the center of German culture lays the modern mega-city of Berlin. The city has a unique personality balanced between a tumultuous past and youthfully dynamic present. In the areas of Mitte and Kruezberg, you can venture to Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie, Niederkirchnerstrasse, or the Jewish Museum for a required dose of local and world history. Afterward, you can venture to either the neighborhoods of Neukölln or Friedrichshain to experience where the hip intellectuals spend their time at markets and cafes. The energetic pulse of the city keeps pace at night; with bumping dance halls like Tresor or world class Berghain where locals go to ‘church’.