Berlin is a sprawling city with six million residents. Now the capital of Germany, the center of the recently re-united country is a complex and fascinating place to visit. The old (a thatched roof still covers one of the city's U-Bahn stations) is severely juxtaposed with the remarkable and edgy new.
There are constant reminders of the Berlin Wall - remnants and monuments pop up throughout the city. And as one remembrance of the Second World War, a bombed out church stands in the middle of the prominent main shopping street, the KuDam.
There's a wonderful selection of art museums all over the city and galleries clustered in a few areas that are certainly worth finding. The modern architecture is stunning - though one must be prepared to tolerate construction cranes all over the city as it becomes even more developed - something of a controversy among the residents.