“Berlin ist arm, aber sexy” – “Berlin is poor, but sexy”.
Ten years ago, this was how the city’s mayor described the German capital. In the decade since, Berlin has boomed as a centre for art, culture and most notably tourism. The city still represents great value for a city break despite being Europe’s third most visited short holiday destination behind London and Paris.
Unsurprisingly, the boom in tourism has helped drive a great increase in the quality and variety of hotels on offer in the city. Tourists are now able to choose from luxury apartment-style flats and boutique hotels in addition to the budget hostels that Berlin is famous for.
Boasting some of the world’s best clubs alongside many of the most important sites in European history, Berlin has something to offer tourists of all ages. The city has embraced the scars of its past and now has a unique ‘shabby chic’ that has made it one of the world’s fashion capitals.
Now is the perfect time to visit Berlin – it may no longer be poor, but it is most definitely still sexy!