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Street artists use the world as their canvas. Their art adds interest to corners of cities, often making us smile and think. Here are 3 cities is Europe that are worth checking out just for their street art: Berlin, Barcelona and Bristol

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Other than Berlin, there are only a few other cities worldwide offer more exotic places for gays and lesbians. If you’d want have a perfect gay holiday, Berlin is the place to be!

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Maybe you’re a burger fan and like to find the best burger in every city you visit, or perhaps you’re craving a little taste of home while you travel abroad. There are a lot of choices for American fare in Berlin, but few present the kind of quality fare true foodies search for. Here are a couple of key places to hit up if you’re looking for an American restaurant in Berlin.

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The 155-km long Berlin Wall, built in 1961 to prevent large-scale emigration from East Germany to West Germany, symbolized partition of the country and division of the globe into two powerful blocks. The historic landmark boasted more than 300 observation towers and various deadly defenses –fakir beds and anti-vehicle trenches- dotting the “death strip” circumscribing its entire length. The fall of the wall in 1989 concluded the Cold War and reunited the country. However, some sections of the wall are preserved, but visitors can browse through related events in different wall memorials.

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Berlin is abounding with purchasing potential, whether you’re equipped with money to burn or are one of the city’s many budgeted traveler. From the offbeat neighborhoods of Freidrichshain and Kreuzberg to the more mainstream found in Berlin’s central districts, indulgence is easy. There are, however, are a couple things unique to the city that shouldn’t be missed.

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All of us like gorgeous landscapes, manmade skylines and bird’s eye view, but we cannot fly like birds. We can be flown. We can use hot balloons, hang gliders and parachutes to enjoy the expansive views, but all four means are expensive. However, climbing stairs and/or using modern lifts that lead to various observation platforms commanding panoramic views of Berlin, Germany, and its neighbouring regions is very much affordable. Avid photographers and travelers can take advantage of the platforms in many tall buildings of the city, including Fernsehturm and Müggelturm.

Berlin Germany From Above

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Berlin, Germany‘s nightlife is as diverse as the city itself and due to the influx of international residents and visitors in the past few years, the city now features a nightlife scene that can certainly rival any other European metropolis. It’s much more than a watering hole with beer bars, as some may expect. From classic hotel bars to the local pub around the corner, Berlin provides tourists and locals alike with a fascinating variety of bars, clubs, and lounges that ensure a good time.

Berlin Germany Night

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Visiting Germany and the city of Berlin avails the international traveler with a number of different tourist venues that are all worth taking in. The Black Forest, famous World War II landmarks, winter skiing venues, and more are there to please those with different tastes. In many instances, it is the German cuisine that holds the major allure for international visitors despite the architecture, culture, and history of the country. We have compiled a listing of the top gourmet restaurants in Berlin for your consideration.

Berlin Germany Food

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As the capital city of Germany, Berlin is a city of culture, art, and modern architecture, but also of internationally beloved nightlife and diversity. There are nocturnal activities to boot and everyone has something they love. A little known fact is that Berlin also provides entertainment for those who seek laughter: English-language Comedy Clubs! The scene is on the rise and well-established comedy shows as well as amateur “open mic” nights are flourishing all over the city’s international quarters.

Berlin Nightlife

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Berlin‘s nightlife is synonymous with great bars, clubs and electronic music. Tourists and travellers alike flock to Germany in droves every year to participate in this city’s distinct brand of hedonism. But you should be warned, its not for the faint hearted. Most bars and clubs don’t open till very late and close whenever the crowd dissipates and don’t even dream of entering a club before 2 am.

Berlin Night

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Art is huge in Berlin, Germany. Not only is every other person you see on the street very likely to be an aspiring artist, but galleries and art museums abound, making it easy to fill days, if not weeks with art experiences. The fact that ”everyone” does art is a combination of the low living costs, which have caused a pilgrimage of artists within basically every field to Berlin, but also it is due to an unusually allowing and creative atmosphere. As a result, the quality of the work exhibited can be more or less questionable, but there are a number of reliable art institutions that usually won’t disappoint.

Berlin Museum

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The 61st Berlin Film Festival (Berlinale), an 11-day film industry event, will start on February 10, 2011 in Berlin. This cultural event boasts the largest film festival audience in the world. The event will draw film lovers, film professionals, filmmakers and media community from across the world.

Berlinale 2011

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Berlin is one huge historical site. This city has seen it all, and the grand events which took place here have left powerful marks. Reminders of the second world war are everywhere, such as the still visible holes in the walls – results of machine gun fire – or the empty lots scattering the city centre, where houses were once bombed away in the Allied air raids in search of snipers.

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An ever-present piece of history is naturally the Berlin Wall. It pops up every here and there, but perhaps the most visited location to have a look at this once so dreaded piece of concrete is the East Side Gallery, which runs along the bank of the river Spree between areas

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Berlin has been hosting the Six Day Race since 1909, but it was not held between 1935 and 1948. The American cyclists- Floyd McFarland and Jimmy Moran- won the first race.

Berlin cycling race

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The six-day race will start on January 27, 2011 to select 100th winner among the best cyclists from around the world. read full article

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The German Christmas markets, an annual affair, open in the end of November and lasts until the end of 4-week long Advent. Choral music wafts through the nippy air of the winter until the last day of the market. A Christmas market, a street market originated in Germany, recreates the nativity scenes, and sells ornamentations for Christmas tree, traditional food, local arts and crafts, gifts and souvenirs, to name but a few.

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The “Christmas Magic” Market (WeihnachtsZauber) on Gendarmenmarkt square in Berlin, one of the best Christmas markets in Berlin, showcases works of different genres such as stone and wood sculpture, carpentry, photography and painting. Visitors can watch artisans at work and buy handmade goods. It hosts fire swallowing, acrobatics, juggling, dance, and choral and classical music shows all 38 days to entertain the public. The market serves traditional cuisine, gourmet food, seasonal delicacies and exquisite snacks to reenergize visitors spent after browsing through the stalls. read full article

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