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People have always been hooked on Berlin. The setting for momentous political and historical events and haven for various lifestyles and artistic movements, the city never stops reinventing itself. Despite its tumultuous past, today Berlin considers itself very much at the modern heart of Europe and is acknowledged as a trendsetter the world over. Surrounded by lakes and forests, offering plenty of recreational activities - it is also a place to find peace and tranquillity. Berlin is a metaphor for life, with all its highs and lows; at the interface between Western and Eastern Europe, the important things in life are tangible here. MARCO POLO Berlin guides you though a city of design, the city of The Wall and the metropolis that never closes. The practical, pocket-sized guide takes you on a tour through its endlessly varied museum and cultural landscape, and shows you its lively nightlife and enticing shops. The 'Where to Start' panels highlight the best places to begin sightseeing, the best places to shop, and the trendiest places to go in the evening. The Insider Tips explain how to take a ride in the U-Bahn Cabrio (open-top metro) and where to buy violet mustard, milk grappa, and garlic chocolates. The Best Of pages highlight some unique aspects of Berlin, recommend places to go for free, and have tips for rainy days and where you can relax and unwind. Panels in each chapter suggest things to do if you're on a tight budget and where to pick up some real bargains. The City Walks include exploring the past in the Hackesche Höfe (courtyards) and strolling along the line of the now vanished Wall. Excursions take you to the magnificent Prussian palace of Sanssouci and the waterside town of Köpenick with its historic centre. The Do's & Don'ts explain why its best to steer clear of conjuring tricks, and the Travel Tips tell you why it's best instead to put your money on the WellcomeCard. MARCO POLO Berlin provides comprehensive coverage of the city. To help you find your way around there's a detailed street atlas inside, a useful public transport map in the backcover, plus a handy pull-out map.