One of the most awesome things about sports travel is that it showcases destinations at their very best, when they’re full of proud and enthused locals who are just as excited about the events going on there as you are. Berlin is a very cool city that has a lot to offer, so building a trip around your visit there will ensure you get to experience plenty of history, culture, and excellent food as well as getting some of the best soccer players in the world play for their national teams. Here’s are three reasons why you’ll fall in love with Berlin while visiting for the Champions League Final, though of course there are many, many more.
1) Rich History While Berlin was of course bombed heavily in WWII, there remains plenty of beautiful architecture – including palaces, museums, and bridges, spanning centuries throughout the city. Take a short trip outside the city limits and you’ll find castles and villages that look as though they were lifted from the pages of a fairytale. This is of course in stark contrast to the post-war construction of the former East Berlin, which is of course another fascinating aspect of the city to explore. Walking the city gives so many perspectives of its evolution, and plenty of photo opportunities too.
2) Vibrant Culture Artists and bohemians alike have made Berlin their home for since the middle ages, and if you love visual arts then you’ll be spoiled by Berlin, as there are so many opportunities to engage with arts both historic and contemporary. From the Berlinische Galerie which showcases Berlin made art from the 1880s through 1980s, to The Gemäldegalerie with its fabulous collection of art from the middles ages through 18th century, to dozens of galleries showcasing contemporary exhibitions, you could lose weeks just exploring art in the city. There is also plenty of art-house cinema to explore, plus performance and installation art too.
3) Bars and Restaurants Whether you’re looking for somewhere to watch the soccer over a beer or somewhere more upmarket for a gourmet dining experience, Berlin will never disappoint. There are plenty of traditional beer gardens and fun beach bars along the banks of the River Spree, as well as more trendy or cool places to imbibe. As for restaurants in the city, the varied mix of ethnicities in the city has lead to an interesting scene where you can get whatever type of cuisine your heart desires (whether that be a traditional bratwurst from a street vendor or a a multi-course Ethiopian meal). There are of course plenty of upscale restaurants to enjoy too, with Micheline Star winning chefs such as Pierre Gagnaire showcasing his culinary brillance at Les Solistes the Waldorf Astoria and plenty of other world renowned chefs with their own places too.
Come to Berlin with us for the 2015 UEFA Champions League Final and we will create a customized itinerary that shows you the sides of the city that excite you the most, put you up in the best hotels, and make all your travel arrangements. Contact us to find out how we can create the perfect trip for you, and whomever you’d like to experience this epic sporting event with.