts community, serves the best schnitzel in town

A few meters from Checkpoint Charlie, the place where spies were exchanged during the cold war that marked one of the borders between East and West Berlin, is the alternative Nobelhart & Schmutzig (Friedrichstraße 218), with its menu of super creative dishes made with ingredients from local producers. And one address to always keep in mind is the traditional Grosz (Kurfürstendamm 193), the favorite of the Berlin art community and where the best schnitzel in the city is served.The Grosz restaurant in Berlin.

The neighborhoods of Berlin, so different from each other

The great house music clubs of Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg or the urban renaissance of areas such as Bikini Berlin, a complex from the middle of the last century that, after a brilliant architectural reconversion, has become another icon of the city. They exemplify that the mutant DNA of Berlin is very present in its neighborhoods, so different from each other.

The twelve districts of the city are, almost, like different cities: from the groundbreaking and alternative Mitte, with its art galleries and squatted buildings, where the best clubs in the city are located, to the vitalist Kreuzberg, with its colorful facades, its stalls of food from all over the world or its vintage cafes, full of customers who, connected to their computers, work while the life of the city parades on the other side of the windows.

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