Earlier this month, Singapore’s vaccinated travel lanes (VTLs) allow travelers to Germany to enter the country without giving notice of stay at home.
For those of us who feel the urge to travel, it just means one less hurdle in the way of our hassle-free travel plans that might be more economical than we anticipated.
Picturesque landscapes, great food and alcohol, pleasant weather, a mix of old world charms and contemporary architecture – Germany ticks all the boxes.
And if you are planning to take a trip this year, then visit its capital, Berlin, is a must. In this edition of Wander from Home, we’re highlighting the must-sees of the cosmopolitan city, which might help you plan this getaway too!
Relive a story of revolution
One of the most significant periods in Berlin’s long and complex history is the fall of the Berlin Wall and the reunification of Germany.
Learn more about this period with the virtual exhibition Revolution in Berlin; for a more personal touch and heartfelt stories, Years of change has compiled diary entries around the time of German reunification, with a collection of brief vignettes to make you relive this part of history.
For the iconic monument that symbolizes freedom and the desire to unify the city of Berlin, experience a 360 ° tour of the Brandenburg Gate here.
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Explore Berlin’s Museum Island
If you’re an art lover, there’s nothing better than exploring a museum on your vacation – except maybe exploring an entire island of museums.
that of Berlin Museum Island is a complex of five museums in the central Mitte district of Berlin, where you will find Ancient egyptian cultural and Greco-Roman Antiquity up to 19th century European art.
Dip your toes into over 6,000 years of human history on Museum Island virtual collection.
Enjoy a world-class concert with the Berliner Philharmoniker
The Berliner Philharmoniker is one of the best orchestras in the world, and we are delighted to have a selection of their best concerts available on demand in their Digital concert hall, including their interpretation of Symphony No.7 in A major by Ludwig van Beethoven under the direction of conductor Kirill Petrenko.
Classical music enthusiasts may want to explore their entire archive , which features hundreds of concerts spanning six decades.
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Exploring street art
Berlin is a real mine of Street art, each neighborhood exploding with graffiti, murals, posters and even entire street installations.
Political and cultural motifs have long been part of street art in Berlin, and it’s most evident in the East Side Gallery, a stretch of the Berlin Wall that has been covered in art since its fall in 1989. This virtual exhibition presents some of the most important pieces in the gallery.
Party at night Berlin style
Berlin is known for its party culture and is home to some of the best (and most exclusive) clubs in the world.
And like all of us, Berlin’s top DJs had to come online and stream their music for everyone to hear. Dress up in your best clubbing and get ready to dance the night away to Berlin’s eccentric electronic music brand with United We Stream.
Visit Berlin’s green lung
New York has Central Park and Berlin has Tiergarten. Formerly a hunting ground for royalty and nobility – until the end of the 17th century – the 210-hectare park is today at the heart of city life.
In the devastating wake of World War II, the entire region was nearly deforested to provide fuel to Berliners during the winter of 1945. Most trees were replanted from 1949, with greenery coming from all over the place. ‘Germany.
Berlin comfort food classics
The metropolitan city has a diverse culinary culture, serving everything from traditional German dishes to delicious Asian dishes and doner kebabs that fill your stomach and soul.
A must is Currywurst, basically a fried pork sausage that’s smothered in a concoction of ketchup and curry powder, usually served with fries.
Or go for the Käsespätzle (think German Mac and Cheese), a classic comfort food dish perfect for a night out. Lucky for us, German food in Singapore isn’t that hard to come by.
Drink like a Berliner
The Berlin experience is not complete without a dip in their drinking culture. Try a Berliner pilsner, the drink of the common man in Berlin. For a more authentic German drinking experience, visit Paulaner Bräuhaus, the only German microbrewery in Singapore.
If you much prefer vino, the wines of Germany are – if they are less appreciated than its beers – just as delicious. Opt for a traditional Riesling or try the lesser-known Silvaner variety from the Franconia region of Germany, traditionally bottled in the unique bocksbeutel (a curved, elliptical wine bottle).
Visit Sanssouci Palace in Potsdam
If the concrete jungle of the city of Berlin gets a bit too much, take a half-hour train to Potsdam. Sanssouci Palace is an epic and grandiose expression of 18th century architecture, far from modern styles just a stone’s throw from Berlin.
Built as Frederick the Great’s summer palace between 1745 and 1747, the place is not only made up of the palace building but also a sprawling park and grounds, making it a real joy to visit. visit in summer. Take a virtual look at the palace and to park to his favorite.
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This article first appeared in Nomads of the city.