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Leisure in Berlin

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Wondering how to spend your leisure time in Berlin? Here is an overview of the various leisure activities available in the German capital city.

Berlin, which is found in North-east Germany, is not only the country's capital city but also its biggest city. If you have decided to settle there, you are likely to run out of time in discovering its huge historical and cultural wealth. In fact, Berlin is a leading European city in terms of leisure and events. You can not only visit its museums, monuments, parks, etc., but also indulge in your favorite activities such as shopping, movies, restaurants, clubbing, and many others.

History and culture

Berlin hosts many history and art museums, as well as huge ancient architectures which you can discover during your stay. You will also find many gardens and natural parks, as well as cinemas, theaters, etc. Moreover, the Museum Island, which is found in the Mitte district, is listed as a World Heritage by UNESCO. You can also visit the Bebelplatz, Gendarmenmarkt, Alexanderplatz, Potsdamer Platz, as well as the National Gallery, the Bode and the Pergamon Museum.

The Brandenburg Gate, which is found in Berlin West, and Reichstag, located near the Republic Plaza, are part of the city's last historical patrimony. Charlottenburg Palace, which is found in Berlin North, is another splendid historical site. You can also take the time to visit the Cultural Forum, near Potsdamer Platz, which hosts European paintings from the thirteenth to the eighteenth century. The Hamburgen Bahnhof, for its part, is a contemporary art museum.

Parks

You are also likely to find many parks and green spaces in Berlin where you can spend some time with your family or friends. The Tiergarten park, which is close to the city center, the Botanischer Garten consisting of a set of greenhouses sheltering tropical and subtropical plant species, and the Vicktoria Park, which is found on Berlin's highest hill and comprising an artificial waterfall, are not to be missed. You can also have a walk through the Grunewald forest which stretches over some 3,100 hectares of land.

Shopping and nightlife

Being a very busy city, Berlin hosts many restaurants, bars, pubs, nightclubs, etc. Hence, you can start your Sunday by a nice brunch with your friends like Germans do. Shopping lovers will be delighted with the number of huge shopping malls and luxurious boutiques all around the city. You are also likely to find shopping alleys, as well as flea markets, known as Flohmark, which are held every Sunday.

In Berlin West, you will find the Kurfürstendamm which host Europe's biggest stores. Mitte, for its part, is a real nest for independent creative designers. During the Christmas season, do not miss the numerous Christmas market or Weihnachtsmarkt which are held throughout the city.

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Music and nightlife lovers will simply be amazed by number of pubs, bars and nightclubs they are going to find in Berlin, along with different musical genres for all tastes: electro, pop, rock, dance, etc.

Sports

If you like sports, you can follow football matches and other sports events which are live broadcasted on TV. You may also register with a gym or fitness center, for yoga classes, or in any other sports club such as tennis, swimming, martial arts, dance, golf, etc.

 Useful links:

Official website of the city of Berlin www.visitberlin.de
Expat.com – Berlin Forum 
Expat.com – Berlin Leisure directory 
Yelp - gyms in Berlin www.yelp.co.uk

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